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World Athletics (WA) and World Masters Athletics (WMA) have agreed to allow masters-age racing during the World Athletics Cross Country Championships. Masters will be able to compete for the first time ever during the Bathurst, AUS Championships.

WA and WMA and the Bathurst Organising Committee will organise the World Masters Cross Country Championships on the weekend of February 19 and 20 in 2022.

The addition of the masters was approved by the World Athletics Council last week.

On Feb. 19, the under-20 women’s six-kilometre race and the under-20 men’s eight-kilometre race will be followed by the mixed gendre relay in Bathurst.

The senior women’s 10K and senior men’s 10K will be the main event.

“We have worked hard over the last few years to develop closer relationships with the various sectors of the global running community, including recreational running, mountain and trail running, and parkrun, because that makes our athletics community stronger, so I’m delighted to announce this new initiative in cooperation with World Masters Athletics,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “We look forward to welcoming passionate runners of all ages and abilities to Bathurst next year for what promises to be a unique festival of cross country running.”