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Four teams qualify for NTN Finals in Portland OR Dec. 1.
Boys - ABQ XC NM and Los Alamos NM
Girls - Fort Collins RC CO and Davis RC UT

   NTN Webcast - Regional highlights online on Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and 29, followed by live webcast Dec. 1 of NTN finals in Portland.

Abdi Abdirahman will be here!
Nike elite runner Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson will be on hand for the Southwest regional championships and will act as Southwest region team captain at NTN finals in Portland OR Dec. 1.

Abdi Abdirahman
HS: Tucson AZ
(played soccer)

Abdi is one of the most versatile distance runners in the US with significant accomplishments on the track, road and cross country. Abdi did not begin running until college and has made the most of his competitive years. Abdi is a 3-time US 10000m champion, 2000 and 2004 Olympian, and 5-times has represented the US in the World Cross Country Championships. He was 4th in last years Chicago Marathon and is currently preparing for US Olympic Trials Marathon in November. He’s run 13:13 for 5000m, 27:22 for 10000m and 2:08 for the marathon.


7:30 AM Chances for Children 1 Mile Charity Run
8:05 AM Citizens 5 K Race
8:45 AM Girls Small School / Frosh / JV Race 5K
9:20 AM Boys Small School / Frosh / JV Race 5K
9:55 AM Girls Large School (under 1000) 5K
10:30 AM Boys Large School (under 1000) 5K
11:15 AM Girls Championship Race 5K
12:00 PM Boys Championship Race 5K
1:00 PM Awards


Course Description - Directions - Aerial View


Course Description

Tempe’s premier 125 acre park offers amenities and activities that include a 13 acre lake, fishing, boat rentals,
sand volleyball courts, softball, soccer fields, recreation center, and children’s playgrounds.

The Start is at the most Northwest part of the park starting on grass and leading to the Western canal bank which is dirt for ¾ mile, then switching to sidewalk that leads to under the bridge at the 1 mile mark. The course then loops around the softball fields and sand volleyball courts to under the bridge again then suddenly climbs 25m up All American hill that leads to the 2 mile mark at the Northwest side of the lake. After the 2 mile mark there is a slight decline that leads to a small hill that begins the final loop around the lake. At approximately 2.6 miles there is a fairly steep 40m hill, Ramada Hill, that takes you up on the ridge then downhill towards the lake and back up a 20m hill for the final ½ mile of the race. After the turn at the most Northeast part of the park the Finish is 150m straight away across a soccer field.

Course has varied terrain that includes grass, dirt, sidewalks, side incline, slight down hill decline. What makes the course challenging is that it is difficult to settle in a consistent pace with the varied terrain.

General consensus of course’s difficulty is Medium- Hard.
Course is certified 3.1 miles

Course is Fan Friendly.

Course Record Boys - Ken Cormier Douglas 15:46.20 2004
Course Record Girls - Mel Lawrence Reno 17:42.00 2004

Aerial View

Directions to Course - Kiwanis Park, Tempe AZ


From Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Go East on Sky Harbor Blvd

Merge onto AZ-153 S. toward AZ-143/ I-10

Take the University Dr. exit on the left, Turn slight left onto University Dr.

Merge onto AZ-143 S

Merge onto I-10 E / US-60 E via Exit 1A, toward Tucson

Merge onto US-60 E. via Exit 154 towards Mesa - Globe

Take the Mill Ave exit- Exit 173

Turn Right onto S. Mill Ave

Turn Right onto W. Baseline Rd

Turn Left into Park


From The South (Tucson)

North onto I-10 towards Phoenix

Take the Baseline Rd exit , Exit 155

Turn Right onto W. Baseline Rd

Turn Right into park just after railroad tracks, 1.5 miles from I-10


From The North (Flagstaff)

I-17 South towards Phoenix

Merge onto I-10 E /US-60 E via the exit on the left towards Globe / Tucson

Merge onto US-60 E via exit 154 towards Mesa / Globe

Take Mill Ave exit- Exit 173

Turn Right onto S. Mill Ave

Turn Right onto W. Baseline Rd.

Turn Left into Park


From the East

West onto US-60

Take Mill Ave exit- Exit 173

Turn Left onto S. Mill Ave

Turn Right onto W. Baseline Rd.

Turn Left into Park

Local Information

About Tempe

Recreation in Tempe


Mention NTN Southwest Regional when making reservations.

Holiday Inn Express $139 (includes breakfast)
1520 West Baseline Rd
Tempe AZ 85283
(480) 831-9800

Sheraton Phoenix Airport $89
1600 S. 52nd St.
Tempe AZ 85281
(480) 967-6600

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