YORK, August 7, 2001-Foot Locker today named Nike as the presenting
sponsor of the 23rd annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships,
the only true national high school cross country championships.
As part of their multi-year sponsorship,
Nike will receive logo identification on all race materials, National
Finals uniforms, and television spots during FOX Sports Network
coverage of the National Finals race which takes place on Saturday,
Dec. 8, 2001.
"The Foot Locker Cross Country
Championships brings together the best and most promising high school
runners to compete on a national level," said Tim Finn, president
and chief executive officer, Foot Locker U.S. "As a company
that has led the way in innovation in running product technology,
Nike is a natural partner for this event."
Many successful professional runners
have launched their careers at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships,
including Olympians Suzy Favor Hamilton, Brad Hauser, Meb Keflezighi,
Bob Kennedy and Anne Marie Lauck.
"Nike has the largest and strongest
prep running program in the industry which includes outreach to
more than 100,000 young runners nationwide," said Josh Rowe,
youth running manager, Nike. "This partnership with the Foot
Locker Cross Country Championships is a perfect fit. There's no
better place to enhance our support of youth running."
The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships
is comprised of four regional 5K races which take place across the
country. The Midwest (Kenosha, Wis.), Northeast (Bronx, NY) and
South (Charlotte, NC) regional races are Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001
and the West (Walnut, Calif.) regional race is Saturday, Dec. 1,
2001. More than 10,000 of the nation's leading high school runners
compete in the regional meets. The top eight finishers in each of
the boys and girls seeded races qualify for the Foot Locker Cross
Country Championships National Finals at Disney's Oak Trail Course
at Shades of Green in Orlando, Fla.
With more than 2,000 stores worldwide,
Foot Locker is the world's largest athletic footwear and apparel
retailer and leading destination for running product. Foot Locker
is part of Venator Group, a specialty retailer that operates more
than 3,600 stores in 14 countries in North America, Europe and Australia.
Nike, Inc., headquartered in Beaverton,
Ore., markets its products in more than 100 countries and is the
world's leading sports and fitness company.
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