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.
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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.
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.
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