â€śTen Questionsâ€ť is a series of interviews with top mountain running athletes from around the world. USA junior team manager Paul Kirsch contributed this edition of Ten Questions. Intro photo by Damiano Benedetto.
Francesco Puppi was the 2017 World Mountain Running Long Distance Champion and finished second in the standings for the 2018 WMRA Cup. He has an extensive background in running on all surfaces, from mountain to track to road to trail. He currently lives and trains in the Como area located in the Lombardy region of Italy. He also has a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Milan.
â€śTen Questionsâ€ť is a series of interviews with top mountain running athletes from around the world. USA junior team manager Paul Kirsch contributed this edition of Ten Questions.
Alexia Hecico is a 3-time member of the Junior Womenâ€™s Mountain Running Team for Romania Athletics. She was their top World Mountain Running Championship scorer in 2017 (4th Place, Premana, Italy) and 2018 (6th Place, Canillo, Andorra). She helped lead the Romanian junior women to a team gold medal in 2017 and a team bronze in 2018.
Today marks the launch of the 2019 World Cup calendar with an exciting series of races... 7 exciting and unique races in 7 different countries... 140km of mountain racing tracks... 9300m+ of elevation with 5600m- of descent... And a total prize pool across all of the races including the overall World Cup ranking of approximately 56,000 euro. It is where some of the fastest Mountain Runners will be competing in 2019!
What ever part of the World you are living in the World Mountain Running Association wishes you a happy Mountain Running and we hope to see you fit and well in 2019. Thankyou for the support and enthusiasm for this sport we love.
The World Cup news is that regulations are online and available to all races that are interested to join us at the WMRA on our continuing journey to partner with amazing races at amazing races. Link here to the regulations and application form. These can be downloaded at the link below. You can send the signed application form from your race to Tomo Sarf (Secretary). All details below..
A video review from 2018 is presented for you to enjoy. With five great race events in five different countries we are able to show for the very first time a summary of this years events where the WMRA took a video crew to 4 out of these 5 race events. Video here..
The warmup for the 2019 World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships took place during the past weekend. Get a feel for the event by reading the press review below and get inspired by seeing the photos: