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Victoria group to bid for 2020 Pan Am XC Cup & Festival, 2023 Worlds

Victoria group to bid for 2020 Pan Am XC Cup & Festival, 2023 Worlds

Victoria, B.C. might be the web site of the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup and Festival. A group calling itself the Victoria International Cross-Country Association (VICCA) is getting ready a bid to host the development on the Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club in Victoria, as a stepping stone against a bid to host the 2023 World Cross-Country Championships on the identical location.

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It will likely be Canada’s flip to host in 2020, and thus far the one different bid is from Vancouver. According to the Athletics Canada web page, the development is for athletes of every age and skills, and can come with the U20 and senior championships with greater than 250 elite athletes attending.

The bid is headed by way of Christopher Kelsall, managing editor of Athletics Illustrated and Victoria Sports News. Also concerned are Bob Reid, treasurer of the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club, Cathy Noel, race organizer of the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Bruce Deacon, two-time Olympian within the marathon. The committee is being assisted by way of Keith Wells, Executive Director of the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission. 

The 2K direction, designed by way of Kelsall and Deacon, in conjunction with qualified direction measurer Gary Duncan, is positioned on Bear Mountain’s Valley Course and features a 200m hill that ascends 30 metres, whilst being each spectacularly scenic and really spectator-friendly. The Five-star lodge hooked up to the valuables will function the athletes’ village.

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Justyn Knight
Justyn Knight on the 2017 Western Cross Country Invitational. Photo: Justyn Knight/Instagram.

“Athletes will love the course,” says Kelsall. “There are long, gently rolling grassy stretches of fringe and rough. It’s a racer’s course. Strength runners will enjoy the climb to the finish as they pick off competitors.”

The Pan Am Cross Country Cup and Festival was once first introduced in 2015, when it was once hosted by way of Colombia, and Canada’s Rachel Hannah gained bronze within the senior ladies’s race, Justyn Knight gained gold within the junior males’s, Hannah Marian Woodhouse gained silver within the junior ladies’s and Branna MacDougall gained bronze within the junior ladies’s. The following yr it was once held in Venezuela, and Canada’s Sasha Gollish gained silver within the senior ladies’s, Branna MacDougall gained gold within the junior ladies’s and Madeleine Ghazarian gained silver within the junior ladies’s. 

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Branna MacDougall on the 2017 Western Cross Country Invitational. Photo: Canadian Running

The World Cross Country Championships, which takes position each and every different yr, has handiest taken position in North America two times: the 1984 tournament in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the 1992 tournament in Boston.

The a hit bidder will obtain a $25,000 webhosting grant, 40 in keeping with cent of all access charges, and 50 in keeping with cent of native sponsorship.

The time limit for the bid submission is Monday, December 31, 2018, and the profitable bid will likely be determined in February 2019. VICCA may be bearing in mind bidding at the 2021 NACAC Cross-Country Championships in addition to the 2023 Worlds.


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