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Athletics Illustrated is pleased to partner with Athletics Canada to provide coverage of the 2019 and 2020 Canadian Cross Country Championships.

The meet will take place in Clearbrook Park, which is located in Abbotsford, BC outside of Vancouver.

Athletics Illustrated provided race video, editorial content, photos and post-race interviews with athletes and coaches for the four years that ACXC was held in Vancouver at Jericho Beach prior to Kingston, ON hosting the annual club championships. Athletics Illustrated has experience in provincial clubs and high school championships as well.

For 2019 and 2020, Athletics Canada will provide video footage of each race event, while Athletics Illustrated will fill the journalism gap with interviews, photos, stories and supplemental video footage.

To date, just over 300 athletes have registered to take part in the event across all age groups. Deadline for registration is Nov. 18 at 1:00 pm PST or 4:00 pm EST.

New to the event:

The U16 boys and girls races will be held as a pilot project to evaluate full inclusion in subsequent championships. Individual medals will be awarded in the U16 races, but no club or branch medals will be awarded as part of the pilot.  Following the event, Athletics Canada will evaluate adding these races to the program for future editions.

An all classifications mixed-gender para race has been added. The 4km race is for all para-athletics classifications.

The senior women and men’s races are 10-kilometres in length covering the 2K loop five times.

Junior and masters men run four laps. The full schedule and list of distances is available here.

Complete information about the course, registration, confirmation, accommodation and everything you need to know can be found here. 

Deadline for registration is Nov. 18 at 1:00 pm PST or 4:00 pm EST.

The national championships typically act as qualification meets for athletes who hope to run internationally for Canada. Next up for Canadian athletes is the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup (Championships) taking place in Langford, BC, in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island on Feb. 29, 2020.

The meet will include youth, junior, senior and masters races including a kids nations cup race as well as Can-Am masters championships.

The following athletes are eligible to compete at the 2019 Canadian Cross Country Championships:

Athlete citizenship eligibility

  1. Canadian citizens who are Athletics Canada members.
  2. Only Canadian citizens are eligible to be declared Canadian Champion and receive a medal, award or financial recognition.
  3. All athletes must be a member of Athletics Canada in order to be eligible to compete. Membership must be obtained through one of Athletics Canada’s provincial branches.

Non-Canadian citizens

The following non-Canadian citizens are also eligible to compete:

  1. Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) who are Athletics Canada members and full-time residents of Canada.
  2. Athletes who are claiming refugee status and foreign athletes who are temporary residents of Canada due to business, study or family reasons, providing that they are Athletics Canada members and have been a resident in Canada for at least six months prior to the date of competition.
  3. Foreign athletes who are in good standing with their national athletic organization, who have been invited and have had their applications accepted. Acceptance of these entry applications are at the approval/discretion of Athletics Canada. Athletes in this category will not be required to obtain an Athletics Canada membership.

*Please refer to Athletics Canada’s Competition Rule 86 for all rules regarding athlete eligibility at National Championships.

Note: Non-Canadian citizens are not eligible to be declared Canadian Champion and receive a medal, award or financial recognition.

The Canadian Masters Championships are open to all male and female masters (age 30+ on race day).

Male and female competitors will run in the same race. All Master athletes, if a resident in Canada, must be members of Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) by taking out a full Masters membership of any Athletics Canada provincial affiliate. If a resident outside of Canada, Master athletes must be members of USATF or another World Masters Athletics (WMA) national affiliate.