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2019 GAXC Festival is on!

October, 2019 -- The 2019 Great American Cross Country Festival and co-current Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 -- now just weeks away! Registration opened this past spring and you can REGISTER NOW!

Once again, the GAXC will serve as an the Official NXN Southeast Pre-Regional Meet. Last year marked our third GAXC with new presenting sponsor Nike. Nike was a previous sponsor of the Festival, back in the 2000s.

College/university men’s 8,000-meter and women’s 5,000-meter competition became part of the Festival again last year. We expect to run these together with the HBCU Challenge 8k and 5k races, but scored separately.

The Nike Apparel Tent will have all kinds of cool and exciting apparel and accessories all weekend! The tent will be open during packet pickup and the course run-through Friday afternoon, October 4 from 1pm to 5pm, then again on race-day Saturday, October 5 from 7am to 2pm.

The GAXC Festival started in 1999, was purchased by the NSAF in 2002, and has been hosted at WakeMed Soccer Park since 2009. The past few years we have had 13 boys' and girls' varsity and junior varsity 5,000m races, highlighted by the Nike Race of Champions events and the Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge men's 8k and women's 5k championship races.

2019 QuickStart

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2018 GAXC Festival and HBCU Challenge: Wet… but fast

More than 3,000 athletes who contested the 2018 Great American XC Festival and Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge last month were greeted on race day by light-to-moderate rain that lasted on and off all day long. But that turned out to be a good thing, when it came to providing faster racing conditions.

The scorching heat from the previous day was gone and, with the rain accompanied by little or no wind, some of the fastest times in meet history were posted at WakeMed Soccer Park. Sixty-eight boys ran 16:00 or faster during the day’s races, while 49 girls broke 19:00.

Race Highlights

Nor did the rain dampen the festivities that make GAXC a “Festival!”  There were fun activities to keep teams and their families entertained all day long at WakeMed. In addition, Nike provided an awesome apparel tent that sold out of almost everything, as well as a special booth where athletes and fans could meet and get autographs from Nike superstar distance runner Shelby Houlihan.

The NSAF thanks its Title Sponsor – Nike – as well as its Official Sports Fuel Provider, Gatorade, for all of their support. We were also glad to have our partner ElliptiGO on hand for GAXC for the first time, along with our new partners from Camp Gladiator! We’re very thankful for all of the other generous supporters for whom our races have been named: The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the Town of Cary, Primo Water, Roll Recovery and the Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic.




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