Indiana University's success in cross country has been well documented, and its commitment to the sport is evidenced by the state-of-the-art, world class facilities that reside in Bloomington.
The IU Cross Country course plays host to multiple home meets for the Hoosiers every year.
Indiana cross country athletes have the luxury of competing and training on a course that has hosted four NCAA Championships (1974, 1982, 1992, 1999).
The rolling, wooded course is noted as optimal for competitors and spectators alike. The IU course has played host to five Big Ten Championships (1969, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2006). The course has also hosted the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on multiple occasions, including in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
The starting line is approximately 300' wide narrowing to 30' at the 500m mark. This area is level to slight downhill, followed by another 250m of uphill before the first turn. The first 1000m finishes with a left turn and 250m slightly downhill. The second 1000m begins with a left turn uphill 150m, to a right turn level 250m with a left bend and then a 100m downhill followed by a 100m uphill into a right turn and 400m downhill on to a level area. The third 1000m begins with a 100m left turn into a downhill 50m to 150m uphill to 150m downhill and 550m of slight uphill ending on a left turn. The fourth 1000m is a slight uphill 500m followed by a right bend into a 200m sharp downhill to a sharp 100m uphill and finishing on a slight downhill 200m with a left turn. The fifth 1000m begins with a an uphill 150 with a left turn to a right turn and sharp downhill 100m to a sharp uphill 250m into a left bend to a 550m slight downhill. The 6k is a reverse of the 3k, followed by reverses 7k-2k; 8k-lk, the 9k will be the 4k, and the 10k will be the 5k.
"I have run all over the world, and the facilities at Indiana University are some of the finest that I have ever competed on."
Bob Kennedy -
1988 and 1992 NCAA Cross Country Champ
& three-time Olympian
The cross country program also trains on two of the nation's premier track & field facilities. Indiana's outdoor track & field complex may be one of the most spectator-friendly facilities in the nation. E.C.(Billy) Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. It played host to the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and has hosted five Big Ten Conference Outdoor Championships (1966, 1970, 1977, 2001, 2010).
Hayes Track features a 400-meter nine-lane Polytan surface track with a 110-foot radius on curves to encourage fast times. The track features two long jump/ triple jump parallel approaches with four pits. It has eight pole vault plant boxes and four parallel pole vault runways, a pair of shot put areas, bi-directional javelin runways and outstanding sightlines for all field events. The facility was resurfaced in 2010 and certified by the IAAF.
The indoor track & field complex also ranks as one of the nation's elite. The Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse features six-lane 200-meter banked track. The facility features eight sprint lanes in the infield, a pair of pole vault pits, four two bi-directional jumping pits and a pair of throwing areas. The Mondo Super-X running surface identical to the track and field surface used at the 1996 Olympic Games, had its first use in 1997. In the Gladstein Fieldhouse surface's first season, 26 meet records fell.
Gladstein Fieldhouse also played host to the prestigious Nike Indoor High School Track & Field Championship in March 2000.
Indiana University's commitment to excellence in track & field and cross country is evident when visiting the Indiana facilities that have hosted a combined six NCAA and 16 Big Ten Championships.
DirectionsThe IU Cross Country Course is located just northeast of the corner at 10th/Unionville Road and the 45/46 Bypass. Take the 45/46 Bypass around the north of campus, and turn left at the light at Tenth Street (Unionville Road). Refer to the maps below.
Map of Bloomington.