The Norwegian Johan Bugge today showed all how to perform strongly at the Smarna Gora. It was the final act of the mountain running World Cup and didn't disappoint the high expectations. This morning on the hill of Saint Mary in the north of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana over 160 athletes competed on 10 km of trails that had two challenging climbs interrupted by a short but steep and technical descent. This part once again made a big difference to the result.
'The 39th edition of the Smarna Gora signals the end to the World Cup season in 2018 with a great international line up. 19 countries represented.'
Itâ€™s become a tradition that with the falling leaves of autumn mountain runners descend on a small village on the outskirts of Ljubljana in Slovenia. It is the 5th and final race in the 2018 World Cup of Mountain Running with 19 countries represented so athletes still have a chance to improve their World Cup position as well as their World ranking.
After 45 years the Adelholzen Hochfelln Mountain Race honoured its reputation as an historic bastion of the pure mountain running tradition. The course of 9km with 1074m of climb doesn't offer any rest and while it might be short in distance it is very difficult especially at the end of a long season!
NEW MOUNTAIN RUNNING WORLD RANKINGAt the meeting of the 2018 WMRA Congress before the World Championship races in Canillo, Andorra there was an opportunity to present to the Mountain Running community the new initiative of the Mountain Running World Ranking project with the test results so far.
45th International Hochfelln Mountain Race WORLD CUP ROUND 4
World Champion Lucy Wambui Murigi from Kenya makes her first appearance at Hochfelln with her compatriot Geoffrey Gikuni Ndunga one of the favourites in the menâ€™s race.
WORLD MOUNTAINRUNNING CHAMPS: LUCY MURIGI AND VICTOR KIPLANGAT TO DEFEND THEIR 2017 TITLES
40 nations are on their way to Sunday's competition in Canillo, Andorra for the 34th World Mountain Running champs by WMRA/IAAF. It's one of Europes smaller countries but it boasts very big mountains and is a perfect location for the 2018 Championships.
On steep mountain tracks, athletes from all over the world will battle it out in a discipline now growing to global level after the recent announcemtent of the co-operation between the WMRA / ITRA and the IAAF.
The winners of Premana 2017 will be in the competition in Canillo 2018 as title-defenders making the races very exciting and bringing the element of winning both an uphill and up and down World title into the equation. Very few runners in the history of Mountain Running have been able to win back to back. For first time on an uphill only World Mountain Champs the distances will be equal for men and women.