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Tallahassee to receive economic boost from 2026 cross country world championship

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County is preparing for a world championship in the years ahead.

The 2026 World Athletics Cross Country Championship is expected to pump $4.3 million into the local economy.

Kerri Post, Director of the Leon County Division of Tourism says this was a long bidding process and she can’t believe they won.

“We could not be more excited and more proud,” Post said.

Post says she’s been working for over 10 years developing the cross country course, team and events and this moment is completely full circle.

There was a three year bidding process with World Athletics for the event.

“To be now at a point where we’re going to be welcoming the world here to Leon County’s Apalachee Regional Park in five years, I couldn’t be more excited and proud,” Post said.

The World Athletics Cross Country Championship will have more than 500 runners from over 60 countries participating in five championship races.

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