South American Cross Country Championships

The South American Cross Country Championships is an annual continental cross country running competition for athletes from South America or, more specifically, member countries of CONSUDATLE. It was first held in 1986,[1] making it the oldest of the continental cross country championships. The event is typically held in late February or early March.[2][3]

South American Cross Country Championships
SportCross country running
ContinentSouth America (CONSUDATLE)

The South American Championships in Athletics were the precursor to the competition in that cross country was featured on the main athletics programme between 1924 and 1949. After the introduction of an independent championships in 1986, multiple races were held: the initial competition schedule featured long races for senior men and women, and shorter races for junior men and women. This was expanded in 1991 with the addition of a youth competition for younger runners. Keeping in line with changes to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the South American championships also held senior short race competitions between 1998–2006, to complement the established long races. The short races were removed from the programme after their removal from the World Championships in 2006.[4]

Brazil have been the most successful nation at the championships: they were undefeated in both of the long race team contests between 1993 and 2001.


Edition Year Venue City Country No. of
1st 1986 San Carlos de Bariloche  Argentina 28
2nd 1987 Santiago  Chile 23
3rd 1988 Tandil  Argentina 23
4th 1989 Asunción  Paraguay 32
5th 1990 Caracas  Venezuela 26
6th 1991 Ambato  Ecuador
7th 1992 Jóckey Club São Paulo  Brazil
8th 1993 Cali  Colombia 89
9th 1994 Manaus  Brazil 81 + 1 guest
10th 1995 Cali  Colombia 60
11th 1996 Club Mbiguá Asunción  Paraguay 108
12th 1997 Santa Lucía Golf Club Comodoro Rivadavia  Argentina 82 + 1 guest
13th 1998 Artur Nogueira  Brazil 117
14th 1999 Artur Nogueira  Brazil 89
15th 2000 Cartagena de Indias  Colombia 81 + 69 foreign guests + 45 locals
16th 2001 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 88 + 114 local
17th 2002 Santa Cruz de la Sierra  Bolivia 72
18th 2003 Ñu Guasú Park Asunción  Paraguay 95
19th 2004 Forte Marechal Hermes Macaé  Brazil 89
20th 2005 Club de Golf del Uruguay Montevideo  Uruguay 138
21st 2006 Naval Base Mar del Plata  Argentina 142
22nd[2] 2007 Centro de Treinamento da Marinha Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 86 + 1 guest
23rd[3] 2008 Ñu Guasú Park Asunción  Paraguay 91
24th[5] 2009 Parque del Stadio Italiano Coronel  Chile 73
25th[6] 2010 Campus La Salle Guayaquil  Ecuador 82
26th[7] 2011 Club Deportivo Sajonia Asunción  Paraguay 97
27th[8] 2012 Escuela de Equitación del Ejército Lima  Peru 85
28th[9] 2013 Ayuí Hotel Complex Concordia, Entre Ríos  Argentina 91
29th 2014 Jardín Botánico y Zoológico Asunción  Paraguay 158
30th 2015 Barranquilla, Atlántico  Colombia


Long course

Year Men's senior race Women's senior race
Individual Team Individual Team
1986  Omar Aguilar (CHI)  Olga Caccaviello (ARG)
1987  Omar Aguilar (CHI)  Mónica Regonessi (CHI)
1988  Antonio Silio (ARG)  Stella Maris Selles (ARG)
1989  Artur Castro (BRA)  Griselda González (ARG)
1990  Gerardo de Assis (BRA)  Rita de Jesus (BRA)
1991  Jacinto Navarrete (COL)  Graciela Caizabanda (ECU)
1992  Valdenor dos Santos (BRA)  Carmem de Oliveira (BRA)
1993  Valdenor dos Santos (BRA)  Brazil  Silvana Pereira (BRA)  Brazil
1994  Silvio Guerra (ECU)  Brazil  Carmem de Oliveira (BRA)  Brazil
1995  Vanderlei de Lima (BRA)  Brazil  Roseli Machado (BRA)  Brazil
1996  Herder Vásquez (COL)  Brazil  Stella Castro (COL)  Brazil
1997  Elenílson da Silva (BRA)  Brazil  Stella Castro (COL)  Brazil
1998  Sérgio Gonçalves da Silva (BRA)  Brazil  Rosângela Faría (BRA)  Brazil
1999  Sérgio Couto (BRA)  Brazil  Érika Olivera (CHI)  Brazil
2000  Daniel Ferreira (BRA)  Brazil  Bertha Sánchez (COL)  Brazil
2001  Adilson Ribeiro (BRA)  Brazil  Adriana de Souza (BRA)  Brazil
2002  Jonathan Monje (CHI)  Chile  Adriana de Souza (BRA)  Ecuador
2003  Javier Guarín (COL)  Chile  Susana Rebolledo (CHI)  Chile
2004  Byron Piedra (ECU)  Ecuador  Maria Lúcia Vieira (BRA)  Brazil
2005  William Naranjo (COL)  Ecuador  Lucélia Peres (BRA)  Brazil
2006  Javier Guarín (COL)  Brazil  Inés Melchor (PER)  Venezuela
2007  William Naranjo (COL)  Brazil  Ednalva Laureano da Silva (BRA)  Brazil
2008  Marílson Gomes dos Santos (BRA)  Brazil  Inés Melchor (PER)  Brazil
2009  Roberto Echeverría (CHI)  Brazil  Zenaide Vieira (BRA)  Brazil
2010  Miguel Almachi (ECU)  Brazil  Inés Melchor (PER)  Peru
2011  Solonei da Silva (BRA)  Brazil  Simone Alves da Silva (BRA)  Brazil
2012  Gilberto Lopes (BRA)  Brazil  Tatiele Carvalho (BRA)  Brazil
2013  Gilmar Silvestre Lopes (BRA)  Brazil  Cruz Nonata da Silva (BRA)  Brazil
2014  Wellington Bezerra da Silva (BRA)  Brazil  Sueli Pereira da Silva (BRA)  Brazil

Short course

Year Men's short race Women's short race
Individual Team Individual Team
1998  João Carlos Leite (BRA)  Brazil  Ana de Souza (BRA)  Brazil
1999  Valdenor dos Santos (BRA)  Brazil  Érika Olivera (CHI)  Chile
2000  Daniel Ferreira (BRA)  Brazil  Fabiana Cristine da Silva (BRA)  Brazil
2001  Oscar Cortínez (ARG)  Argentina  María Paredes (ECU)  Brazil
2002  Hudson de Souza (BRA)  Chile  Bertha Sánchez (COL)  Ecuador
2003  Clodoaldo da Silva (BRA)  Chile  Valeria Rodríguez (ARG)  Chile
2004  Juan Suárez (ARG)  Ecuador  Susana Rebolledo (CHI)  Argentina
2005  Israel dos Anjos (BRA)  Brazil  Susana Rebolledo (CHI)  Argentina
2006  Hudson de Souza (BRA)  Chile  Valeria Rodríguez (ARG)  Argentina


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