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Save the date: June 2, 2018 - 18th WMRA/WMA Master World Mountain Running Championships

 

1km to goIn October, WMRA delegate Wolfgang MĂĽnzel traveled to Zelezniki, Slovenia, for a site visit to the venue for the 2018 World Masters Championships. Together with Brane Cencic, who will serve as the race director, and WMRA Secretary Tomo Sarf, MĂĽnzel checked the course as well as other logistics including the opening ceremony location, and athlete lodging options.

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Contract signed for 2018 World Mountain Running Championships

This past weekend, WMRA Secretary Tomo Sarf visited Andorra to meet with the Local Organizing Committee and the Andorra Federation to review the proposed course for the 2018 World Mountain Running Championships and to sign the contract. With these details in place, planning is well underway to celebrate the 34th running of the championships on September 15, 2018 in Canillo, Andorra.

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Newcomer Bugge and Veteran Mayr victorious at Smarna Gora

DSC 4224What an amazing finale to the World Cup of Mountain Running season!  The last race of the seven-event series was held on the Smarna Gora Mountain close to Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana, on Saturday, October 7.  The traditional autumn fog shrouded the start line and the forest trails were wet and slippery guaranteeing that the most-confident and best technical runners would excel.  Conversely, the finish at the mountain’s summit was above the clouds in bright sunshine flanked by a medieval castle and a good crowd was on hand to cheer the near-record number of race participants.

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Smarna Gora to host final World Cup race October 7

 

The crisp fall air and leaves changing to gold signals the time for the final World Cup race for Mountain Running at the Smarna Gora. 02 Teklay ALES1240The race is held just a few kilometres from Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, and winds through fast and beautiful forest trails with a finish inside a castle at the summit!  The race has a long history where it was first held in 1979 and the course now covers 10km around and up to two summit peaks.  Steep ascents along with technical descents mean that this is a solid test of all-around mountain running ability and this years lineup taking on the challenge is one of the strongest in the race's history.

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Positive drug test changes World Championships results

It is with much disappointment from the WMRA that on Wednesday 27 September the IAAF announced that Petro Mamu (ERI) tested positive at the doping control in Premana after both the World Mountain Running Championships and the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. (IAAF Doping sanctions info No. 186)

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