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POSTAL NATIONALS HISTORY
From 1957 through the 1970‘s at the end of the cross country season Track & Field News and the United States Track & Field Federation jointly held a nationwide competition. At first teams would run 2 miles on the track and mail the results in (hence the name “National Postals”), but then in 1969 when the 3 miles was added, regional races were held, all of which are known as the “National Postal” races. Since cross country courses varied and since there was not going to be a single national meet, the times from the regional races were taken for ranking the competitors nationally. To make the races fair in comparing times, the races were run on the track, but in a cross country type race. Teams of 5 runners were entered as well as individual entries. High school runners ran a 2 mile cross country event in those years. The 2 mile races for the National Postals were done from 1957 through 1982; and the 3 mile races for the National Postals were done from 1969 through 1978 (as in 1979 and after, the Kinney and Footlocker National High School Cross Country Championships were instituted for the 3 mile races). The revival of the Postal 2-Mile is a revival of the spirit of high school distance running, the revival of finding a true national champion and most importantly the revival of a team together. We are proud to reintroduce the running world to the Hoka One One National High School 2-Mile Postal Competition.
The Fall 2016 Cross Country Training program is sponsored by www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com.
And one more comment: This training program was developed over 20 years of coaching, with advice and fine tuning from coaches from around the world. These are guidelines only. For younger runners and newer coaches, it is a nice program to begin from. For more experienced coaches and runners, the themes are key. Find what works best for you, and please reach out if you need ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Also note, that we post daily training with updates August 23-December 20 on your sites as well as runblogrun.com, american-trackandfield.com, caltrack.com, morunandtri.com and coaching athletics.com. Look for daily updates!
As part of Saucony's commitment to high school cross country, the brand sponsored summer training camps and a series of Fall Cross Country races. Here is a list of the races from September 20 to Mid November, and the running stores that they have partnered with for the events. Also note that the Saucony Running van will visit some of the events with fun products for the cross country season.
NEW ORLEANS – If today’s preseason NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches Poll is any indicator, distance running fans are in store for an exciting and unpredictable 2014 fall campaign.
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason NCAA Division I Cross Country national coaches’ poll is out, and there’s no doubt who’s sitting on top: defending champion Colorado received all twelve first place votes.
XC Champions Are Made In the Off-Season−Now With Extra Help From An Innovative Digital Training Initiative That Encourages High School Runners To “Find Their Strong” Through Summer Training - LEXINGTON, MA (June 12, 2014) – Saucony, committed to inspiring the human spirit through running, knows that a strong cross country team is built in the off-season. To ensure that scholastic runners are better prepared for the in-season, Saucony, in collaboration with DailyMile, Inc. and RunBlogRun, today announces the launch of the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com high school cross country training program.
2014 USA Cross Country Championships: the Boulder experience
by Kevin Mangan
What better backdrop for anything to do with long distance running than beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Sitting at the base of the Rocky Mountains above 5,000 feet with easy access to runs over 9,000 feet like the legendary Magnolia Road, Boulder is among the greatest places in the world to train for anything 1500 meters and longer and is reflected by the numerous running stars and legends that call or have called Boulder home. If Eugene is Track Town USA, then Boulder could easily be Distance Town USA. Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon champion, truly one of the all-time greats, gave out the awards for the Men’s race. 1993 World Marathon champion Mark Plaatjes was hanging out in the finish area. 2011 World 1500 champ and former Colorado Buffalo star Jenny Simpson finished second in the women’s race. 2011 USA Cross Country champ and former CU star Brent Vaughn had a top 5 finish. One of the Torres brothers was watching the races.