Wednesday update: GAXC/HBCU is still on for Saturday, with an eye on Hurricane Ian

by Steve Underwood

As of 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the 2022 Great American XC Festival and HBCU Challenge are set to run as scheduled, as the NSAF, the Town of Cary and WakeMed Soccer Park officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Ian – currently passing through Florida.

As the remnants of the storm move through North Carolina on Friday and Saturday, it is projected that the central path will run west of the Raleigh/Cary area.  “We anticipate at this point that the course will be adequate for competition Saturday with the amount of precipitation in the forecast,” said NSAF Meet Director Kristi Rieger.  “We may discourage run-throughs on Friday, before the storm begins to weaken on meet day, but we’ll still be at the course Friday for packet-pickup and you will have the opportunity to purchase Nike apparel.”

The progress of the storm will be followed closely tonight, Thursday and Friday and, if there are any changes to the meet status, they will be posted here.


The NSAF is excited to again be hosting the Great American XC Festival and HBCU Challenge on Saturday, October 1 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.  The meet is currently scheduled to take place as planned.

In the interest of the safety of all participants, we are working with state and local officials in closely monitoring the movement of Hurricane Ian and continue to confirm that the meet can take place safely. We expect to post another update on Wednesday, so please stay tuned and check back then in this space.


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