The Great Edinburgh International Cross Country, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meet, takes place tomorrow in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park.
The undercard race will feature teams from the United States, the UK and Europe’s all-stars competing in men’s and women’s junior and senior races. Team USA is a bit depleted given the coming marathon Olympic Trials, but features upcoming stars like Bobby Curtis (27:24 PR) and D-II star Neely Spence. The women’s race looks very interesting with Irelands’ Fionulla Britton (reigning European XC champ) against Brit stars Gemma Steel and Steph Twell.
The headline race is a men’s short course 3k individual event, which the IAAF is calling the best race of the year, with Kenenisa Bekele (5k and 10k world record holder) returning to action against Asbel Kiprop (1500m Olympic champ) and Brimin Kitpruto (steeplechase Olympic champ).
BBC One will broadcast the proceedings beginning at 1:00 PM local time, which is 8:00 AM ET. Watch this space for a link to an internet feed if I happen to find one.
The 58th Cross Internacional Zornotza takes place on Monday in the Spanish town of Amorebieta. The headliners are defending champion Joseph Ebuya (2010 World XC champ) against Vincent Chepkok (2011 World XC bronze medalist).
Previews: ElCorreo.com, ABC.es
Indoor Track & Field
College track kicks off the year with a limited schedule.
Kansas’ Bill Easton Invitational is more or less just another college invitational, but the KU Athletics’ web treatment of it is anything but run-of-the-mill. A 2:00 PM ET live webcast will make use of three cameras, announcer, live blog and live results–all on one page. The Jayhawks have their stuff together!
Another meet of interest is a real live college track rivalry. Princeton travels to Navy for the 41st renewal of their dual meet; the series currently stands at 20 wins each.
The Yalamov Memorial – Luch Club Christmas Starts will be held on Saturday in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg,
The 30th Lukashevich Memorial will be held on Monday in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk.
The Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, takes place in the Chinese city on Sunday. There will be a torch lighting ceremony on Saturday, with the cauldron being lit by Sydney Olympic badminton gold medallist Ji Xinpeng and Liu Li, China’s “most beautiful foot massage girl”.
Previews: IAAF, What’s On Xiamen