Poland To Host 2013 World XC Championships

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 11, 2011
  • Updated May. 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM UTC

The championships are now held every other year.

Written by: David Monti

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The IAAF announced today that the Polish city of Bydgoszcz would be the site of the next IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2013.  The decision to award the 40th edition of these championships to Bydgoszcz, which hosted the event in 2010, was unanimously supported by the IAAF Council, and followed a meeting in Monaco on May 3, when the IAAF met representatives of the Polish Athletics Federation, the city of Bydgoszcz, and the 2010 Local Organizing Committee.

The event will be held in Sunday, March 24.  ”Bydgoszcz has been a superb organizer of IAAF World Athletics Series events from the inaugural World Youth Championships in 1999 through to the 2008 World Junior Championships and most recently last year’s World Cross Country Championships,” commented IAAF President Lamine Diack through a news release.  ”We are delighted that we will again experience their warm welcome, dedication and experience as an event organizer.”  The IAAF World Cross Country Championships are now held every other year, alternating with the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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