Thousands Expected in Tallahassee for Upcoming Cross Country Meet

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 

Thousands Expected in Tallahassee for Upcoming Cross Country Meet

WHO: Leon County Government
WHAT: Florida State University Cross Country Invitational

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16 beginning at 7 a.m. *Media Credentials must be obtained in advance for the college races on Friday morning by emailing Christa Salermo at CSalerno@fsu.eduInterviews with race directors and Tourism staff can be scheduled by contacting Katie Kole at

WHERE:   Apalachee Regional Park, 7550 Apalachee Parkway


Top college and high school athletes will compete in the Florida State University Cross Country Invitational meet, Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Leon County’s award-winning Apalachee Regional Park. This year’s meet is estimated to bring more than 5,200 athletes and over 9,000 visitors to Leon County leading to over $4.5 million in economic impact. 


The meet serves as a preview for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Cross Country Championships Nov. 19, 2021 and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) State Cross Country Championships in Leon County Nov. 12, 2021. 




Friday, Oct. 15 

*NCAA Pre-National Races 

8 a.m. College Men’s 8k Garnet 

8:30 a.m.  College Women’s 5k 

9 a.m. Garnet College Men’s 8k Gold 

9:30 a.m.  College Women’s 5k Gold 

10 a.m. College Men’s 8k Open 

10:30 a.m.  College Women’s 5k Open 


FSU Invitational Pre-State 

5 p.m. Open Junior Boys (3k) 

5:25 p.m. Open Junior Girls (3k) 

5:50 p.m. High School Boys JV (5k) 

6:20 p.m.  High School Girls JV (5k) 


Saturday, Oct. 16 

FSU Invitational Pre-State 

7:40 a.m. Boys High School Elite 

8:05 a.m.  Girls High School Elite 

8:30 a.m.  Boys High School Select 

8:55 a.m.  Girls High School Select 

9:20 a.m.  Boys High School Varsity A 

9:50 a.m.  Girls High School Varsity A 

10:20 a.m.  Boys High School Varsity B 

10:50 a.m.  Girls High School Varsity B 


For more information, contact Scott Lindeman, Marketing Communications Director for Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee at (850) 606-2322 office or (850) 508-4461 cell or 



About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. For more information, go to or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #iHeartTally and  #Trailahassee