It was billed as a star-studded race and Trofeo Vanoni 2019 didn't disappoint!
The 36th women's Vanoni race had 112 starters, including the 2019 World Cup winner, Sarah McCormack, and 2017 and 2018 World Cup champion, Lucy Murigi. After the gun went off the runners climbed up through the crowds to Priula. Murigi immediately went into the lead, with McCormack and Elise Poncet hot on her heels.
It's been announced that Lucy Murigi will run at Vanoni for the first time in this year of the 'super edition'. The organizers, CSI Morbegno, after already securing the Italian Mountain Running Team, the podium from the Italian Relay Championship and the female winner of the World Cup, have announced that Lucy Murigi will also be lining up.
Murigi was the 2017 and 2018 World Champion, winner of Sierre-Zinal in the same years, as well as this year's winner at Smarna Gora. With a line-up including 2019 World Cup winner Sarah McCormack and Lucy Murigi the women's record could well be under threat. The 36th Vanoni women's race starts on Sunday 27 October 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
The line-ups for all the races are exceptional this year and you couldn't bet against any of the records falling. Giovanni Ruffoni from the LOC says "You are all invited to Morbegno. This year we really made the bang. For the "normal" athletes the opportunity to compete side by side with the top runners, for fans the joy of supporting and see live the best specialists in the world."
USAâ€™s Andy Wacker and Dani Moreno take individual titles
The NACAC Mountain Running Championships were held on Sunday, October 20, at a countryside venue located just 30 minutes from Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico. On race day, the Cerro Gordo mountain added the additional challenge of mud and slick rocks to the competition.
Andy Wacker, Boulder, CO, and Dani Moreno, Santa Barbara, CA, earned championships titles with Moreno leading the US women to a gold medal and Wacker leading the men to silver.
Trofeo Vanoni, the epic mountain race, is taking place as always on the last Sunday of October, the 27th. This will be the 62nd edition of the race, a fact which shows the deep history of this race, and another page of that history is about to be written.
Immortalized by the sports journalist Maurizio Torri as the "World Championship of Dead Leaves" due to its colourful autumnal timing the race has a hall of fame that reads like a â€˜Whoâ€™s Whoâ€™ of mountain running for the last half a century. The GS CSI Morbegno this year is working hard to stage a sporting event of international scope to live up to reputation.
The two Africans were victorious in Ljubljana, Slovenia today at the 2019 World Cup Final held on the Smarna Gora Mountain - today in its 40th edition. But the ultimate biggest smiles were on the faces of Andy Douglas and Sarah McCormack, bringing to a close their campaigns to win the World Cup. Itâ€™s the day of their World triumph and is a reward for a full season of strong and consistent running. Douglas from Scotland and the Irish woman Sarah McCormack got to raise the 2019 Mountain Running World Cup represented by the crystal trophies today.
St. Maryâ€™s Hill overlooking the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana plays host once again to the final round (#7) of the World Cup of Mountain Running. Everything is ready for the Smarna Gora Race celebrating its 40 year anniversary. Once again it will be this great classic of the Slovenian mountain running scene that defines the final World Cup ranking.