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World Masters Athletic Championships

World 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.

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 marathon. 

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

  • the marathon event will be replaced by the half marathon as being a mandatory part of championship programme.
  • the 10000m will be replaced by a 10km road race.

Standard Championship Events

100m 200m 400m
800m 1500m 3000m
5000m 10000m
Cross Country


10km Road Half Marathon




4x100m 4x400m
Short Hurdles Long Hurdles Steeplechase
5000m Track 10km Road


20km & 25km Road



Long High Triple Pole Vault
Shot Put Javelin Discus Hammer Weight
Combined Events
Pentathlon Decathlon/ Heptathlon Weight Pentathon


Mountain Running Short Course
Cross Country


Ch # Year Region Country City


27 2026 Asia South Korea Daegu August/
26 2024 Europe Sweden Gothenburg August
25 2022 Europe Finland Tampere June/July
24 2020 North & Central America Canada Toronto Cancelled
23 2018 Europe Spain Malaga September
22 2016 Oceania Australia Perth October
21 2015 Europe France Lyon August
20 2013 South America Brazil Porto Alegre October
19 2011 North & Central America USA Sacramento July
18 2009 Europe Finland Lahti July
17 2007 Europe Italy Riccione September
16 2005 Europe Spain San Sebastian August
15 2003 North & Central America Puerto Rico Carolina July
14 2001 Oceania Australia Brisbane July
13 1999 Europe England Gateshead July
12 1997 Africa South Africa Durban July
11 1995 North & Central America USA Buffalo July
10 1993 Asia Japan Miyazaki October
9 1991 Europe Finland Turku July
8 1989 North & Central America USA Eugene, Oregon July
7 1987 Oceania Australia Melbourne November
6 1985 Europe Italy Rome June
5 1983 North & Central America Puerto Rico San Juan September
4 1981 Oceania New Zealand Christchurch January
3 1979 Europe Germany Hanover July
2 1977 Europe Sweden Gothenburg August
1 1975 North & Central America Canada Toronto November


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  Last Updated 22 December 2023