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Eldoret Sirikwa Classic headlines World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold

Friday, October 20th, 2023 10:15 | By
Athletes at Cross Internacional de Atapuerca. PHOTO/World Athletics
Athletes at Cross Internacional de Atapuerca. PHOTO/World Athletics

After the World Athletics Cross Country Tour kicked off with silver and bronze level meetings in Lidingo, Dublin, Ireland, attention now turns to the first gold event of the series.

The 2023-2024 Cross Country Tour calendar, which is the biggest yet, features 25 fixtures from September to March: 15 gold level, eight silver level, and two bronze level.

Season launch

The season launched in Sweden (Silver) on September 23 and continued at the Autumn Open International in Ireland (Bronze) on October 15.

The NI & Ulster and Bobby Rea International Cross Country in Belfast will welcome athletes for the second silver meeting of the series on October 21, the day before the first gold-level competition at the Cross Internacional Zornotza in Amorebieta-Etxano, Spain.

The Cross Country Tour once again features some of the most prestigious international cross-country races in the world and will play a key role in the preparation of many athletes who will be targeting the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade on March 30.

Athletes taking part in Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour in Eldoret in 2022. PHOTO/(@NPSOfficial_KE)/X
Athletes taking part in Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour in Eldoret in 2022. PHOTO/(@NPSOfficial_KE)/X

After the action in Amorebieta-Etxano, the Gold series remains in Spain before making stops in the UK, USA, Italy, Belgium, Botswana, Kenya, and Portugal, as announced by World Athletics.

Name change

In Kenya, it will be held in Eldoret, which is considered the cradle of the top athletic talent in the country.

In 2022, Athletics Kenya (AK) renamed the second edition of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour gold meeting to the Sirikwa Classic.

AK senior vice president Paul Mutwii said the federation was forced to adopt a new name away from the Memorial Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour as the event was initially called early to pay homage to the former world champion Agnes Tirop.

2023/24 World Cross Country Tour Gold calendar

22 Oct – Cross Internacional Zornotza, Amorebieta-Etxano (ESP)
29 Oct – Cross Internacional de Atapuerca, Atapuerca (ESP)
11 Nov – Cardiff Cross Challenge, Cardiff (GBR)
12 Nov – XLI Cross Internacional de Italica, Seville (ESP)
19 Nov – Cross Internacional de Soria (ESP)
26 Nov – Cross Internacional de La Constitucion Alcobendas, Alcobendas (ESP)
30 Nov – Cross Champs, Austin, TX (USA)
17 Dec – Cross Internacional de Venta de Banos, Venta de Banos (ESP)
6 Jan – Campaccio International Cross Country, San Giorgio su Legnano (ITA)
7 Jan – Elgoibar Juan Muguerza International Cross Country, Elgoibar (ESP)
21 Jan – Cross Cup de Hannut, Hannut (BEL)
27 Jan – Botswana International Cross Country, Gaborone (BOT)
28 Jan – Cinque Mulini, San Vittore Olona (ITA)
3 Feb – Sirikwa Classic Cross Country, Eldoret (KEN)
25 Feb – Cross Internacional das Amendoeiras em Flor, Albufeira (POR)

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