2016 USATF XC National Championships Preview - Mike Albright Photography

2016 USATF XC National Championships Preview

River's Edge Golf Course in Bend, Oregon is the site for the 2016 (and 2017) USA Track & Field Cross Country National Championships.  With a mix of turf and dirt over undulating terrain, this course should be a great challenge for athletes with wonderful viewing opportunities for spectators.  the action begins early Saturday, February 6th so come out and see what it's all about!

The River's Edge Golf Course is the site of the 2016 USATF XC National Championships.

The River's Edge Golf Course is the site of the 2016 USATF XC National Championships.

The video crew is ready for action

The video crew is ready for action

Brad Ross was called in to do some of the heavy lifting.

Brad Ross was called in to do some of the heavy lifting.

Course builder, Max King, has put together a great, spectator-friendly course.

Course builder, Max King, has put together a great, spectator-friendly course.

Eclectic Edge Racing sets up the PA and timing system for the weekend.

Eclectic Edge Racing sets up the PA and timing system for the weekend.

Announcer Check...1, 2, 3.

Announcer Check...1, 2, 3.

The start line is wide and immediately uphill.  The wind was howling today, too.

The start line is wide and immediately uphill. The wind was howling today, too.

The starting straight is very wide and funnels to the right near the top of the hill.

The starting straight is very wide and funnels to the right near the top of the hill.

Runners practice on the first section of the course.

Runners practice on the first section of the course.

At the top of the first straight the course narrows and turns through this boggy section that could be even wetter if the forecast of overnight rain holds.

At the top of the first straight the course narrows and turns through this boggy section that could be even wetter if the forecast of overnight rain holds.

The wettest part of the course.

The wettest part of the course.

This is the top of the first turn Runners enter from the right and exit to the left.

This is the top of the first turn Runners enter from the right and exit to the left.

After the first righthand corner runners head back toward the River's Edge Clubhouse.

After the first righthand corner runners head back toward the River's Edge Clubhouse.

Staying loose is the name of the game the day before a big event.

Staying loose is the name of the game the day before a big event.

Entering the uphill dirt section about half way around the course.

Entering the uphill dirt section about half way around the course.

In 2013 this was a pretty wild downhill section.  This year it is an uphill and could be the decisive section for some.

In 2013 this was a pretty wild downhill section. This year it is an uphill and could be the decisive section for some.

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A competitor studies one of the only rock sections of the course.

A competitor studies one of the only rock sections of the course.

Visit Bend is the driving force behind Bend's many National Championship events.

Visit Bend is the driving force behind Bend's many National Championship events.

After the dirt section it's back on grass and up the hill.

After the dirt section it's back on grass and up the hill.

The final downhill section.

The final downhill section.

The final downhill section before the course turns left and heads to the finish line.

The final downhill section before the course turns left and heads to the finish line.

A look up at the last downhill section.  I was hoping for a jump over the sand trap, but no.

A look up at the last downhill section. I was hoping for a jump over the sand trap, but no.

Looking forward to Saturday!

Looking forward to Saturday!

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