Myslecinek Park, on the outskirts of Bydgoszcz, is being prepared to welcome more than 400 runners from 47 different countries at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday 24 March 2013.
The park was the venue for the championships three years ago but the circuit design has been modified since 2010 to make the course more challenging.
Larger hills are now incorporated, as well as more natural obstacles and less straight sections.
There will be one loop of 1950m which, combined with the start and finish straights, will make up the following approximate distances for the four races: Junior Women – 3 laps, 6km; Junior Men – 4 laps, 8km; Senior Women – 4 laps, 8km; Senior Men – 6 laps, 12km.
A course profile and elevation outline can be seen here.
How many can run, how many can score?
In all races, IAAF Member Federations may enter a maximum of eight athletes; but no more than six shall be allowed to start in each race with four to score.
The team results are decided by the aggregate of places recorded by the scoring athletes of each team. The team with the lowest aggregate of points will be judged the winner.
If a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team, the runners finishing shall be counted as individuals in the race result and be eligible for the individual prize money (senior races only).
In assessing the aggregate, no adjustment to the scoring of the finishing teams shall be made in respect of any non-scoring team runners or of individual entries. In the event of a tie, it shall be resolved in favour of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to first place.
Extensive background information and complete coverage of the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships can be found on our dedicated competition site.