Aarhus’ successful bid to host the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships has been welcomed by the IAAF President Sebastian Coe as part of a Danish success story begun by Copenhagen’s landmark staging of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2014.
"I am delighted that Denmark will again be hosting an IAAF World Athletics Series event," Coe said.
"In 2014 they delivered a wonderful World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen which successfully married the elite world title races with a mass run, and I’m encouraged by similar plans for Aarhus in 2019.
"Their bid was technically excellent and exuded a passion for cross-country running which is very close to my heart.
"Cross country gave me, like so many other runners, the endurance background necessary to compete on the track.
"I very much look forward to visiting Aarhus in just over two years’ time."
Jakob Larsen, the Danish Federation Director, added: "We are humbled by the trust of the IAAF to be able to once again host the world in our country.
"It is no secret that we will be looking to freshen things up.
"Having the IAAF’s confidence to host the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, we will be able to try to innovate this event.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us but the whole running community in Denmark is thrilled to once again welcome the world to our nation."
The IAAF Council awarded Aarhus the right to host the 2019 edition following an audio visual presentation which included proposals for supporting races for 2,000 school children and a mass race which is expected to attract 8,000 runners.
The bid delegation was composed of Larsen, Danish Federation head of communications Henriette Leth Nielsen and senior events consultant of the City of Aarhus, Finn Lyck.
"The quality of the Aarhus candidature was outstanding," says IAAF competitions and events director Paul Hardy.
"Aarhus has the required infrastructure to host a global event of this magnitude.
"Add a great course - challenging for the athletes, good for the spectators and great for television images and a concept that will get the youth of Denmark running around the country.
"This all provides the IAAF with the confidence of returning to Denmark for another remarkable experience."