Nordic Athletics

Nordic Athletics is an international governing body for the sport of athletics in the Nordic countriesDenmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It is responsible for organising Nordic competitions between the nations, as well as collating Nordic records for the best performances by athletes of the nations,[1] and holding congresses on the sport for technical rules, coaching and sport administration. Membership of the regional body is composed of the five national athletics bodies. The group also serves to influence the International Association of Athletics Federations and European Athletics in regards to Nordic issues.[2]

Nordic Athletics
TypeSports federation
5 member federations

The earliest regular Nordic competition to be established was the Nordic Marathon Championships and Nordic Combined Events Championships, which were first held in 1949 as a single-host competition. The first full programme event was the Nordic Junior Athletics Championships, an outdoor track and field competition for under-21 athletes, which began in 1950. Several competitions were created and discontinued in the 1960s–1980s, including a full senior programme event in the Nordic Athletics Championships. The 1990s saw three competitions become regular fixtures: the Nordic 10000m Challenge, the Nordic Cross Country Championships, and the Nordic–Baltic Under-23 Athletics Championships. Alongside these events, the Nordic Race Walking Championships, Nordic Indoor Athletics Match, Nordic Junior Athletics Championships and the Nordic Junior Combined Events Championships comprise the ongoing competitions organised by the body.[3][4]

Since 2008, the organisation has encouraged the involvement of athletes from the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) as both guest athletes and formal competitors.[2]

In July 2019 it began publishing Nordic Athletics Magazine.[5]



Competition Type Frequency First year Final year
Nordic Athletics Championships outdoor track and field Biennial 1961 1965
Nordic Indoor Athletics Championships indoor track and field Annual 1986 1987
Nordic Indoor Athletics Match indoor track and field Annual 2011
Nordic Women's Cup women's athletics Biennial 1974 1982
Nordic 10000m Challenge 10,000 metres Annual 1997
Nordic Combined Events Championships combined track and field events Annual 1949 1970
Nordic Cross Country Championships cross country running Annual 1997
Nordic Marathon Championships marathon Biennial 1949 1981
Nordic Race Walking Championships racewalking Annual 1957
Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships racewalking Biennial 1974 1978
Nordic Junior Race Walking Championships racewalking Annual 1966 2003
Nordic–Baltic Under-23 Athletics Championships under-23 athletics Biennial 1998
Nordic Junior Athletics Championships under-20 athletics Annual 1950 (as under-21)
Nordic Junior Combined Events Championships under-20 combined events Annual 1969


  1. ^ Nordic records. Nordic Athletics. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ a b Nordic Handbook. Nordic Athletics (2019). Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  3. ^ Nordic Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  4. ^ Competition Venues. Nordic Athletics. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  5. ^ "Nordic Athletics Magazine 10th July". Norsk Friidrett. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.