August 19, 2011
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Regional Tourism Office announces agreement with NAIA extended to 2012
VANCOUVER, Wash. - For the fourth consecutive year, more than 750 student-athletes from 
the U.S. and Canada will be gathering at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to compete in 
the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Cross Country National 
Championships. The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, which worked closely with the 
Cascade Collegiate Conference to book the event, announced today that the NAIA has 
committed to holding the National Championships in Vancouver in 2012.
"Vancouver is fast becoming known as having great venues for youth and collegiate sporting 
events," said Ashley Shimer, Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office's convention sales 
manager specializing in sporting events.. "And, Fort Vancouver in particular, is a favorite for 
cross country events having hosted a number of world-class championship events."
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has a long history of hosting cross country events dating 
back to 2001 when it was selected as the site for the 2001 USA Men's and Women's National 
Championships/World Cross Country Trials. The Fort Vancouver course is a rolling, European style layout consisting of two kilometer loops on grass. The moderately challenging course 
features sections of flat, uphill and downhill grades, providing the necessary variation expected 
in a national championship competition.
The NAIA Cross Country National Championships have been held at Fort Vancouver since 
2009. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, November 19, and is once again being co-hosted by the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Concordia University. Race times are set 
for 10:30 a.m. PST (men) and 11:45 a.m. PST (women).
In addition to the cross country events, Vancouver has been the host city for: the Little League 
Girls Softball Western Region Tournament, which has been held for eight consecutive years at 
the Fort Vancouver Little League Field; the Washington State Horse Expo; adidas Clash at the 
Border soccer tournament; and the US Rowing Northwest Junior District Championships; 
among others.About Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office
Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office (formerly Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau) 
is an economic development organization responsible for competitively marketing Vancouver and the 
surrounding area as a destination for meetings, conventions, and group and leisure travelers. The 
organization's mission is to promote Vancouver and Clark County  by increasing convention and visitor 
business. For more information call 877-224-4214, or log on to