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.
The first day of racing at Villa La Angostura saw the junior World Mountain Running Championships and the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s senior World Championships over the classic distance. It also saw heavy rain and windy conditions, which had an impact on the races.
The courses were around 7k for the juniors, which had a slight change due to the bad weather, and 14k for the seniors. Both included river crossings, which were quite high due to the rain. Both were up and down courses, concluding with fast descents.
The 35th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships and 16th edition of the Long Distance Championships were opened together in Villa La Angostura in Argentina today. The races take place on friday morning local time in Argentina in the beautiful Patagonia region. Follow the action live on WMRA social channels.
The World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships are being held together at Villa La Angostura on 15th and 16th November. The best mountain runners in the world, juniors and seniors, will take on the stunning courses in Patagonia. 450 runners are expected from 42 countries.
On Friday 16th the junior men will set off at 9.45am and the junior women at 10.15am. They will race over a route of 6.6k with 393 metres of ascent. Then at 11.45am the senior menâ€™s race will start, and the womenâ€™s at 12.15pm. The seniors course is up and down this year, on a 14k course with 754 metres of ascent.