Luther has one of the best on-campus cross-country courses in the American Rivers 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 Luther College cross country course is located on the lower campus with the start and finish area located north of the soccer field. Parking is available in the Regents Center lot.
The course is home to the American Rivers Conference record setting Norse men's and women's cross country teams. The Norse women have been crowned conference 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.
Each fall, the cross country course is the home for the 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.