Inside European Athletics

Inside European Athletics

Take our sport to your city and your city to our sport!

European Athletics has currently a programme of 11 different sporting events (Championships and Cups) and two corporate events (Congress and Convention) that represent 38 single events over a period of four years, all available for cities and Member Federations to host.

From a European Athletics Championships with a full programme of stadium and out-of-stadium disciplines to smaller scale discipline-specific events or age group championships, from an Indoor to a Cross Country Championships, there are extensive opportunities for cities to select an international athletics event to host that relates to their goals, dimension and resources.

Event bidding is the first stage for bringing one of the European Athletics events to a city in any of our Member Federations’ countries and our manual (which you can download here) From Bidding to Hosting provides you with further information on the overall process about how to become a host for a European Athletics Event.

We are pleased to introduce here the European Athletics Events portfolio at a glance but our team can guide you to evaluate the most suitable type of event for your city and Member Federation.

For further details, please contact us at: bidding@european-athletics.org

 

European Athletics Championships

As the jewel in the crown of events organised by European Athletics the biennial European Athletics Championships are a showcase of the very best the European branch of the sport has to offer.

Traditionally held at the end of the summer season, the Championships bring together the best European athletes matched with top performances to provide a glittering spectacle for both athletics and sports fans and lead to huge TV audiences across Europe. 

First held in 1934 in Turin, Italy, from 2010 the European Championships have been organised every two years and since 2018 they form part of the quadrennial multi-sport event, the European Championships. In 2022 the European Athletics Championships will form part of the European Championships Munich 2022 with eight other sports.

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European Athletics Indoor Championships

The biennial championships are an action-packed event over three days of intense competition with more than 600 athletes from almost all European Athletics Member Federations.

This event held in the first or second weekend of March increases the visibility of the sport and the city in a period of the year that might not attract as much visitors.

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European Athletics Team Championships

The  team  event  by  excellence  of  our  competition  programme  that  pits  joint  men's  and  women's  teams against  the  best  on  the  continent. 

The  top  level  -  Super  League  -  consists  of  the  8  best  teams  in  Europe while 3 other Leagues are the stage for the all the other European teams to compete for promotion in a 2 days programme held normally in June.

The exciting format of these championships puts emphasis on the country and team as opposed to individual results.

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Spar European Country Cross Championships

The closing event of every year’s European calendar (second weekend of December) attracts the best long distance talents from across the continent in the men's and women's U20, U23 and senior categories and also features an exciting mixed relay.

A wonderful way to showcase nature and sport in your city and of getting the public close to the action.

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European Athletics U23 Championships

Exclusively for 20 to 22 year-old athletes, this is often the stage for the stars that have already performed at senior level but provides additional and important competition.

These  Championships  that  count  with  over  1000  athletes  competing  offer  the  best  of  a  major  championships event  with  a  lower  scale  of  
investment. 

Held  in  July,  the  four-day event  is  not  confined  to  the  track  and  field programme in the stadium as it can bring the race walking road events to the heart of the city.

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European Athletics U20 Championships

These championships are the perfect platform for the 16 to 19 years old athletes’ projection to a senior career.

It is therefore an excellent showcase of athletics for your city over four days of a full track and field programme in the month of July with around 1100 athletes competing.

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European Athletics U18 Championships

An athletics youth festival by excellence this event is for many 16-17 years athletes the first international major competition experience.

Over 4 competition days with more than 1000 athletes competing your city can become the  stage  of  remarkable  performances  from  young  athletes  and  be  remembered  as  the  place  where  stars  were born.

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European Race Walking Team Championships

Mainly a team competition it features in one day separate events for Senior Men and Women in the distances of 20km  and  50km  and  separate  events  for  U20  Men  and  Women  in  10km. 

This  event  that  gathers  around  250 European race walkers aiming to achieve an entry standard for the major Athletics Championships further to a team result, can be staged in the center of the city getting the public close to the action.

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European Throwing Cup

Calling for warm weather conditions in March to allow the athletes to achieve great results, this event marks the beginning of the outdoor season for European throwers and gives an early indication of what to expect in that year in the throws’ field.

