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A lesser-known photo from the 1924 Olympic Cross-Country event in Paris. Paavo Nurmi is in 4th place.

Cross-country running is one of the oldest athletic disciplines on the planet, but many people don’t understand the rich history of the sport nor see the difficulties it currently faces. This piece will try to explain the tenuous status of the sport and its attempts to soar again, and why reaching a “new” global audience with Olympic inclusion will be an even bigger challenge, despite its lovability.

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The Crystal Springs InternationalCross-Country Course
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Joseph Guillemot leads runners out of the stadium at the start of the Olympic XC event in Antwerp, 1920
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Source: Quora, 2012.
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Stephanie Bruce hurdles some logs at the World XC event in Kampala, Uganda, 2017.

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