Harry Pritchett Running Park
For decades, the University of Alabama men's and women's cross country teams have utilized several different practice areas - including its competition course, the Harry Pritchett Running Park. Built in 1959, and formerly known as the University Golf Course, it was named the Harry Pritchett Golf Course in 1980 and was known as such until November of 2003, when the course was converted exclusively for cross country use. In addition to playing host to the annual Crimson Classic event, the Harry Pritchett Running Park has been the venue for the SEC Cross Country Championships as well as the NCAA South Regional Championships (most recently in 2011) and will do so again this November when the Regional meet comes to Tuscaloosa.
The SEC Championships most recently were held at Harry Pritchett Running Park in 2000, when the men finished second and the women were fifth. The venue also hosted the SEC meet in 1972, 1979, 1988 and 2000 (women's SEC competition began in 1983). The Alabama men were second in 1972, fifth in 1979 and fourth in 1988, while the Crimson Tide women finished second in 1988.
The Harry Pritchett Running Park last hosted the region championships in 2011. It also hosted in 2001, 2004 and 2009. The Alabama men won the regional title in 2001 and 2009, finishing eighth in 2004 and 16th in 2011. The Alabama women finished 16th in 2001, 15th in 2004, seventh in 2009 and sixth in 2011. This year's meet is slated for Friday, November 15.
The running park is able to accommodate course lengths of 5,000, 6,000, 8,000 and 10,000 meters. The course is a flat to rolling all-grass surface with limited cart path crossings.
Closest Intersection: Veterans Memorial Parkway & Loop Road
From University of Alabama Campus & Sheraton Four Points to Harry Pritchett Running Park
Take Paul Bryant Drive East to Hwy. 82. Go east on Hwy. 82 (to 2nd traffic light) and make a left (east) on 15th street. Go east on 15th street and continue until you see a sign for Arboretum. You must be in the right lane to take this exit. Go straight off the exit. Make a left and follow road as it curves down the hill. When the road splits at the bottom of the hill, go right into the course entrance. Teams, Officials, etc., please show your parking pass.
From East/ West of Tuscaloosa to Harry Pritchett Running Park
Take I-20/ 59 to exit 73 (Hwy. 82). Go west on Hwy. 82 through several traffic lights to 15th street (the light after the University Mall). Make a right (east) on 15th street and continue until you see a sign for Arboretum. You must be in the right lane to take this exit. Go straight off the exit. Make a left and follow road as it curves down the hill. When the road splits at the bottom of the hill, go right into the course entrance. Teams, Officials, etc., please show your parking pass.