The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course is constantly making improvements to enhance the experience of race days at the course. By doing this, La Vern Gibson continues to uphold a legacy bestowed upon us to be the best course in the nation. A legacy which makes us Cross Country Town, USA.
Named after a local businessman with a passion for the sport, Mr. Gibson took 240 acres of land and turned it into a runner’s paradise. With the help of his son Max, grandson Greg, and two accomplished cross-country coaches, John McNichols of Indiana State University and Bill Welch of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the phenomenal, nationally recognized course was born.
Recently, a new medical building was built on site and completed for the 2021 season. This addition to the course reaffirms our commitment to the health and progress of our runners. There are medical tables, chairs and coolers inside, along with air conditioning and an ice machine. Runners can go to the building for medical attention or just to cool down after beating their personal record at one of the many races held at the course. This new addition is not only a physical improvement to the grounds but an asset to our athletes, present and future.
This season, nine races have been scheduled which include: Valley Kick-Off August 14, Terre Haute Savings Bank State Preview September 4, John McNichols Invitational September 18, Vigo County Middle School Championship September 29, Indiana Middle School State Championship October 2, Valley Twilight Night Race October 2, IHSAA Sectionals October 9, IHSAA State Championships October 30. The season will come to an exciting end with the Nike Cross Regional Midwest Championships on November 14, 2021.
LaVern Gibson is a unique course, a course that invites spectators to engage in every second of the race. Our 250-acre complex is designed specifically with our athletes and spectators in mind. Fenced in running trails allow for family and friends to cheer on athletes as they make their way from start to finish. Cross country is a sport based on camaraderie and the achievement of personal goals; this course builds friendships, memories and personal records.
If you have not been to the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, this is a great opportunity to come out and see the course during this beautiful Midwest Autumn.