Cross Country Runner of the Year Banquet

2023 Cross Country Runners of the Year

2022 Runner of the Year Banquet

Cross Country Runner of the Year Banquet

Sponsored by: First to the Finish and Bluff City Grill (directions)

Sunday December 3rd, 2023 at 6:00 pm - Open to the Public / $10 per plate

The Cross Country ‘Runner of the Year’ Banquet we do is a very special event. This years banquet was cancelled, but we still honored the areas runners with a plaque for their hard working during this crazy season. Our President — Russ Colona — is the Cross Country coach at EAWR HS, and he noticed that all these other sports have big banquets after their seasons. So we started doing a Cross Country Banquet in December to recognize the high school runners in the area. We are in our 17th year and look forward to it every cross country season.

We have 15 of schools from the area that we invite to the banquet. Each coach picks one boy and one girl that will win the “Alton Road Runners Runner of the Year” award for their school. The banquet is held at the Bluff City Grill in Alton, IL and it a great night of celebration for these amazing athletes. There is a dinner at 6pm before the awards are given out and each winner goes home with a special gift from First to the Finish who is one of our great sponsors for the event. We can’t thank them enough for everything they do. We are looking forward to this years banquet. 

We also like to recognize 6 kids at this banquet who ran all three of the Summer Running Series races as well as demonstrated a passion for running and great sportsmanship throughout the summer. It is a great night for the kids and their families so make sure you sign up today to make sure your kid has a chance to win the award. 

2022 Runner of the Year Banquet - Youth Winners

If you are not a part of a team or a family member but still passionate about running and would like to be there to help recognize these amazing kids and their hard work in running you can buy tickets to the event — all you need to do is Contact Us and we will get back to you about buying some tickets. Directions to the event if you wish to join us for this special night our to the left.