USA XC Legend Lynn Jennings on Aarhus Course: “The Best and the Toughest Cross Country Course I Have Seen”

March 29, 2019

AARHUS, Denmark — Lynn Jennings is the most credentialed American cross country runner ever, with world titles in 1990, 1991, and 1992. She is in Aarhus helping promote the sport of cross country and the IAAF Heritage Display here.

Jennings and five-time world cross country champion Paul Tergat were at the press conference today and both spoke highly of the magnificent Aarhus course, which has been the number one topic of discussion with everyone here.

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Lynn was full of praise for the course, saying it’s “the best and the toughest cross country course I have seen.” In the video clip below, she eloquently summed up everything great about the sport of cross country in general and the Aarhus course in particular.

“Every single year for eight straight years, I would go to World XC with various levels of success, but it always served as the true foundation of the rest of my year… Cross country is not woman and man against nature but rather with it. It’s running on the grass, feeling the difficulty. To me cross country was always that mirror I would hold up to myself and find out exactly how strong my backbone was, exactly how robust my willingness was and how stout my heart was and I knew if I could place or medal or win at World Cross it gave me an indomitableness for the entire rest of the year….The natural elements of this course are as authentic as they should be, the hills and undulations. Add in the extra elements of the mud and water and it is truly the best and the toughest cross country course I have seen.”

Discuss Lynn’s comments here.

Massachusetts/American XC legends Shalane Flanagan and Lynn Jennings

Paul Tergat talks about the course: