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Battle XC Invitations
By: Dave Watt



Team Invites for MD-VA Battle at State Meets

Team VA and MD to do battle in one week 


Bethesda, MD. (November 9, 2007). The Battle of the Potomac Cross Country (XC) Staff will be onsite at both public school state XC championship locations on Saturday November 10th to issue invitations to top finishers in the boys and girls races.  “The Battle of the Potomac XC event is the only time that boys and girls who go head-to-head during the regular in-state seasons can unite and race in a relaxed and friendly competition against rival runners across the Potomac River”, commented Dave Watt, Executive Director of the host American Running Association.  “Entry fees for invited runners are waived, although donations will be accepted”, added Watt.


Runners who receive an invitation at the Maryland or Virginia State Meets on Saturday may commit on the spot for one of the 45 spots on each squad (girls and boys).   The other option is to go to the event website ( and click on the R.S.V.P button.  “Alternates will be added and may fill in for runners who cancel or do not show on race day”, said Watt.  The OPEN 5K races precede the premier invitational 5K events and any high school runner may register.  


Private school championship runners will be contacted via email and phone calls along with postings on the BattleXC website and regional websites Running Maryland, MoCo Running and Milesplit-VA.  Runners’ performances at open meets during the season will factor into the invitation process.  Coaches and parents are asked to contact the Battle of the Potomac Staff to request or suggest invitations for deserving boy and girl runners.  Call American Running at 301-913-9517 x 13 or email the staff:


Battle XC staff will issue invitations at the two state meets based on the following criteria


MD State Meet Invitations will be issued to the following finishers (boys and girls):

1A Races:      Top 10

2A Races:      Top 15

3A Races:      Top 15

4A Races:      Top 30    *Any girl who breaks 21:20 and any boy who breaks 18:01 is eligible


VA State Meet Invitations will be issued to the following finishers (boys and girls):

A Races:       Top 10   

AA races:      Top 20

AAA races:    Top 40   *Any girl who breaks 20:09 and any boy who breaks 17:05 is eligible


Online registration is OPEN at the Battle of the Potomac website: .  Entry fee is $17.   Each runner receives a Nike FitDry singlet, a goodie bag and the post-race chicken barbecue dinner at Smokey Glen Farm.  Top 20 finishers in the invitational race receive medals.  Top 15 in the OPEN races get medals as well.  


Questions:  call 301-913-9517 x 13 or email:



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