Meet Information

AAU Cross Country
National Championship
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Rd
Charlotte, NC 28212
December 2, 2017
Official Information Packet
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Rd
Charlotte, NC 28212
DECEMBER 2, 2017
AAU National Meet Director: AAU National Headquarters:
Chad Culver Reggie Williams
423-827-4977 407-828-8326
ONLINE ENTRY: Each qualified athlete who plans to participate in the 2017 AAU Cross Country National
Championship meet must register online CLICK HERE. Each athlete must bring proof of
age, and his or her current 2018 AAU Membership card. Please note that the mandated
AAU membership year is September 1-August 31.
ENTRY FEE: CLICK HERE for Entry Fee Break Down and AAU Cross Country National Championship
EXPRESS CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Cash, checks, and money orders
will not be accepted. All Entry Fees are Non-Transferable and Non-Refundable.
1. If a District does not host a District Championship, an athlete can advance directly to
the National Cross Country Championship. Their entry fees will be $35.00
2. High School athletes age 13-18 will be advanced directly to the Cross Country National
Championship. Their entry fees will be $35.00
3. An athlete may advance directly to the National Championship without competing in a
District Championship. Their entry fee will be $55.00
2016 AT 11:59 PM EST.
ENTRY INFO: Qualified teams must submit the official Online Team Entry through the Online Registration
system at and attach no more than eight (8) Individual Athletes.
Teams must provide proof of current 2018 AAU Club Membership. Note: There is no
additional entry fee, but each team member must bring proof of current club membership.
IMPORTANT: You may place a maximum of 8 athletes on a team within a division. Any teams with 5-8
athletes will be counted in the team scoring. Any teams with 4 or fewer will not be counted
in the team scoring but will be eligible for individual awards. You will be permitted to
create B, C, D, etc., teams depending upon the size of your roster in the division.
IMPORTANT: Important note for large clubs: Online entry is team oriented. If you are a large club that
will be entering more than one team in any single age division, you will need to register
each team separately. The unique team registration provides contact information and
insures that each team entered is scored separately.
Example #1: The Tennessee Flyers has 2 teams in Bantam Boys. To enter on-line, the
Tennessee Flyers club would register 2 clubs: Tennessee Flyers A and Tennessee Flyers B.
Example #2: The Kentucky Striders has 2 teams in both Bantam Boys and Youth Girls. To
enter on-line, the Kentucky Striders would register 2 teams: Kentucky Striders A and
Kentucky Striders B.
After each team is uniquely registered, you will then need to fill out a roster and submit a
meet entry for each team.
As of 9/14
QUALIFICATIONS: CLICK HERE AAU Cross Country National Championship Qualifying Procedures
Click Here For the 2017 District Championship Locations & Event Information
AGE DIVISIONS & 6 & Under Boys & Girls Born 2011 & After 1000 meters (1K)
DISTANCES: 7-8 Year Old Boys & Girls Born 2009 & 2010 2000 meters (2K)
9-10 Year Old Boys & Girls Born 2007 & 2008 3000 meters (3K)
11-12 Year Old Boys & Girls Born 2005 & 2006 3000 meters (3K)
13-14 Year Old Boys & Girls Born 2003 & 2004 4000 meters (4K)
15-18 Year Old Men & Women Born 1999 - 2002 5000 meters (5K)
*Athletes who are still 18 years of age on the day of the AAU National Cross Country National
Championship Meet shall be eligible to compete in the Young Mens or Young Womens division.
PROOF OF AGE: Proof of age is required when purchasing AAU Membership on-site at District, Regional
and National events and whenever required and/or challenged. You are required to bring
proof of age for the 2017 AAU Cross Country Nationals. Acceptable forms are as follows:
1. Original Birth Certificate
2. A notarized original birth certificate from the appropriate issuing authority
3. A US Military Government Identification Card
4. A Valid US Passport (not expired)
MEMBERSHIP: All participants are required to have a 2018 AAU membership card. Your AAU
membership number must be provided on your official online individual Athlete Entry.
Participants must be prepared to show their AAU card at registration. No athlete will be
permitted to run without a current AAU membership card. No entry forms will be
processed without your AAU membership number
RULES: The meet will be conducted under the AAU Youth Athletics Rules for Cross Country, and
the competitive rules of the National Governing Body.
