Iowa State University is one of only a handful of institutions in the country to have its own fully dedicated cross country course located on its campus. The convenience of the course’s location provides Iowa State University’s distance runners a significant training advantage.
Iowa State University dedicated the Cross Country Course in October of 1995 as the first course in the nation designed exclusively for competitive cross country racing. The University showcased the course to a national audience by hosting the 1995 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Since that time the course also served as the site of the 2000 NCAA Championships, the 2008 Big 12 Championships and the 2013 NCAA Midwest Cross Country Regional. In addition, Iowa State University has been chosen to host the 2017 Big 12 Cross Country Championships and the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships.
The athletics program recently invested nearly $1 million in course improvements including irrigating the entire course and creating a permanent finish line structure with two large grass berms that provide spectators incredible views of the finish area. The irrigation system allows the department’s staff to maintain the running surface at a championship level throughout the season.
Ultimately, the course is an appropriate ground on which to test the nation's best runners. It is a home worthy of Iowa State cross country programs that have won multiple conference and national championships.