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WMRA World Cup 2020 Announcement

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 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. 

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Highlights From the 2019 Mountain Running Season

As 2019 draws to a close we wanted to reminisce about some of the amazing racing we’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 it’s been.

It was a difficult job narrowing them down but we’ve collected together the highlights of the year from the WMRA Council.


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World Mountain Running Championships 2020 officially announced

WMRA World Championships will celebrate its 36th edition, for the first time in Spain, at HarĂ­a 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 Española de Atletismo (RFEA) as their host.

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Walmsley and Simion Crowned World Champions at the Long Distance

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 men’s and women’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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The USA Do the Double in the Classic Race at the World Mountain Running Championships

The first day of racing at Villa La Angostura saw the junior World Mountain Running Championships and the men’s and women’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.


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World Mountain Running Championships Officially Opened in Argentina

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.  

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