The IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all that likes to run and move. For the first time in history the world championship event is open for recreational runners where everybody can join – and exactly your participation must be rewarded with a unique medal. It is hereby an honour to present the medal for the mass races. 

Photo: Design of the medal that will be given to all runners completing the mass race (IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships 2019).

It is no longer a secret that the IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus in March 30th 2019 is a new and innovative event that has great visions for the discipline of cross country and running in general. One of the grand visions is to make cross country available to everyone. 

And therefore the event has been made open for recreational runners besides the elite – a mass race has been introduced and you can join several distances. Find the one that suits you, or gather 4 friends and make a relay team. It is extraordinary and normally the World Championship course is exclusive for the elite runners. But this time – for the first time, and possibly for the only time – the World Championship course is open for recreational runners. That also means that everyone – also probably only this time – get to run on the roof of the mesmerising Moesgaard Museum as a part of an event. 

With other words – it cannot be emphasised enough that this opportunity of a once-in-a-liftetime opportunity. You not only get the opportunity to see and experience a World Championship in the backyard of Aarhus as a spectator – you also have the option to run as well as a participant. And you can even do both things. Watch the world’s best elite runners fight for the title in the morning and participate yourself later on the day on one of the distances in the mass race. 

2 km | The Sprint
4 x 2 km | The Relay
4/8/12 km | Cross & Trail
10 KM | The Search


One of the best memories from a sports event is a medal. And of course you get a medal here. However, this is by no means just an ordinary medal. It is a replica of the World Championship medal that will be given to the winners of the elite races. Participate in the mass race and go home with a medal that very few people in the world ever will have. 

Check out the medal on the picture on top and imagine having it hanging in your home. Go to the registration and sign yourself, your friends, colleagues and family up for an event so you will have your spots secured. And then it is all up to you to complete the mass races. Then we will give you this medal around your neck when you cross the finish line – as a eternal memory of the time when the IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships was in Aarhus, and YOU were a part of it!