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.
The Safety of our athletes, volunteers and officials is our number one priority. To avoid large congregations of people and increasing the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all spectators to stay home this year. We look forward to hosting everyone again in 2021.
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 12, 2020
In an effort to limit large crowds, the FPXC Festival has adopted a two-block schedule giving each division it’s own designated time frame to compete without any overlap. The St. Louis City and the St. Louis County are not granting permits for events, thus this year’s meet will be held at McNair park. Due to not only the size constraints, as well as the time constraints enforced by the park we will not have a Gold, or Middle School division this year.
Each race will have a max of 11 teams, and 7 athletes starting from each team at a time. Note that the JV and Freshman races are NOT unlimited this year, they will each have the same 7 athlete cap as the varsity races. This is a requirement by the park to keep numbers down and the finish from getting congested.
Saturday, September 12
*Schedule is tentative
8:00 AM Varsity Girls 5K
8:25 AM JV Girls 5K
8:50 AM Fresh/Soph Girls 5K*
9:15 AM Varsity Boys 5K
9:40 AM JV Boys 5K
10:05 AM Fresh/Soph Boys 5K*
BREAK TO ALLOW DIVISION CHANGE
12:00 PM Varsity Girls 5K
12:25 PM JV Girls 5K
12:50 PM Fresh/Soph Girls 5K*
1:15 PM Varsity Boys 5K
1:40 PM JV Boys 5K
2:05 PM Fresh/Soph Boys 5K*
*Freshman race is now 5k
+Division note: For the varsity races, green is the most competitive, followed white.
++If heat poses a threat to athlete safety, we reserve the right to shorten the race distances.
The City and County of St. Louis are not granting permits for events at this time, so this year we’re moving to McNair Park! We’ve been going to battle for you all, and are relieved to finally have found a host venue. Check out the 2020 course here!
As always, the course may change at any time prior to meet day based on Park recommendations or requirements.
The overall winning team in each race will receive an award. The top 10 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.
T-shirt are available for pre-sale online. Any t-shirts not sold through our pre-sale will be available on race day. Supply is extremely limited.
We will not have a concession stand on site. Please plan accordingly.
Other amenities include a professional meet announcer and real-time chip timing including 1-mile and 2-mile splits and a video board with finisher names and times.
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.