The African Championships in Athletics is a continental athletics event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics. It is generally organised biennially, meaning every four years it is held in the same year as the Summer Olympics.
The 2008 competition was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 2010 edition was held in Nairobi, Kenya.
The event featured a men's marathon from 1979 to 1990. Following it being dropped from the programme an African Marathon Championships was briefly contested. The event programme has roughly matched that of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, with the exception of the 50 kilometres race walk.