Yankton Trail Park will host a cross-country running extravaganza this weekend in Sioux Falls as the Nike Cross Regionals Heartland arrives. On Sunday, thousands of runners from seven states will compete in multiple divisions. Director Kristi Rieger (REE-gur) touts the staying power of hosting the event in Sioux Falls.

Rieger is impressed with the growth of the event over the past eleven years.

This event is a qualifying competition for the nationals to be held in Oregon. Rieger says they have done their best to lay out the course to mimic what the runners at nationals will experience. Racing will take place on Sunday with the seven states within the Heartland region being North and South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.