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Welcome to the 2022 Great American XC Festival, Presented by Garmin!

July 20, 2022 update -- We are excited to again be able to host the Great American XC Festival, Presented by Garmin at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Saturday, October 1, 2022!



 The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF), along with the support of Garmin and Nike are excited for the opportunity to host the 2022 Great American XC Festival. 


Bring your entire team and join us for an exciting morning of races at the Wake Med cross-country course in Cary NC, there is a race for your entire team. We will kick off the exciting morning of races with the HBCU Cedric Walker Challenge and the highlight of high school races is sure to be the boys and girls Race of Champions, both Presented by Nike 

**Our event will be NFHS sanctioned.** All teams and individuals must represent his/her high school and be in good standing with the National Federation of State High School Association.


Meet Date and Location: 

Saturday Oct. 1, 2022 Wake Med Soccer Park,101 Soccer Park Drive, Cary NC


What High Schools can compete? 

This meet will be sanctioned with a NFHS sanction.  All HS team that are teams that are NFHS member high schools are welcome to attend.  Teams will register using their school affiliation and must compete representing their respective high school. Races are open to all high school teams regardless of location. 


How do I register:


Entry Fees: 

$140.00 per team of up to 10 athletes

$45.00 per individual athlete 

$350.00 bulk fee per school


** Entry fees can be made via credit card on AthleticNET or check can be mailed ahead of time to:



91 Nahatan Street

Westwood, MA 02090


**If paying by check, please make out the check to NSAF

**Checks can also be brought to packet pick up on meet day.

**All entry fees must be paid to receive team packet.


Entry Deadline:

Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00pm EDT





Race Schedule:

9:00 AM - HBCU Challenge - Men’s 8K

9:40 AM - HBCU Challenge - Women’s 5k

10:10 AM - Invitational Blue Race - Boys

10:35 AM - Invitational Blue Race - Girls 

11:05 AM -Race of Champions - Boys

11:30 AM - Race of Champions - Girls

12:00 PM - Invitational Red Race - Boys

12:25 AM - Invitational Red Race - Girls

12:55 AM - JV - Boys

1:20 PM - JV – Girls


Race Selection

*All races are 5k with the exception of the HBCU Men race.


*The boys and girls Race of Champions will be limited to the top 28-32 teams that register for this race and will be determined by our selection committee. We will also allow 30-40 individuals in the ROC.  Teams register but are not selected for these championship races, will be moved to the Open “Blue” race.


*Coach can enter up to 10 athletes in the ROC, Open Blue, and Open Red. 


*The JV section will be unlimited entries but we will score each teams top 5 finishers with 2 pushers.  We will not have multiple team designations within this section.   


Awards Ceremonies

Awards ceremonies will take place approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of each race at the awards area. 


JV Races

Trophy to team champion in the boys and girl’s race

Medals will be awarded to the top 10 finishers 

Top finisher t-shirts to top 10 individuals 


Blue Open Races

Trophy to team champion in the boys and girl’s race

Medals will be awarded to the top 10 finishers

Top finisher tees to top 10 individuals


Red Open Race

Trophy to team champion in the boys and girl’s race

Medals will be awarded to the top 10 finishers

Top finisher tees to top 10 individuals


Race of Champions

Trophy to top team champions and runner-up in each ROC section

Medals will be awarded to the top 10 finishers

Top finisher tees to top 10 individuals in each section


Packet Pick-up: 


Friday, September 30th from 1:00pm-5:00pm (Course opens at 2pm for run-thrus)

Saturday, October 1st from 7:30am-12:30pm



Retail Sales:

Nike apparel will be for sale on course run thru day and meet day.

Friday, September 30th from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Saturday, October 1st from 7:30am-12:30pm


Bib Number/Timing Chip:  

Timing chips will be assigned to each athlete that will correspond to his/her bib number. Chips will be colllected in the finish corral. Athletes must wear assigned bib number.


Box Assignments:  

Box number assignments will be included in the packets and will be available at check in. They will also be available at 



Results will be available on, AthleticNET and


Spectator Admission: 

Admission is free, parking is $10.00, CASH ONLY, per vehicle entering the park.



Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh/Cary I-40 PNC Arena
111 Hampton Woods Lane

Raleigh, NC 27607


(can call and reference Great American Cross Country

or group code GAC, or click on the link below)

LINK for GAXC Group Rate




Bottles of Gatorade and water will be available to athletes on site.



Certified trainers will be on site at all times when the course is open. 


Lost and Found:

Any lost and found items can be picked up at the packet pick up area at the course. 


Additional Questions

Contact Kristi Rieger -NSAF Director of Events


The GAXC Festival started in 1999, was purchased by the NSAF in 2002, and has been hosted at WakeMed Soccer Park since 2009. In 2021 we had 11 boys' and girls' varsity and junior varsity 5,000m races, highlighted by the Nike Race of Champions events -- plus the Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge men's 8k and women's 5k championship races.

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