We're learning a bit more about the athletes on the WMRA athletes' commission at the moment. We spoke to Irish runner Zak Hanna, who finished 6th in the 2019 World Cup despite, incredibly, only having taken up running at the end of 2015. He's a very exciting young talent and it will be great to see how he continues to progress in the sport in 2020 and beyond.
The WMRA recently travelled to Lanzarote to inspect the courses for this yearâ€™s World Championships and to work out the details with the organisers. Weâ€™re pleased to bring you some more information on the 2020 World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. An important point to note is that World Mountain Running Championship Classic distance races are to be held on Friday 13th November and the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship races will be held on Saturday 14th November.
Most mountain runners would admit to being pretty competitive people. Whether itâ€™s racing or training, many thrive on having others to pit themselves against. And if your brother or sister is also a keen runner that adds a whole new dimension â€“ sibling rivalry! Brother and sister Jacob and Scout Adkin grew up in Scotland and soon discovered a love of the hills. Scout has regularly represented Scotland in mountain running and was the UKA Junior Mountain Running Champion. In 2019 she finished 8th in Trofeo Vanoni and 6th at the International Snowdon Race. Jacob, having also enjoyed success as a junior, won the European Mountain Running Championships in 2019 and finished 8th in the World Championships in the same year. Both Scout and Jacob will be targeting the WMRA World Cup this year. We spoke to them about their sporting backgrounds and how theyâ€™ve always encouraged each other.
He won gold in the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and his epic duel with Jim Walmsley in the 2019 race was one of the highlights of the event. But Francesco Puppi is just as happy to take on a vertical uphill race or a 5k on the road. We learn more about this incredibly versatile Italian athlete.
The World Mountain Running Association is proud to present its 22nd edition of the original and most prestigious mountain running circuit in the world, which now expands to 12 races held at 9 iconic venues spread across Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and the USA.
(Spanish language version of news article below this one)
WMRA MOUNTAIN RACES HISTORY: 1985-2020
WMRA created the first Mountain Running World Championship in the history of the sport, back in 1985 with the Vertical Mountain Race held at the Italian village of San Viglio di Marebbe over a 14k/D+1.080m route. Ever since, the WMRA World Champs have been the annual highlight for mountain runners with the 35th edition held last November at the iconic k42 Patagonia. Haria Extreme Lanzarote will host the 2020 edition on November 14-15.
As 2019 draws to a close we wanted to reminisce about some of the amazing racing weâ€™ve seen in the mountain running season. From a sensational World Cup series, to the 40th Smarna Gora race, to the World Championships in Argentina, what a year itâ€™s been.
It was a difficult job narrowing them down but weâ€™ve collected together the highlights of the year from the WMRA Council.
WMRA World Championships will celebrate its 36th edition, for the first time in Spain, at HarÃa Extreme Lanzarote on the 14-15 November 2020.
The countdown has started for Spain to host its first World Mountain Running Championships. Lanzarote will be the headquarters of the most important race throughout the year, and after the recent Championship held in Patagonia (Argentina), the WMRA Council has settled the dates for the event. The 14-15th of November the volcanic island of Lanzarote will welcome the different Federations who will compete for the World title, with the Real Federacion EspaÃ±ola de Atletismo (RFEA) as their host.
The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships enjoyed better weather than the classic distance the day before. The sun shone, but a nice cool Patagonian breeze stopped it from being too hot.
The menâ€™s and womenâ€™s fields started together from the centre of Villa La Angostura, with a road section, before heading north along a dirt track and into the forest. The first 2.5k were quite flat, but then it started to climb up through the forest, becoming steep in places. The runners had to endure a fairly high river crossing twice, which proved tricky for some.