Nike 2010 BorderClash poster, courtesy of Nike & Runnerspace.com
So, it was way back in 1998 that the Nike BorderClash took a foothold in our sport and just has gotten better and better. Unfortunately, this will be the first year that I have missed it, but we will have coverage and a story on the event.
The brainchild of John Truax and Josh Rowe, the BorderClash is one of the singularly wonderfully creative consequences of running with friends, and perhaps some coffee and
adult beverages shared (not in that order). The idea of seeing who is the best in the Pacific
Northwest in high school cross country is the theme here, and the Nike campus has been the perfect place to hold the event, and catch up with friends in the sport.
The Nike BorderClash also gave birth to the NXN, the Nike cross country nationals, which gives the high school scene two championships to judge the best-the FootLocker (held on December 11) and the Nike NXN (held on December 4).
But, this Sunday, 40 boys and 40 girls from Washington and Oregon will duke it out over 4.4 kilometers, to see who gets to take home a Nike, the winged goddess of Victory. Should be fun!
To read about last year's epic battle, please check out: http://www.runblogrun.com/2009/11/nike-border-clash-xi-washington-over-oregon-by-larry-eder.html
TWELTH-ANNUAL NIKE BORDERCLASH TO FEATURE TOP HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS FROM OREGON AND WASHINGTON
Boys and girls cross country runners from each state will race
Sunday, November 21st at Nike's World Headquarters in Beaverton
What: Nike BorderClash features the best high school runners from Oregon and Washington in a dual meet format. Runners from each state--individuals who are fierce competitors during the race season--have been selected to rally as one team under their respective state's flag. The race's unique format is enhanced by cannons, fireworks and drum bands that perform as each state's team starts on separate starting lines. After the official start, each team runs directly at the other team for the first 100 meters and then merges onto the 4.4K course throughout Nike's campus. Washington currently leads the series 8-3.
The Nike Sportsdesk, featuring announcer Tony Revis, will serve as home base for athlete interviews, as well as race news and updates.
Who: The top 40 boys and top 40 girls high school cross country runners from Oregon and Washington. Complete athlete profiles are available at www.borderclash.com
Nike Elite Athletes: Kara Goucher, Lisa Koll, Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010
9:30 a.m. Future Clashers and Media 1.5 mile race (free for kids in 8th grade or younger)
10:00 a.m. BorderClash Girls Race
10:45 a.m. BorderClash Boys Race
Awards Ceremony immediately following the boys race.
Where: North Campus Athletic Fields, Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton, OR
Driving Directions from downtown Portland: Take Hwy 26 West. Exit at Murray Blvd. Turn Left onto Murray Blvd. Drive one mile and turn right onto Walker Road. Turn left into Nike World Headquarters. You can also access campus from Murray Blvd. (entrance is on the right, just past Walker Road).
The media check-in area will be located on Ronaldo Field (between the Lance Armstrong Sports and Fitness Center and the Tiger Woods Center).
For participating athlete bios and photos, live helicopter video feed / webcast, race results and further details, visit: www.borderclash.com