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Aurora to Host NIRCA's 2022 Great Plains Regional

13 Aug, 2021


The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Chicago Area Track & Field Organizing Committee (CATFOC) are pleased to announce the first regional event to be held at the Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course. 

The National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) has chosen the Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course as its host venue for the 2022 Great Plains Regional. The event, tentatively scheduled for November 6, 2022, will be a series of men’s and women’s long distance running competitions attended by as many as 400 collegiate participants from 19 colleges and universities in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. 

Partnership key to winning bid 

Based on the success of the Great Plains Regional, NIRCA may choose to host its National Cross Country Championships in a multi-year agreement with the CVB and Chicago Area Track & Field. 

“Working with Al Edgecombe at Chicago Area Track & Field and staff at the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association has been a great experience, and our collaboration was key in bringing this fantastic event to the Aurora Area,” said Pete Garlock, Director of Sales at the Aurora Area CVB. 

“I am certain this will be one of the premier running competitions we will see in the Midwest next year, and we look forward to welcoming cross country runners from all over the country,” said Garlock. 

“These events are a great opportunity for us to put ourselves on the map locally, regionally, and nationally,” said Al Edgecombe, director of the Chicago Area Track & Field Organizing Committee. 

About the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Formed in 1987, the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and marketing the area as an overnight destination, increasing visitor awareness, and growing visitor expenditures for the maximum economic benefit of our tourism partners. The goal of the Aurora Area CVB is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of our region, comprising the municipalities of Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, and Yorkville.

About Chicago Area Track & Field Organizing Committee

The Chicago Area Track & Field Organizing Committee (CATFOC) is an Illinois not-for-profit, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, that operates and maintains the Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course. 

For further information, please contact Cort Carlson, Executive Director of the Aurora Area CVB, by calling 630.256.3191 or email cort@enjoyaurora.com

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