Cross-country running is a type of running sport. In this event, individuals or teams run a race which will involve courses over natural terrain. The course involves surfaces of grass and earth, woodlands, hills, flat ground, and gravel road.
Races usually take place during autumn and winter. Cross country races are held even when there is rain, sleet, snow or hail. International competition courses usually involve a loop between 1750 and 2000 meters. All the participants start at the same time, and complete around three to six loops, depending on the race.
Cross country running was an Olympic event in 1912, 1920 and 1924. Cross country running is still an event at the Olympic Games, though it is only contested as the fifth discipline of the modern pentathlon.
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- Fell Running — running and racing done off-road or on any over upland country, with a significant hill component.
- Skyrunning — a running sport in which athletes compete on a course that leads through mountains.
- Steeplechase — a distance track running event with barriers and water jumps.
- Ekiden — long-distance relay running typically held on roads.
- Canicross — a variant of cross country running in which runners have to complete the course accompanied by their dogs.
- Snowshoeing — racing in the snow wearing snow shoes.
- Cross-Country Skiing — long-distance cross country races on skis and snow.
- Cross-Country Running is one part of the Modern Pentathlon
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- Cross country running was once part of the Olympic Games
- Cross country running is part of the modern pentathlon and the military pentathlon
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