HOTELS: The following host hotels offer varied amenities designed to allow AAU members to choose which
hotel fits their needs. All rates are based on availability at time of booking. Please ask for the AAU
rate when calling the hotels. If you have any questions or concerns please contact John Mark Freeze
@ (704) 331-2718 or
CLICK HERE For Hotel List
PACKET Packet Pick up will be held on Friday, December 1
st 2017 from 10am-6pm at the following
PICK-UP: location:
McAlpine Creek Park - 8711 Monroe Rd Charlotte, NC 28212
COURSE: Course maps have been provided online at and at the link below.
Please print a copy of these maps. We will not have them available at Packet Pick-Up.
CLICK HERE For Course Maps
COURSE WALK: Friday Guided walks will be as follows:
1000 M Course Walk: 10:45 am 11:30 am
2000 M Course Walk: 11:45 am 12:30 pm
3000 M Course Walk: 12:45 pm 1:30 pm
4000 M Course Walk: 1:45 pm 2:30 pm
5000 M Course Walk: 2:45 pm 3:30 pm
Non-Guided Course Walk (Sat. Morning): 7:00 am - 8:30 am (Course closes at 8:30 am)
Friday & Saturday non-guided walk: course will be open after scheduled times until
Complex closes. Course Walks may be cancelled due to rain or severe weather
SPIKES: Athletes may wear spikes.
STARTING Athletes will be assigned starting position by team and unattached numbers. These
POSITIONS: positions will be randomly drawn for each race.
BIB NUMBERS: Each competitor will receive one bib number (to be worn on the front).
RACE SCHEDULE: Athletes should be prepared to check in at the Clerks Tent at least 45 minutes prior to the
start of their race. (Tentative schedule; subject to change)
National Anthem 8:50 am
17-18 Women & 15-16 Girls 9:00 am
17-18 Men & 15-16 Boys 9:30 am
13-14 Girls 10:00 am
13-14 Boys 10:30 am
11-12 Girls 11:00 am
11-12 Boys 11:30 am
9-10 Girls 12:00pm
9-10 Boys 12:30pm
7-8 Girls 1:00pm
7-8 Boys 1:30pm
6 & Under Girls 2:00pm
6 & Under Boys 2:15pm
First Annual Coaches Run 2:35pm
AWARDS: AAU National Championship medals will be awarded to the first twenty-five (25)
individual places based on year of birth for all age divisions. A team trophy will be
presented to the 1st
* 3

rd place teams in each age division, and AAU National Championship
medals will be presented to each member of the top three teams. All American patches will
be presented to the top 8 individual finishers in each age division An Overall Team
Champion will be crowned!
AAU First Annual Coaches Run
Distance: 3k
Entry Fee: $ 35.00 - All Coaches must have an AAU Membership to participate. Awards:
Awards will be given to the Top 1st 3rd place 00
AWARD After each race there will be an official awards ceremony. Each age division will have a
PRESENTATIONS: time when they will be presented with their awards. Team (1st through 3rd) and Individual
athlete (1st through 8th) medals will be awarded at this time. Other individual medals will be
handed out at the conclusion of each race at the end of the finish line. The awards ceremony
will be approximately 30 minutes after each race.
PARTICIPATION Each participant will receive an official AAU National Championship Bag & T-Shirt at
AWARDS: packet pickup on December 2nd, 2017.
FINE DESIGNS Will be available for purchase at registration on Friday (9am 7pm) and at the course on
MERCHANDISE: Saturday (7am Competition).
CONCESSIONS: Food and beverages will be available at the meet from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday,
December 2
RESTROOMS: Available throughout the complex.
As of 9/14
WEATHER: The average temperature in Charlotte, North Carolina ranges between 35 - 65 degrees F in
early December. Please come prepared and dress accordingly.
MEDICAL: Medical staff will be on site near the finish line in the designated area. Water stations will
be located near the start and finish area. Please check the course map.
EDUCATION: The AAU National Office is happy to announce to its members, FREE Coaches' Education
for all AAU Non-Athletes. This exciting program is MANDATORY for all AAU NonAthletes
and will be administered by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). Please visit and click on JOIN NOW in order to enter and take the MANDATORY
AAU/PCA coaches educational course. Membership may be revoked from non-athletes who
do not complete course prior to competition.
This event is licensed by the Amateur Athletic Union of the U. S., Inc.
All participants must have a current AAU membership.
AAU membership may not be included as part of the entry fee to the event.
AAU membership must be obtained before the competition begins except where the event operator has a
laptop available with an internet connect. Particip