The Richard Spring Memorial Cross Country Race was run for the twenty-sixth time on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Detweiller Park on the banks of Upper Peoria Lake. GPS coordinates are Lat. 40.7917 and Long. 89.5832. The elevation at the starting line is 606 Feet.
Richard Spring, a 1981 graduate of Bergan High School in Peoria, ran cross-country, the mile, and the two-mile. Participating on two state championship teams, Richard personally finished third in the single-class IHSA state tournament in his senior year.
“I loved him,” testifies Hall of Fame Peoria Notre Dame coach Mike Sullivan, “and he loved running.” Richard died running at Augustana College in 1982.
The Richard Spring Memorial follows the current course of the IHSA State Cross-Country Meet, run in Detweiller Park for more than fifty years.
This year, more than 3,000 runners competed in six events. Since its origin, more than 59,000 runners have participated in the Richard Spring Memorial Cross Country Race, including Olympians Jorge Torres and Kristin Wurth-Thomas. This year, more than 95 schools participated, including entrants from Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana.
The Richard Spring Memorial Cross Country Race is machine scored according to National High School Federation Standards. Last year, for the first time, runners were not timed from shoe tags, but from bibs.
The first forty varsity runners medaled. The first twenty frosh-soph runners medaled. The first fifteen open runners medaled. Trophies went to finishers one through five in each race. The entry fee was $200 per school.
As usual, commemorative tee-shirts were available this year, priced once again at $10, just as they have been since 1989.