WMRA announces international ranking system

DY4 6043The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), in concert with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has created a system to determine the world’s best mountain runners. This ranking system will be introduced in the 2018 season.

While the title of world champion will remain the greatest recognition for a mountain running athlete, the WMRA has decided to introduce this ranking system that recognizes more than just one performance, while at the same time creating a buzz in the sport which will last throughout the mountain running season. 

Jonathan Wyatt (NZL), WMRA president said, “"The idea for a world mountain running ranking was presented by Council member Giorgio Bianchi (ITA) who posed these questions to us, 'Who is the top mountain runner in the year?  Is it the winner of the World Championships? Is it the World Cup winner?'  He felt we could come up with a system to let our mountain running community see where they are placed in the World of Mountain Running at any given time.  The ranking will be rolling so will run for 12 months behind and includes as many mountain races as we can bring into it.  Runners can use this information to present to their sponsors, and to be the 'number 1 ranked mountain runner' will add a bit of kudos for them.  It will allow us to bring a bit of excitement on a weekly basis as we update the ranking based on what happened at the races in terms of results and how often runners compete.

“We hope this is the start of something that can grow and become a popular topic in our sport,” continued Wyatt. “We'll tweak and refine it based on what our athletes’ feedback tells us."

As described by Wyatt, the system will be a rolling ranking. Results will be compiled and updated on a regular basis on the WMRA website. The ranking will take into account the results achieved by athletes in international competitions and include world, continental, and national championship results as well as races that will be accredited as “international” by the WMRA committee in order to attribute the ranking scores. These rankings will enable race organizers, press, athletes, and fans of the sport to track top results more easily and follow the sport throughout the season. There is no fee to events participating in the  WMRA Ranking System. ContactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details, or to participate in the program.

Included in the ranking will be open men and open women, but will not include age-related categories.

The scale of the scores assigned varies according to the importance of the event, and is summarized in the following table: 

 

Classic World Championships,

Long Distance World Championships

Final ranking of the mountain running world cup

Mountain running world cup races

NACAC and European Mountain Running Champs

All other Area Mountain Running Champs

Mountain races in the Salomon Golden Trail series

National Mountain Running championships

Any other sanctioned mountain race

1st

100

30

50

50

30

30

20

20

2nd

70

25

40

40

25

25

17

17

3rd

50

20

30

30

20

20

14

14

4th

40

15

25

25

18

18

12

12

5th

35

10

20

20

16

16

10

10

6th

30

5

18

18

14

14

7

7

7th

25

4

16

16

12

12

5

5

8th

20

3

14

14

10

10

4

4

9th

15

2

12

12

8

8

3

3

10th

11

1

10

10

5

5

2

2

11th

10

 

8

         

12th

9

 

6

         

13th

8

 

4

         

14th

7

 

2

         

15th

6

 

1

         

16th

5

             

17th

4

             

18th

3

             

19th

2

             

20th

1