World Cross Country Championships

World Cross Country Championships

February 18, 2023

In Bathurst, the "World's Greatest Footrace" Lived Up to Its Name

Beatrice Chebet, Jacob Kiplimo, and the sport of cross country were the big winners Down Under.
February 16, 2023

Joshua Cheptegei Is Ready to Go & More Insights From the World XC Course

Six years ago, Cheptegei melted down at World XC on a hot day in Kampala. His team believes he is better prepared for the heat on Saturday.
February 16, 2023

Hills, Tires, Heat, and A Lap Around "The Mount": Goes to Australia for World XC

Have you ever seen an xc course that splits into 3 paths as it goes through a vineyard? LetsRun's Jonathan Gault is in Australia and he gives you the highlights of his first day Down Under.
February 15, 2023

Emma Coburn, Heather MacLean, and...Jordan Mann? How USATF's World XC Relay Team Came Together

Two US stars and two relative unknowns comprise the US 4 x 2k relay team at World XC.
February 14, 2023

The World's Greatest Footrace Is (Finally!) Back. Here's What to Look For At 2023 World XC.

The men's race should be an all-time classic as it is totally stacked with Joshua Cheptegei, Geoffrey Kamworor, Selemon Barega, Jacob Kiplimo, & more. Letesenbet Gidey leads the women's race while host Australia is favored in the 4x2k relay.
July 14, 2022

Tallahassee to Host 2026 World Cross Country Championships, Tokyo to Host 2025 World Athletics Champs

World XC is coming to the USA for the first time since 1992 as Tallahassee, Florida was selected as the 2026 host.
June 11, 2020

I Was Bored, So I Watched Eliud Kipchoge & Kenenisa Bekele's Duel at 2005 World XC

A duel between legends was the headliner, but did you know the future greatest marathoner in history ended up making a classic beginning runner's mistake? 2005 World XC also featured an impressive double from Tirunesh Dibaba, an appearance from 15-year-old Aliphine Tuliamuk, and the last world xc appearances for Galen Rupp, Jenny Simpson, and Dathan Ritzenhein 
April 23, 2020

I Was Bored, So I Watched the Insane 2007 World Cross Country Championships in Kenya

The 2007 World XC meet was one of the most memorable in history. The UNBEATABLE Kenenisa Bekele was not only beat - he quit mid-race while in medal position with only 800 meters to go. A truly insane day of racing in the heat of Mombasa, Kenya, that featured future Olympic champions Asbel Kiprop, Mo Farah, Stephen Kiprotich, Taoufik Makhloufi, Vivian Cheruiyot, and Tirunesh Dibaba.
March 09, 2020

Craig Virgin Recalls His Epic Victory at the World Cross Country Championships, 40 Years Later

Only one American man has ever won World XC. In his own words, Virgin describes how he survived his four "moments of truth" to win in Paris in 1980, where he celebrated with champagne long into the night.
March 20, 2019

Mud, Beer, and VIKINGS! A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How the Incredible 2019 World XC Course Was Designed

Organizers are planning one hell of a party for next week's World XC Champs. The course features mud, water, and and pits, a beer tent, a portion that runs over the roof of a museum, and a Viking Zone. And it's all inspired by Chuck Norris.
March 25, 2017

Her Dreams Became Reality: Canadian Champion Sasha Gollish Will Run World XC After an 8-Year Break From the Sport

Gollish quit the sport as a 20-year-old but recommitted herself at age 32 in 2014 and has improved rapidly since, winning the Canadian and NACAC XC titles this winter. She'll lead Team Canada on Sunday.
March 24, 2017

The World's Greatest Footrace - 2017 World XC Champs Senior Men's Preview: Can Geoffrey Kamworor Lead Kenya to Team Gold? Can the Americans Medal?

Geoffrey Kamworor is looking to become the 1st man since 2006 to successfully defend his world cross country crown. Can he do it? If he falters, who is likely to win? Can the Americans possibly pick up their first individual medal since Alberto Salazar's silver in 1982? They've certainly got a good chance, particularly if Olympic 5000 silver medallist Paul Chelimo, who is in Uganda ready to race the 10k (but currently only on the 4 x 2k relay), ends up running.
May 21, 2015

Sonia O'Sullivan Shares Her Training Log With - How Did The Villanova Grad Win The World Cross-Country Title (Twice) In 1998?

When we were in China for World XC, Sonia O'Sullivan handed us a copy of her training log from March of 1998 - the month she won World Cross-Country (twice). With no major meets this weekend, now is the perfect time to learn what it took for O'Sullivan - who still is the Irish record holder at at every distance from 1k through the half marathon thanks to her 2:34.66 for 1,000, 3:58.85 for 1,500, 4:17.25 for the mile, 5:25.36 for 2,000 (still the WR), 8:21.64 for 3,000, 9:19.56 for 2 miles, 14:41.02 for 5,000, 30:47.59 for 10,000, and 67:19 for 13.1 PRs - to be the best in the world.
March 26, 2015

Led by Laura Thweatt The American Women Have a Great Shot at Another World XC Medal

We look at the USA women's chances (very good with much of Europe giving up) and have interviews with Sarah Hall and Jen Rhines in China.