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World Masters Indoor Championships

World Masters Athletics introduced a world championship for indoor events from 2004, to be held every two years. With the traditional outdoor championships migrating to even numbered years, the indoor version have gone to odd numbered years.

The indoor track is smaller than its outdoor cousin. Laps are 200m long and the number of lanes is typically six. It is not uncommon for the track to be banked at the turns.

The events that must be contested as part of the indoor champs are 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m for runners. Hurdlers contest a short hurdle competition over 60m and walkers have a 3000m track walk. Only one relay competition takes place: a 4x200m. The jumpers have a full programme available (high, long, triple jumps and pole vault). The throwers have the shot put and weight throw. An indoor variant of the pentathlon is the sole combined events competition.

Championship organisers can choose to add a number of outdoor events to the championship. Walkers have a 10km road walk, while throwers can complete their range of events with the hammer, discus and javelin. For runners, there is an 8km cross country and a half marathon.

At the 2016 General Assembly, a motion was passed to change the event programme after the 2017 Championships:

  • the half marathon event will be replaced by a 10km road race;
  • a 5km walking road race event will be added.
Standard Championship Events
60m 200m 400m
800m 1500m 3000m
Cross Country


10km Half Marathon


60m Hurdles
3000m Track 10km Road



Long High Triple Pole Vault
Shot Put Javelin Discus Hammer Weight
Combined Events
Indoor Pentathlon


Ch # Year Region Country City


9 2023 Europe Poland Torun TBC
8 2019 Europe Poland Torun March
7 2017 Asia South Korea Daegu March
6 2014 Europe Hungary Budapest March
5 2012 Europe Finland Jyvaskyla April
4 2010 North & Central America Canada Kamloops March
3 2008 Europe France Clermont-Ferrand March
2 2006 Europe Austria Linz March
1 2004 Europe Germany Sindelfingen March


Year Photos
2017 Day: One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six - Seven


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  Last Updated 22 December 2023