by Clay Shaw Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell
Bathurst, Australia, February 17, 2023—It’s really far away, and it’s been a long wait. We lost a day flying to Australia from Philadelphia. Covid-19 postponed the event from 2021 to 2022, and finally to 2023. Even from Sydney, track work caused a train and bus scenario. Bathurst is the first settlement west of the Blue Mountains. Yes, gold was found here. Now the athletes are here and looking for gold. It’s the 44th running of World Athletics World Cross Country, and it’s been almost four years since the last running in Aarhus in March 2019. The Mount Panorama course is hard, and it’s hot, and there is virtually no shade. It should be great.
Here are a few thoughts from the press conference, and some photos on the course.
Awesome job, as always!!!!
Thank you Karen and Clay for taking us with you on your incredible Australian adventure.