Maryland hosts the annual “Battle of the Potomac” which pits runners competing for their home state in a unique 5K cross country race. It was Maryland runners who got the chance to walk away with the two “Potomac XC Cups” signifying cross country supremacy on the states and Washington DC that are located along the Potomac River. The seeded boys race brought some extra drama with a tight battle upfront with the top runner from Maryland being pressed by DC’s best boy. They pushed the pace hard right to the finish line and Maryland’s Ryan Forsyth broke the course record set in the 2nd XC Border War in 2007.

The 2014 running of the race is slated to return to Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg Maryland which is only a 30 minute drive from the hotbed of Suburban Washington DC cross country running. The meet was aptly nicknamed the XC Border War by high school in 2006 and the name has stuck. This will be the 9th running of the MD vs. VA vs. DC vs. WV Border War.

Registration will open in mid September on the site, BATTLEXC.com. The registration fee includes a racing singlet under your home state and the much coveted Barbecue Chicken Dinner after the races.