300m to goOrganizers of the 18th WMA/WMRA World Masters Mountain Running Championships, to be held on Saturday, June 2, in Zelezniki, Slovenia, have extended the discounted early registration until April 7, 2018.  CLICK HERE to register.

The 2018 World Mountain Running Championships will move one day from the originally scheduled date of Saturday, September 15, to Sunday, September 16.

The reason for the change is the 73rd Vuelta a España 2018 (Tour de Spain), which announced its route and schedule earlier this month. The Tour is scheduled August 25 to September 16, with several stages impacting Andorra.  Stage 19 in the 21-stage Tour, will be held on Friday, September 14 with a 157-kilometer route from Lleida to 2015-meter summit Naturlandia (Andorra), followed by Stage 20 on Saturday, September 15, 1 105.8-kilometer route from Escaldes-Engordany - Coll de la Gallina (Andorra). The Tour wraps up in Madrid on September 16.

masters mudDuring the recent WMRA Council meeting in Monaco, regulations for the WMRA/WMA Masters World Mountain Running Championships were discussed and some new policies are now in place.  These changes relate to team scoring and course distance.

IMG 8110Just a few days post meeting, Jonathan Wyatt (NZL), president of the WMRA, said, “It was great being a part of what was my first annual WMRA Council Meeting.  We took the chance of being near the IAAF offices to discuss mountain running with them during that weekend and it's exciting to be able to share their co-operation, as well as the ideas WMRA has to help us grow.  It's also great to have so much energy in our Council for Mountain Running and while we are all volunteers, every one of our Council members shares a passion for Mountain Running that makes the time spent worthwhile.

“I apologise for the delay in presenting all aspects of projects in 2018, but we want to make some innovations and it does take a lot of behind the scenes discussions and work to bring partnerships together,” continued Wyatt.  “You can be sure we are working to deliver a Mountain Running product to a wider audience and share the rich history that is a cornerstone of our sport.  It's exciting times, and while we can't do as much as we like given the budgets we work to, we'll try to bring more opportunities to Mountain Running going forward.”

IMG 8127New initiatives on tap for the World Mountain Running Association in 2018: Wyatt leads Council with action-oriented style

Newly minted World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) president Jonathan Wyatt (New Zealand), led the seven-member council in its first meeting of the new year on January 13-14, in Monaco, home of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The location of the meeting cements the positive relationship mountain running has with the world governing body for athletics. IAAF liaison to the council, Alessio Punzi, said in his address to the council, “We feel there should be more proximity between IAAF and mountain running. These events are great. They look great on TV. They are fun to watch, fun to participate in.”


Masters MR WCh SLO Contract 18nov17On November 18, the contract for the 18th annual World Masters Mountain Running Championships was signed between the WMRA, Slovenian athletic federation and the LOC.  The event for athletes ages 35 to 79, will be held in Zelezniki , Slovenia on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

WP 20171014 13 24 47 ProWith the contract for the WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Championships signed, WMRA Delegate Wolfgang Münzel met members of the local organizing committee in Karpacz to make preparations for the upcoming championships. Together with Andy Puchacz (WMRA Council Member) and Joanna Grygier (Race Director) Münzel inspected and confirmed the race course.


1km to goIn October, WMRA delegate Wolfgang Münzel traveled to Zelezniki, Slovenia, for a site visit to the venue for the 2018 World Masters Championships. Together with Brane Cencic, who will serve as the race director, and WMRA Secretary Tomo Sarf, Münzel checked the course as well as other logistics including the opening ceremony location, and athlete lodging options.

This past weekend, WMRA Secretary Tomo Sarf visited Andorra to meet with the Local Organizing Committee and the Andorra Federation to review the proposed course for the 2018 World Mountain Running Championships and to sign the contract. With these details in place, planning is well underway to celebrate the 34th running of the championships on September 15, 2018 in Canillo, Andorra.