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IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships

Saturday March 20th, 2021
Aarhus, Denmark
Distance: Senior Race

Aarhus will be hosting the IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships 2019 at Moesgaard Museum. And you can participate!

It will be a unique and wild event on the grassy, sloping roof of the Moesgaard Museum and in the nature area around the spectacular building. The 2K loop offers not only a trip up an down the roof of Moesgaard Museum, but also takes one through Mikkeller's own cheering tent, a club zone, a water passage, mud pit, sand pit, Viking Zone and much more.

For the first time ever, amateur/leisure runners are able to compete on an official WXC course and on the same day as the World Cup participants. The day starts out with the official IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championship in different disciplines which is for everybody to witness. Later, other amateur runners are able to participate in three different categories on the exact same route.

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Race Date: 03/30/2019 Distance: Senior Race
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 31:40 JOSHUA CHEPTEGEI 22 UGA
2nd Male 31:44 JACOB KIPLIMO 18 UGA
3rd Male 31:55 GEOFFREY KAMWOROR 26 KEN
4th Male 32:04 ARON KIFLE 21 ERI
Female 36:14 HELLEN OBIRI 29 KEN
2nd Female 36:16 DERA DIDA 22 ETH
3rd Female 36:24 LETESENBET GIDEY 21 ETH
4th Female 36:47 RACHAEL ZENA CHEBET 22 UGA
Division Time Name Age Home
IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships

(2019) Winning the world cross-country title meant a lot to Joshua Cheptegei. It was redemption for his melt-down at home in Kampala two years ago. It was Uganda’s first senior win at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. And he led his team to a gold medal which was another first.

But Cheptegei had barely crossed the finish line in Aarhus before he was talking about new goals. Perhaps that should read ‘revealing his next goals’, because the 22-year-old from Uganda’s Kapchorwa district gives every indication of setting his goals long-term.

Not only would Cheptegei like to be the man to succeed Mo Farah as world champion at 10,000m this year, he aims to replicate Farah’s longevity.

“My ambition is to dominate the track for the next five or six years,” Cheptegei says. Then he will consider a move to the marathon. For now, though, track distances, cross country and the half marathon are his – rather generous – limits.

Farah, for his part, has mused recently that he might reconsider his decision to leave track running behind. Maybe that was just Mo being Mo, but you get the impression Cheptegei would not be fazed at the prospect. He would probably cherish the chance to cement his takeover by racing against, and defeating, the reigning king.

That is all for the future, albeit the near future, and whatever Farah does is outside Cheptegei’s, or anyone else’s, control.

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