This year’s festival will look a lot different compared to years past. Our main focus this year is the health and safety of our teams and runners. Our committee is working directly with the City and County’s Health Departments and will follow all recommendations and safety protocols.
Currently we plan to run races in a traditional format, however we are considering alternative race formats to ensure athlete safety.
We will be posting a detailed safety plan within the finals two weeks of the meet with specific instructions on mask requirements, health screening protocols, if spectators will be allowed and many other topics.
Please know that we will do everything we can to ensure our meet is as safe as possible for our teams.
– The Forest Park Cross Country Festival Committee
SEPTEMBER 11-12, 2020
In an effort to limit large crowds, the FPXC Festival has adopted a two-day block schedule giving each division it’s own block to compete. White Division will compete on Friday, while Green and Gold divisions will compete on Saturday.
Friday, September 11
3:45 PM Coaches Meeting
4:10 PM Varsity Boys 5k
4:50 PM Varsity Girls 5k
5:30 PM JV Boys 5k
6:20 PM JV Girls 5k
Saturday, September 12
7:00 AM Coaches Meeting
7:30 AM Varsity Boys 5k
8:10 AM Varsity Girls 5k
8:50 AM JV Boys 5k
9:40 AM JV Girls 5k
10:30 AM Freshman Boys 5k*
11:20 AM Coed Overflow 5k**
BREAK TO ALLOW DIVISION CHANGE
11:30 AM Coaches Meeting
12:00 PM Varsity Boys 5k
12:40 PM Varsity Girls 5k
1:30 PM JV Boys 5k
2:20 PM JV Girls 5k
3:00 PM Coed Overflow 5k**
*Freshman race is now 5k
**If registration numbers are too high in the JV races (avg. 9/team), we will move those athletes to the overflow race at the end of the division block.
+Division note: For the varsity races, green is the most competitive, followed by gold and finally white.
++If heat poses a threat to athlete safety, we reserve the right to shorten the race distances.
The 2020 Forest Park Cross Country Festival location is TBD. Park permitting has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please check back as we get closer to the meet.
As always, the course may change at any time prior to meet day based on Park recommendations or requirements.
The top three teams in each race will receive team awards. The top 30 individuals in each race will receive Forest Park Cross Country Festival medals.
There will not be formal awards ceremonies this year. Awards will be available for pick-up at the awards tent by Coach only after results have been posted and all of their athletes have competed.
This is a Festival! We will have a wide variety of food, snacks, and drinks including BBQ, Gus’ Pretzels and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard at our concession stand. Big River Running Company will be selling official meet apparel on location. Meet apparel will be available Friday afternoon during the course preview, as well as on Saturday. Make your purchases early as meet apparel sells out quickly!
The meet organizer’s reserve the right to alter or cancel the meet due to inclement weather in the case that we deem conditions to be unsafe to compete or complete a given event. In general, the Forest Park Cross Country Festival will follow the MSHSAA weather policy (p. 27 and 30). In the case of lightning, we will delay the start of any event until 30 minutes after the last sighting of lightning. In the case of extreme heat, the event and remaining races will be canceled if the heat index reaches 105 degrees. The Forest Park Cross Country Festival committee will begin to alter race distances if the heat index reaches 95 degrees or we deem conditions to be unsafe to complete the advertised distance.
- We will make announcements over the PA system at the meet. As we are able, we will communicate delays and schedule updates via email to coaches (on the intent to compete list) as well as on Twitter. Please follow @BigRiverRacing and @SLUHXCTrack for real time updates.
- The head starter, head athletic trainer and the Meet Directors will make the call to implementing the Lightning Safety Policy.
- If lightning is detected within 20 miles of the venue we’ll enter into a “Heads Up” mode, finishing the current race and watching the weather pattern to see if the lightening is moving towards the venue.
- If lightning is detected within 10 miles or less we will begin safety procedures and initiating participants and spectators to seek shelter. The course and festival area (including the team tent area) must be completely cleared by the time lightning is within 6 miles.
- Activities will be delayed until the storm has passed; resumption of activities can begin 30 minutes after the last lightning strike is detected at greater than or equal to 10 miles. We’ll do our best to communicate a “restart time” giving athletes adequate time to get warmed up and to the starting line.