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January 20
**9:00AM-Citizens 6K Run**
10:30AM- USATF National Championship Events Begin

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Host of the 2023 & 2024
USATF National Cross Country Championships

**REGISTER NOW-Citizens 6K Race**

Register Here 2024 USATF National Cross Country Championships Races

EVENT NAME:     Richmond XC Festival - Citizens 6K Run                            


LOCATION:         Pole Green Park

                             Cross Country Course

                             8996 Pole Green Park Lane

                             MECHANICSVILLE, VA 23116

DATE:                  Saturday, January 20, 2024


7:00AM-   Course opens; Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration Begins

8:30AM-   Race Day Registration Ends (Citizens Race Only)

9:00AM-   RVA XC Festival 6K Citizens Run

                   (This 9:00AM event is a citizens race open to the public and not a part of the USATF National Championship Races)

9:45AM-   400M Kids Run (10 and Under) (400M run over the final part of the race course)

10:25AM- National Anthem

10:30AM- USATF Championship (Master's Women)                                           

11:30AM- USATF Championship (Master's Men)   

12:30PM- USATF Championship (U20 Women)   

1:15PM-   USATF Championship (u20 Men)   

2:00PM-   USATF Championship (Open Women)   

2:50PM-   USATF Championship (Open Men)   

The 2024 Richmond XC Festival will host the USATF National Cross Country Championships. The Citizens Race Distance will be 6K (Women and Men). The event will utilize the same 2K loop course used for the 2023 and 2024 USATF National Cross Country Championships (which follow the citizens run in 2024).  This 2K loop format will provide an opportunity for spectators, coaches and athletes to run the same course as the top distance runners in the USA. Stick around after and enjoy the food trucks, the festive atmosphere and watch the athletes earn a spot on Team USA for the 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships to be held in Croatia in early February. Come cheer for your favorites and get some autographs while you enjoy cross country running at its best!


This event (Richmond XC Festival, formerly the Pole Green Park 5K) will serve as the USATF-Virginia Association Open, Masters, and Junior (U20) Championship and will be held concurrently with the Spider Alumni Open College Races.

Open runners and 2023 USATF-Virginia members will be split-out into separate results (Open Run/Walk and Richmond XC Festival results) and will not be part of the college races. Unattached runners, college club, open club and post collegiate runners will have their own results.

As part of your entry fee:

*NOTE 1:   All participants in the Citizen’s 6K Run/Walk will receive a $10 food truck voucher in the finish chute, good for any of the on-site food trucks on race day. Vouchers void after race day (January 20, 2024).

**NOTE 2:  On roughly May 1, 2024 all participants in the Citizen’s 6K Run/Walk with a valid email address will be sent a free 3 day park pass + parking pass for Free Admission to Kings Dominion Park.

EVENT HISTORY  2024 Results


                                   2023 Results

                                   2022 Results

                                    2020 Results


                                    2019 Results 

                                    2018 Results

                                    2017 Results

                                    2016 Results

4K COURSE MAP:    Link (See 2K Loop Course Map)

ELIGIBILITY:   This family friendly event is open to runners of all ages.

REGISTRATION:   Online Registration for this event will open on July 1, 2023 and close Wednesday, January 15 at 3:00PM. The run is capped at 200 participants, so register early.

If the event does not fill (200 maximum entries) through the on-line registration, there will be Race Day Registration available between 8:00AM and 8:45AM for a fee of $40 

Home of the 2023 and 2024 U.S. Cross Country Championships...2008 USATF Junior Olympic XC National Championships, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022 Atlantic 10 Championships, the RVA Relays and the MILESTAT.COM XC Invitational. The course is flat terrain with mostly grass and dirt trail. Every mile is clearly marked. The course is set-up to be spectator friendly and will have two large HD Video Boards on-site for spectators.

ENTRY FEE:    Online Registration - $35.00/person

                         Race Day- $40.00/Person


There will be no awards, however Citizens Run participants will receive a gift and $10 Food Truck Coupon for 



Live event Timing and Results will be available during the races Saturday morning: RESULTS 



LIVE VIDEO: USATF National Championship Races (Masters, U20 and Open)

Contact:  Any questions contact:

Thom Suddeth (Citizens Race - Event Director)

Cell number: 804-836-9069

Calling all running enthusiasts and fans!


Get ready for an exhilarating and historic event you won't want to miss!


Join us at the Richmond XC Festival on January 20, 2024, at the iconic Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, VA, as we host the fun filled Citizens Run, an exciting part of the 2024 USATF National Cross Country Championships!


Experience the electric atmosphere as we bring together the best cross country runners from all corners of the USA, showcasing their speed and endurance on the Pole Green Park course. Stick around after and enjoy the food trucks, the festive atmosphere and cheer for your favorites while getting autographs as you enjoy cross country running at its best!


Be a part of something extraordinary and witness the selection of Team USA for the 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships set to be held in Serbia this March.


This event is not just for seasoned athletes; it's open to all ages and abilities! Whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting your running journey, this is your chance to be a part of an unforgettable event and make memories that will last a lifetime.


The Citizens Run is your opportunity to lace up your running shoes, challenge yourself, and experience the thrill of racing alongside some of the nation's finest athletes.


So, mark your calendars for January 20, 2024, and head to Pole Green Park for an action-packed day of racing, camaraderie, and the celebration of athleticism at its finest!


Spread the word, invite your friends and family, and be a part of history in the making at the Richmond XC Festival! See you there!


For more information and updates, visit the official event website:

2024 Richmond XC Festival



Register for the 2024 Richmond XC Festival-Citizen’s 6K Run (



2024 USATF Cross Country Championships


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