A two days event that every year counts with the presence of most of the best athletes from the recent World or European Athletics Indoor Championships among the 300 athletes competing

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European Off-Road Running Championships

This  challenging  outdoor  event  is  ideal  for  mountain  landscapes  and  combines  mountain  running  and  trail running in a 2 to 4 days programme of at least 10 elite and 2 mass participation races.

The teams scoring further to the individual results makes it an excitement for the national teams in a one day event connecting with nature.

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European 10,000m Cup

The event that brings long distance to the track, can gather the best long distance runners in Europe, that want to compete both for an entry standard for the major summer athletics championships and for a national team scoring.

European Athletics aims to integrate this event in an existing international event and to become a one day festival for distance running, creating a great atmosphere for the athletes to compete.

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As the jewel in the crown of events organised by European Athletics the biennial European Athletics Championships are a showcase of the very best the European branch of the sport has to offer.

Traditionally held at the end of the summer season, the Championships bring together the best European athletes matched with top performances to provide a glittering spectacle for both athletics and sports fans and lead to huge TV audiences across Europe. 

First held in 1934 in Turin, Italy, from 2010 the European Championships have been organised every two years and since 2018 they form part of the quadrennial multi-sport event, the European Championships. In 2022 the European Athletics Championships will form part of the European Championships Munich 2022 with eight other sports.

More Info

The biennial championships are an action-packed event over three days of intense competition with more than 600 athletes from almost all European Athletics Member Federations.

This event held in the first or second weekend of March increases the visibility of the sport and the city in a period of the year that might not attract as much visitors.

More Info

The  team  event  by  excellence  of  our  competition  programme  that  pits  joint  men's  and  women's  teams against  the  best  on  the  continent. 

The  top  level  -  Super  League  -  consists  of  the  8  best  teams  in  Europe while 3 other Leagues are the stage for the all the other European teams to compete for promotion in a 2 days programme held normally in June.

The exciting format of these championships puts emphasis on the country and team as opposed to individual results.

More Info

The closing event of every year’s European calendar (second weekend of December) attracts the best long distance talents from across the continent in the men's and women's U20, U23 and senior categories and also features an exciting mixed relay.

A wonderful way to showcase nature and sport in your city and of getting the public close to the action.

More Info

Exclusively for 20 to 22 year-old athletes, this is often the stage for the stars that have already performed at senior level but provides additional and important competition.

These  Championships  that  count  with  over  1000  athletes  competing  offer  the  best  of  a  major  championships event  with  a  lower  scale  of  
investment. 

Held  in  July,  the  four-day event  is  not  confined  to  the  track  and  field programme in the stadium as it can bring the race walking road events to the heart of the city.

More Info

These championships are the perfect platform for the 16 to 19 years old athletes’ projection to a senior career.

It is therefore an excellent showcase of athletics for your city over four days of a full track and field programme in the month of July with around 1100 athletes competing.

More Info

An athletics youth festival by excellence this event is for many 16-17 years athletes the first international major competition experience.

Over 4 competition days with more than 1000 athletes competing your city can become the  stage  of  remarkable  performances  from  young  athletes  and  be  remembered  as  the  place  where  stars  were born.

More Info

Mainly a team competition it features in one day separate events for Senior Men and Women in the distances of 20km  and  50km  and  separate  events  for  U20  Men  and  Women  in  10km. 

This  event  that  gathers  around  250 European race walkers aiming to achieve an entry standard for the major Athletics Championships further to a team result, can be staged in the center of the city getting the public close to the action.

More Info

Calling for warm weather conditions in March to allow the athletes to achieve great results, this event marks the beginning of the outdoor season for European throwers and gives an early indication of what to expect in that year in the throws’ field.

A two days event that every year counts with the presence of most of the best athletes from the recent World or European Athletics Indoor Championships among the 300 athletes competing

More Info

This  challenging  outdoor  event  is  ideal  for  mountain  landscapes  and  combines  mountain  running  and  trail running in a 2 to 4 days programme of at least 10 elite and 2 mass participation races.

The teams scoring further to the individual results makes it an excitement for the national teams in a one day event connecting with nature.

More Info

The event that brings long distance to the track, can gather the best long distance runners in Europe, that want to compete both for an entry standard for the major summer athletics championships and for a national team scoring.

European Athletics aims to integrate this event in an existing international event and to become a one day festival for distance running, creating a great atmosphere for the athletes to compete.

More Info
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