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Crown Prince of Denmark running World Cross-Country Championships

The Crown Prince of Denmark is so excited about the upcoming world cross-country championships that he decided to run it

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This Saturday is the World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Many of the world’s best athletes will be competing, including world half-marathon champion and world 10,000m gold medallist Geoffrey Kamworor in the senior men’s race, distance stud Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the U20 men’s race, 5,000m world champion Hellen Obiri in the senior women’s race and world juinor 5,000m champion Beatrice Chebet in the U20 women’s event.

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On top of all of the runners competing in the regularly scheduled programming, there are several special entries in the 4x2K relay. According to Athletics Weekly, the IAAF president and former Olympic medallist Seb Coe and Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, are taking part in the 8K event.

The Crown Prince is an avid runner. In May of last year over 70,000 people ran the Royal Runs in Denmark’s five largest cities. These races were held to celebrate the Prince’s 50th birthday. 

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Canadian junior women

Brogan MacDougall (team captain)
Makenna Fitzgerald
Anne Forsyth
Taryn O’Neill
Maggie Smith
Charlotte Wood

Canadian junior men

Evan Burke (team captain)
Andrew Davies
Joshua Desouza
Ibrahim Kedir
Nicolas Mota
Maximus Thiessen

Canadian senior women

Gen Lalonde (team captain)
Katelyn Ayers
Jessica O’Connell
Natalia Hawthorn
Claire Sumner
Natasha Wodak
Lindsay Carson

Canadian senior men

Ehab El-Sandali
Evan Esselink
Rory Linkletter
Benjamin Preisner
Mike Tate

The race gets underway with the mixed relays at 11:00 a.m. local time and 6 a.m. EDT.