Ashton Cross Country Course

Ashton Cross Country Course









bill and jim ashton cross country course

Bill Ashton Jim Ashton

Honorees: Bill and Jim Ashton


  • The leadership gift for the course was made by former Hawkeyes and brothers Bill and Jim Ashton
  • Bill, of Davenport, IA, graduated from the University's College of Engineering in 1962, and earned his master's degree in 1963
  • Jim, a 1964 University of Iowa College of Engineering graduate, currently resides in Dallas, TX
  • The Ashton brothers both excelled and lettered in cross country under former Hawkeye men's coach, the late Francis X. Cretzmeyer, and made the lead gift for the course in his honor.
  • Additional information William D. Ashton
  • Additional information Dr. James E. Ashton


Description of facility:
The course is located west of the former facility, Finkbine Golf Course, and near the Karro Athletic Hall of Fame and soccer fields. It can accommodate races of 5,000, 6,000, 8,000 and 10,000 meters. The course boasts a rolling terrain with an outstanding rhythm for running. Some features include a 2,000-meter perimeter and a layout that will enable spectators to view the entire race, from start to finish, from one vantage point.

Address: Hawkeye Park Road
Year built: first event held in 2003
Additional building information and map: Ashton Cross Country Course

Ashton Cross Country Course

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