Masters Athletics introduced a world championship from 1975, to be held every two years. From 2016, they will
be held in even number years. This is to avoid the
four yearly clash with the World Masters Games now that the
athletics events of that championship have been brought into
the WMA domain.
Men used to have
to be 40 or over to enter, but since 2005 the age
requirements for both men and women has been set at 35.
Primarily a track and field
championship, there are a number of ex-stadia events that
are held. In prior years events such as a 10km road run
(1989), pentathlon (1987 and prior), 3000m (1975 and in 1977
just for for women) and 25km road walk were held. Now the
programme has settled down into a standard line-up, with the
most recent change being the 2013 addition of the half
At the 2016 General Assembly, a motion
was passed to change the event programme after the 2016
- the marathon event will be replaced
by the half marathon as being a mandatory part of
- the 10000m will be replaced by a
10km road race..