Thursday, May 21, 2015

ARPXC to host the FHSAA State Cross Country Finals through 2016

Visit Tallahassee announced today in a press release that the Apalachee Regional Park Championship Cross Country Course will continue to be the home of the FHSAA State Cross Country Meet through 2016. Here's the release:

Apalachee Regional Park Secures FHSAA State Championship Through 2016 Leon County to Host Cross Country Championship for an Additional Two Years

Leon County’s Apalachee Regional Park will host the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) cross country championships for the next two years. The announcement was made by FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing and Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) Executive Director Lee Daniel.

The 2015 FHSAA state championships for boys and girls will be held November 7. The Leon County Apalachee Regional Park has hosted the event for the past three years. Dates for the 2016 championship meet will be announced at a later date.

“Apalachee Regional Park is one of the nation’s premier cross country facilities that provides a fantastic experience for our student-athletes and we are pleased with the continued partnership with Visit Tallahassee and Leon County Schools,” Dr. Dearing said.

The FHSAA championship is one of four major cross country meets planned for the Apalachee Regional Park in 2015. Others include the Florida State University (FSU) Cross Country Invitational on October 2, the FSU Cross Country Invitational Pre-State Meet for high schools on October 3 and the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Championships on October 30.

“The success of Apalachee Regional Park in being recognized as a premier cross country facility is a perfect example of the strength of partnerships,” said Lee Daniel, Director of Leon County Division of Tourism Development. “We worked with Florida State University and the local running community, through Gulf Winds Track Club, in designing the facility and are delighted that FHSAA will bring its championship meets here for the next two years.”

The Leon County Apalachee Regional Park has already secured the 2016 NCAA South Regional championship meet. It hosted the FHSAA State Championship last fall, which attracted 221 teams, 1,480 participants and more than 5,000 visitors to the 140-acre facility. The community saw an influx of $2.3 million in direct spending from the event. The championship was one of three major cross country meets held at the facility last year. These three events attracted nearly 5,000 participants, 9,500 total visitors and generated nearly $3.8 million in direct spending.

The Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) is the official tourism marketing organization for Tallahassee and Leon County, Florida, promoting tourism to the area through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, film, product development and visitor services. For more information, visit