INDIANAPOLIS - Defending women's team champions Boulder Running Company/adidas and two-time men's national team titlists ZAP Fitness (Blowing Rock, N.C.) will join more than 100 USATF clubs Saturday at the 2009 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky.
The 12th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships features America's top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States vying for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team. More than 1,000 competitors are expected at the event, which features a 10-kilometer men's race and a 6-kilometer women's race. Clubs will compete for a total prize purse of $30,000, with $25,000 going to the top open teams.
Looking to win their third team title, ZAP Fitness will have to contend with a strong squad from the Asics Aggie Running Club (Martinez, Calif.), Club Northwest (Seattle, Wash.) and 2000 team champions Wisconsin Runner Racing Team (Madison, Wis.).
Challenging for the individual title will be David Jankowski of Zap Fitness, who recently finished third at the historic Manchester Road Race. Jankowski will face the Aggie's Sergio Reyes and Phil Reid as well as the Boston Athletic Association's Lucas Meyer.
On the women's side, 2009 World Championships marathoner Tera Moody will lead the women of the Boulder Running Company/adidas as they defend their national title. Challenging for the women's team title will be the ladies of the Boston Athletic Association as they seek their fourth team crown. The women of McMillan Elite (Flagstaff, Ariz.) are also expected to contend for the team title.
Moody will also be in contention for the individual title along with Kasie Enman of the Boston Athletic Association, and Lindsay Allen of McMillan Elite.
National titles are also on the line for teams in masters age divisions starting at age 40+.
Among the leading teams in the masters races will be men's teams from the Front Line Racing Team (Allen Park, Mich.), Dirigo R.C. (Falmouth, Maine), Genesee Valley Harriers (Rochester, N.Y.) and Fleet Feet Boulder Racing Team (Boulder, Colo.).
Top masters women's teams will include the Impala Racing Team (San Francisco, Calif.), See Jane Run (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Club Northwest (Seattle, Wash.).
Action at Masterson Station Park gets underway at 9:30 am with the community 6 km run. The masters women's 6 km starts at 10:30 am, followed by the masters men's 10 km at 11:30 am. The open women's 6 km begins at 12:45 pm, with the open men's 10 km concluding the day's activities at 1:30 pm.
For more information about the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, please visit USATF.org.
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