Event Listing

Event Logo 2018 USATF Niagara Open Cross Country Championships
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018
Start Time: 10:15 AM
Delaware Park
Buffalo, NY
On-Time Entry Deadline: 9/20/2018 11:59:00 PM


The 2018 USATF Niagara Open Cross Country Championships will be held as part of the USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships and Can-Am Masters Challenge on Septembe 23 in Buffalo.  

All 2018 USATF Niagara members ages 16 and older are eligible to score in the this Niagara Association Championship.  Athletes competing in the Niagara Open Championships must compete in race #3 (10:15am).

Entry Fee:  $20 (by September 20 at 11:59pm)  plus processing fee

Entry Deadline:
On-Time: by Thursday, September 20 (11:59pm)
Entry Form: enter online here
Unlimited entry, score 5
Your first 8 finishers will automatically be considered your "A" team unless you declare your teams differently by notifying USATF Niagara LDR Chair Eric Boyce by email no later than 11:59pm (ET), Thursday, Sept. 20th.


Prize Money

Open Teams (men & women)

1st  $500 plus travel stipend*
2nd $250
3rd $150

* The winning open teams (men and women) will each earn a $500 travel stipend from USATF that can be used for travel to compete at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships (December 08; Spokane, WA)

Open Indvidiuals (men & women)

1st  $250
2nd $150
3rd $100

COURSE   Course Map  (2500m loop x 2)
Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of the Buffalo Olmsted Park System and father of American landscape architecture, believed the purpose of green space was to “refresh and delight the eye and through the eye, mind and spirit.” Upon touring the City of Buffalo in 1868, he convinced the city’s leaders that not one park – as in New York City’s Central Park – but multiple parks would better serve Buffalo’s needs. The jewel of this system of Buffalo Olmsted parks was the 350 acre Delaware Park.

The Delaware Park meadow has been continuously used for cross country championships since the 1901 Pan-Am Expo. Local high schools and universities hold annual cross country meets on various iterations of the course. It is open enough to accommodate the largest fields of runners and has plenty of free parking on the ring road surrounding the course.
The 2018 USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships, which includes the Can-Am Masters Challenge along with three additional community races will all be using a basic 2500m
100% grass loop course. 5k runners will travel twice around the loop. The start/finish area is located adjacent to the Buffalo Zoo inside the Meadow Drive road loop.

use Meadow Drive, Buffalo, NY, 14214 for GPS directions