News & Updates

21 August 2020 • Cross Country

Statement on NZ Cross Country Championships

Following government confirmation today that an update on New Zealand’s current alert levels has been delayed until Monday 24 August, Athletics New Zealand wishes to confirm that plans are in place for the New Zealand Cross Country Championships to go ahead in Dunedin on Saturday 29 August at either Alert Level 1 or 2.

If Auckland-based entrants are unable to travel due to the region remaining in Alert Level 3, the event will still proceed but its status as a national championship will be amended accordingly.

Entry fees will be refunded for those participants unable to travel due to the Alert Level 3 restrictions.

The well-being of all participants and spectators is Athletics NZ’s highest priority in regards to this event and a comprehensive health and safety plan has therefore been put together.

The plan includes many measures that will be taken to ensure the event can be hosted safely, including restricting the fields for each race and carefully managing the number of spectators.

Contact tracing, good hygiene practices and physical distancing measures will also be actioned.

The viability of hosting this event may however be impacted by the ramifications of the government announcement on Monday 24 August.

Athletics NZ and the local organising committee will therefore review the government announcement and release a further update as soon as possible.

As a result, the closing date for entries has been extended to 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August.

To register for the New Zealand Cross Country Championships please click here

For detailed information from Athletics NZ on general athletics activity under different alert levels please click here