Luther has one of the best on-campus cross-country courses in the Iowa Conference; acres of open field, woods, and prairie on campus provide ideal training for both cross country and distance track. In Decorah, the Oneota River Valley provides miles of gravel roads, challenging hills, and endless trails littered throughout the bluff country.
The course is home to the Iowa Conference record setting Norse men's and women's cross country teams. The Norse women have been crowned IIAC champions 12 times, and the men have won the league title a record 32 times.
Both teams have also made numerous trips to the NCAA III National Championships. The women have been to the national finale 14 times, posting six top-10 finishes, including a third place finish in 2000. The men have made 28 trips to the national championships, posting top-10 finishes 14 times, including capturing the national title in 1985.
This fall (2016) the cross country course will be home for the 45th Annual All-American Invitational. Over 1,500 athletes participate annually, running in the boys and girls junior high and high school races, as well as the men's and women's collegiate races.