World Athletics and World Masters Athletics have reached a ground-breaking agreement that will see the World Masters Championships held for the first time alongside the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia in 2022.
The World Athletics Council approved the proposal while confirming the competition timetables for both Bathurst and the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Yangzhou 2022.
World Athletics, World Masters Athletics and the Bathurst Local Organizing Committee will work together to organize the inaugural World Masters Cross Country Championships (short course) on the weekend of February 19-20, 2022.
“We have worked hard over the last few years to develop closer relationships with the various sectors of the global running community, including recreational running, mountain and trail running, and parkrun, because that makes our athletics community stronger, so I’m delighted to announce this new initiative in cooperation with World Masters Athletics,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “We look forward to welcoming passionate runners of all ages and abilities to Bathurst next year for what promises to be a unique festival of cross country running.”
World Masters Athletics president Margit Jungmann added: “We are excited to offer this new opportunity for masters athletes around the world to come together and celebrate their love of running and competition, and to join with the best cross country runners in the world to test themselves on the scenic Mt Panorama course at Bathurst in Australia. We are pleased to be working with World Athletics to make this a uniquely memorable event for all the masters athletes who attend.”
Originally scheduled to take place in March 2021 before the Covid-19 pandemic led to its postponement, the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst will now be held on February 19, 2022.
The World Masters Cross Country Championships will include a mixed 4 x 2km relay, tentatively scheduled before the World Athletics events on Saturday, February 19, and a series of age group races on Sunday, February 20.
The program for the 19/20th that are for the WMA athletes will be announced shortly, along with all information regarding entries.