At today’s 207th IAAF Council Meeting, the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships were awarded to Aarhus, Denmark.
Following the opening of the bidding process on 29 March 2016, the IAAF received expressions of interest from two cities: Hammamet (TUN) and Aarhus (DEN), but only Aarhus formally bid by the deadline of 15 October 2016.
Council awarded Aarhus the right to host the 2019 edition following an audio visual presentation which included proposals for supporting races for 2000 school children and a mass race which is expected to attract 8000 runners. The bid delegation was composed of Danish Federation Director Jakob Larsen, IAAF President Sebastian Coe, Danish Federation Head of Communications Henriette Leth Nielsen and Senior Events Consultant of the City of Aarhus Finn Lyck.
“I am delighted that Denmark will again be hosting an IAAF World Athletics Series event,” commented IAAF President Sebastian Coe. “In 2014 they delivered a wonderful World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen which successfully married the elite world title races with a mass run, and I’m encouraged by similar plans for Aarhus in 2019. Their bid was technically excellent and exuded a passion for cross-country running which is very close to my heart. Cross country gave me, like so many other runners, the endurance background necessary to compete on the track. I very much look forward to visiting Aarhus in just over two years’ time.”
“We are humbled by the trust of the IAAF to be able to once again host the world in our country,” commented Jakob Larsen. “It is no secret that we will be looking to freshen things up. Having the IAAF’s confidence to host the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, we will be able to try to innovate this event. We have a lot of work ahead of us but the whole running community in Denmark is thrilled to once again welcome the world to our nation.”