Jr. OB to open festival with Cross Country Invitational

Jr. OB to open festival with Cross Country Invitational

Cross country participants are pictured in previous year’s event.

The Junior Orange Bowl 65th “Diamond Jubilee Anniversary” festival season gets off to a running start with the 13th annual Cross Country Invitational.

This year’s invitational will be a two-day event at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in South Miami-Dade County on Oct. 3 and 4. Middle school races will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3, and high school races in two divisions will be run the next day.

This year’s high school race format will feature two separate divisions, an invitational division and an open division. Some of the most competitive boys and girls teams from across South Florida will be invited to participate in the invitational division. The open division will be open to all varsity and JV high school cross-country teams.

The Junior Orange Bowl is proud to announce a partnership with SoleRUNNERS for this year’s event. SoleRUNNERS, Miami’s Premier Running and Fitness Store, is committed to helping grow and support the community of runners.

The meet will be co-directed by Ryan Raposo and Larry Wooten and chaired by Junior Orange Bowl board member Donald “Rusty” Hill.

“We are very excited about the new format for this year’s meet,” Hill said. “The new divisions will afford the opportunity for many more teams and runners to participate. It will also elevate the level of competition of the meet and propel the Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country Invitational to one of the most prestigious meets in the state.”

The cross-country meet marks the first event of more than 15 athletic, academic, and cultural events that make up the annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival. The series of events attracts more than 10,000 youths from more than 75 countries worldwide. All of the events of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival are produced entirely by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for an event or becoming a Junior Orange Bowl member, send email to jobc@jrorangebowl.org or call 305- 662-1210. For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, visit the website at www.jrorangebowl.org

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