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Worsening storm forecast forces cancellation of HBCU Challenge

Updated Friday Sept. 30, 2022, 9am ET

Due to a worsening storm forecast and local school closures, the NSAF moved this morning to cancel Saturday's Great American XC Festival and HBCU Challenge.

The worsening weather forecast for Cary/Raleigh, NC has left us no choice but to cancel this event," said Josh Rowe, NSAF CEO. "We don't want to put athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and spectators in any potential harm.

"We have done everything we can to provide a safe and positive experience for all, but the weather has given us no choice. We thank everyone for your patience this week and we look forward to serving our community in big ways next year."

The NSAF will work with teams and schools to provide credits for entry fees for next year's event.


The NSAF deeply appreciates those who were instrumental in getting this event started and have been vital in sustaining it since then:

The 5th edition of this event in 2013 was special as we honored Mr. Walker (mentioned above, who passed in March, 2013) for his years of service to the Challenge, the Foundation and to our sport in general. 

2019 Race in Review: Return of NCAT men, 1st time for Fay State women

HBCU team photos by Chris Coleman.

At left, the champion Fayetteville State U. women; at right, the victorious North Carolina A&T State men.

The Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge featured an intriguing mix of the “old” and the new. The “old” included North Carolina A&T State regaining the men’s team title they lost last year and the Aggies’ G’Jasmyne Butler (at right) winning her 2nd straight individual crown. On the other hand, new to the top of the podium was Fayetteville State U. in the women’s team race and Mathew Chesum (lower right) in the men’s individual battle.

2018 Race in Review

2017 Race in Review




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