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Thousands Flock to Terre Haute for NCAA Cross Country Meet

Hundreds of runners from all over the country braved the cold, and muddy, conditions to see who could cross the finish line first. And the event didn't just bring in lots of people to the valley, experts predict the race will generate around $750,000 for the community.
Thousands poured into Terre Haute this weekend for the NCAA cross country meet.

The race kicked off Saturday morning at the Lavern Gibson course.
   
Hundreds of runners from all over the country braved the cold, and muddy, conditions to see who could cross the finish line first.
   
And the event didn't just bring in lots of people to the valley, experts predict the race will generate around $750,000 for the community.

"Not only do they bring a financial windfall to our community, but they're going to carry away a great message using and muddy conditions of our community. It showcases us and a good moral spotlight and it's a wonderful event," said David Patterson of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau. "People carry the message away across country town USA."
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