Nike Cross Nationals 2017 Day #1

NXN was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Nike Cross Nationals is a race featuring the best XC runners in the country. To qualify, an individual has to place within the top 5 at 1 of the 8 regional meets throughout the country. Or a team can qualify by placing within the top 2 in their region.

It is extremely difficult to qualify for this national meet, but this year I was lucky enough to be one of those people. When you qualify for this race, Nike pays for food, flights, and tons of gear to make this trip epic. Meeting new people, running on the most beautiful trails in the country and racing against incredible competition was all included in the adventure. I even got to talk to and learn from Galen Rupp, Hassan Mead, Shalane Flanagan, and Marc Scott, all of which are professional Nike runners.

The highlight of the trip was seeing my newly made friend Aidan Troutner win the entire thing. He is one of the most humble guys I have ever met and was also extremely underrated going into the race. This upset was absolutely incredible and inspiring to me. Personally, I finished 22nd overall and 4th in the nation for the sophomore class. Now that you are done watching day #1, go watch day #2!

NXN days 2-3 vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gn6r…

Nike Nationals Race Replay: http://nxn.runnerspace.com/eprofile.p…

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