**Update as of 9/18**
We are finalizing the plans for next week. Most things are falling into place. A couple of reminders.
1. If you have not read through the entire meet page please do. I am getting a lot of questions that are answered on this page.
2. Below is the new Holloway Park waiver. THIS MUST BE SIGNED BY EVERY PARTICIPANT (or guardian). You will turn these in when you pick up your chips. You must turn one in for everyone who is participating.
3. This is an updated document of some changes to the weekend because of COVID. Please read through this and pass along to any of your parents.
**Update as of 8/31**
As these weeks have gone by, new information continues to emerge. The race committee met today and decided to reinstate the college race on Friday morning. The club race will still happen, but we wanted to make sure that the college coaches knew that their races are back on the schedule. I have updated the race schedule below and modified the 8/18 update to make sure there are not conflicts.
**Update as of 8/18**
Good morning coaches. A lot has been up in the air for this season and we have been waiting for some additional information before posting an update. I have also changed the information below so there is no conflict. We have added two "club" races. These races are for high school teams or individuals that are not able to compete with their school at the time of our event. We understand that Friday morning is more of a burden than Saturday morning, but with eight races on Saturday morning and seven races Friday afternoon there is just no other time for us to fit in two more races. Please see the updated race schedule below.
All other races remain at the same time. We have been calculating the numbers and can fit enough teams across our start line with appropriate spacing at the start. In addition, we will be implementing a host of other new guidelines for pre and post race. Those are forthcoming.
If at any time, you have a specific question please feel free to reach out directly to me at email@example.com.
Marc Zimmerman, flrunners.com Invitational Meet Director
Welcome to the FLRunners.com Invitational 21!
The largest cross country meet in Florida is back at Holloway Park for the fourth year. Please read through the information below.
Because of the nature of this event, there will not be an onsite coaches meeting. All information will be sent via email. Please make sure that you have an email listed for both coaches
if your school has separate boys and girls coaches.
*** All high schools MUST be members of their states association in order to compete ***
You may run up to ten (10) in the Varsity races. PLEASE return your chips immediately after your race to the same area that you picked them up. When you pick up your packet please make sure you have all your chips and bibs for your athletes.
Race of Champions:
Participation in the ROC is by invitation only. Approximately 25 teams will be invited to participate.
Jason Byrne Invitational:
Participation in the JBI is by invitation of teams that pre-select the "Elite Races" during registration. Approximately 30 teams will be assigned to the JBI. The race committee will communicate with teams on the appropriate division.
The unseeded race is selected by the coach during registration, however, the race committee will communicate with teams if they feel the coach has selected a race that is not germane to their level.
Friday Morning Club Races:
There will be two races. One for boys and one for girls. These are open to individuals and teams that cannot compete with their designated high school at the time of this meet.
Friday Afternoon Races:
Participation in the Friday races is selected by the coach during the registration process.
Teams will be allowed to enter "B" teams in the Friday races or the Unseeded Race by selecting those races during the registration process. If you are interested in having a "B" team in the Jason Byrne Invitational you will need to directly email the Meet Director for approval.
Race of Champions:
All individuals invited to participate in the ROC will be done so by the Selection Committee. There is no need to email the Race Director to let us know that an athlete is interested. We will contact you if they are invited. **New this year- Individuals who run under 16:00 boys/19:00 girls will automatically qualify for the ROC.**
Individuals are only invited to the ROC. Otherwise, they are expected to run with their team in their race.
HS Club - $100 per gender
HS Varsity - $100 per gender
College - $100 per gender
HS JV - $50 per gender
MS - $75 per gender / $125 max
Elementary - $75 per gender / $125 max
Elementary / MS / HS / Club Individual - $15 per athlete
$400 max overall / $300 max per level
Registration ends at 11:59pm on September 21, 2020. THERE WILL BE ADDITIONS OR CHANGES AFTER THAT.
Tent Area: The team tent area is located between the start line and the finish line.
If you go to the right of the start line and about 200m up there will be trails that you can run and use to warm up before all races. This trail is plenty long enough so you do not have to worry about having enough area to warm up.
ONCE RACES HAVE STARTED THE RACE COURSE IS CLOSED FOR WARMUPS.
Holloway Park (Spectator Entrance)
3050 Lakeland Highlands Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33803
BUSES/Team Vans: Please use the Hwy 98 entrance
2402 Holloway Park Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33803
Friday the gates will open at 6:00 am and packet pick up beginning at 6:15AM. First race will begin at 7:20. The course will close after the college races and reopen at 1:00pm. Packet pickup will resume at 1:30. The first race on Friday afternoon will start at 3:45pm.
Saturday the gates will open at 6:00am and packet pick up will begin at 6:15am. If you are in the area Friday, we highly encourage you to pick up packets on Friday. First race will be at 7:20.
6:00AM Gates Open
6:15AM College/Club Packet Pickup Opens
7:15 National Anthem
7:20 College Men 8K
7:50 College Women 5K
8:10 Boys High School Club
8:30 Girls High School Club
10:30 Course closed
1:00PM Gates Reopen
1:30 HS, MS, ES Packet Pickup Opens
3:45 Boys JV
4:10 Girls JV
4:35 Boys Varsity
4:55 Girls Varsity
5:25 Boys Middle School
5:50 Girls Middle School
6:15 Mixed Elementary
6:00AM Gates Open
6:15 Packet Pickup Open
7:15 National Anthem
7:20 Boys Race of Champions
7:40 Girls Race of Champions
8:00 Jason Byrne Boys Invitational
8:20 Jason Byrne Girls Invitational
8:45 Boys Unseeded
9:05 Girls Unseeded
9:30 Boys JV
9:55 Girls JV
Race of Champions - 1 - 30 will get medals.
All other races - 1 - 15 will get medals.
Race of Champions - 1st -3rd team award
Friday Varsity / Unseeded / Club / College - 1st & 2nd team award
JV Friday / JV Saturday / Middle School / Elementary - 1st place team award
Results will be available on elitetiming.net.
Team vans, buses and coaches in cars will not be charged parking. BUT you must use Holloway Park Dr entrance off HWY 98/Bartow drive. As you come thru the gate, vans, buses and coaches will drive to the right (will be signs).
Coaches if you could have your 2020/2021 FHSAA Identification card with you that would be a huge help for the parking attendants if you are not coming by bus.
Team buses and vans parking will be on the left side of the park road after going thru the gates. Across from lake. It will be the same parking arrangement as previous years and what will be used for the Jim Ryun and Seffner Invite.
$10 per car. Cars may only use the Lakeland Highlands entrance.
FloSports W9 for meet: flosports_w-9.pdf
You can pay by credit card. After you enter, you'll be able to print an invoice and pay online.
You can also pay by check. Please make it out to FloSports and mail it to the following address:
Attn: Accounts Receivable
979 Springdale Rd Suite 120
Austin, TX 78702
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