The World Athletics Cross Country Championships 2024 is set to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on March 30, 2024. The picturesque Park of Friendship, located beside the Danube River, will serve as the event venue—an area previously utilized for the 2013 European Championships. Originally scheduled for February 10 and 11, 2024, in Medulin and Pula, Croatia, the championship faced a change in plans due to insufficient preparations. Consequently, on September 15, 2023, World Athletics officially declared the relocation of the event to an undisclosed new venue.
Following the search for a suitable host, Belgrade, Serbia, emerged as the chosen city to organize the Championships. The decision was announced on September 27, 2023 with Belgrade being recognized for its proven track record as a reliable host for world class competitions.Belgrade has served as a distinguished host for several significant sporting competitions, among them being the 1962 European Championships, the 2013 European Cross Country Championships, European Athletics Indoor Championships 2017, Balkan Championships 2017 and World Athletics Indoor Championships 2022. These events show that the city can organize big international sports competitions really well. Because the city has a good history of hosting major sports events, it was chosen to host the important 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships.
The schedule for the 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships:
The schedule is organized with the junior races leading the way, paving the path for the senior events, and culminating in the senior men’s race as the grand finale. The event is scheduled to take place on March 30, and the timing is in Central European Time (CET).
15:30: The proceedings kick off with the exhilarating Mixed Relay, setting the stage for the exciting cross-country competition.
16:10: Following the Mixed Relay, the U20 race for women takes center stage, showcasing the talents of the junior female athletes.
16:50: The U20 race for men follows, providing a platform for the junior male athletes to exhibit their skills and determination in the challenging cross-country terrain.
17:30: As the program progresses, attention turns to the Senior race for women, where seasoned athletes compete in a demanding course.
18:10: The grand culmination of the event unfolds with the Senior race for men, concluding the championship program with the pinnacle of cross-country competition.
This thoughtfully arranged schedule ensures a seamless and captivating flow of events, from the spirited junior races to the intense senior competitions, offering an exciting experience for both participants and spectators alike.