Toronto, Ontario was the first city to host the World Masters Athletics Championships in 1975 and it has just been announced the city has been awarded the 2020 Championships after narrowly defeating Gothenburg, Sweden’s bid.
The vote was held in Perth, Australia at the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships. Toronto is North America’s fourth largest city, and Canada’s largest, and the event will be held July 20 – August 1, 2020.
The event is for athletes 35 and older and will feature track and field, cross-country, race walks and road races. The venues include Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Track and Field Centre, York University Stadium, Centennial Park and Toronto Islands. Varsity Stadium will be the primary venue for the championships hosting the opening and closing ceremonies.
The last time the championships were held in North America was back in 2011 when Sacramento, Calif. acted as hosts. This past August, Vancouver hosted the inaugural Americas Masters Games.
Canada is well-known in the world Masters Athletics scene, in part due to the success of 85-year-old Ed Whitlock, who recently broke the men’s 85-89 marathon world record. Whitlock is the only man over 70 to have broken the 4:00-mark in the marathon.