The traditional cross-country race will have a new format in 2011.
The silver medallist in the 5,000m at the Beijing Olympics, Eliud Kipchoge, will be running in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race, which is scheduled to take place on January 8 of next year. This will be the fifth time Kipchoge will have run the race. He won the 9K event in 2005.
New this year at this race will be a revised schedule comprised of three races: The first race is the men’s 4K, which replaces the traditional 9K race. The second race is the women’s 6K invitation-only event, while the third event will be the men’s 8K International Team Challenge.
In the team challenge, countries will enter nine athletes with the first six to finish scoring based on their overall position. The team that has the lowest score wins.
“The new program is designed to host what should be a closely fought duel between the teams involved,” said event director Andy Caine.
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