On Saturday, 8 July the best European mountain runners will test their strength in Kamnik/Slovenia. A record number of 240 runners from 27 countries will compete this prestigious competition with the finish on 1660m high Velika Planina.
There are 3 courses provided for four different age and gender related and categories.
Men will start in the valley and the course is 12,5km long with 1250m elevation gain.
Women and junior men will run the upper 8,5km of the menâ€™s course with 800m elevation gain and junior women will run the last 4,5 kilometres of the menâ€™s course with almost 400m elevation gain.
Wonderful day and spectacular competitions at the 12. edition of the WMRA International Youth Cup 2017 in Gagliano del Capo, Italy, on Saturday, June 24.
Italian runners dominated both races â€“ girls and boys â€“ winning globally four medals and exactly 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal.
In the medal table, second position for Turkey that won a total of 4 medals too: 1 golf, 1 silver and 2 bronzes. Third was Czech Rep with 2 silver medals.
Also England and Romania gained 1 bronze medal each.
So, five of the 16 nations present had their athletesâ€™ medallist!
In total, more than 100 runners coming from Bulgaria, Czech Rep, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovak, Turkey, USA, Wales and hosting Country Italy will take part to the 12. edition of the WMRA International Youth Cup 2017.
This yearâ€™s race will be held in Gagliano del Capo, Italy, on Saturday, June 24.
Gagliano del Capo is located in the Salento region situated in the southeast of Italy.
The Ciolo Canyon connects the small town of Gagliano del Capo to the sea.
The area is comprised of olive groves, natural landscape and a diverse ecology.
Views of the seascape are constant on the numerous pathways surrounding the town.
At Teteven (Bulgaria) was held the 9th edition of ABAF Mountain Running Championships on last Saturday, 10 June.
Six nations were present: Romania, Turkey, Serbia, FYR of Makedonia, Moldova and hosting country Bulgaria.
More than 60 runners competed in the four races.
Four nations had athletes on the podium; Turkey dominated medal table, but also Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia won medals.
In particular, Turkey took 5 gold, 2 silvers and 4 bronze, so in total 11 medals; Romania won 2 gold and 5 silver, that is 7 medals globally; Bulgaria kept 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, so it means that Bulgaria gained 5 medals in total and finally also Serbia gained 1 bronze medal.
This important event inside the International Mountain Running Calendar was very well organised by BAF, following a tradition very important in Bulgaria for this discipline of the athletics.
After his dominance in Arco and Bludenz, Eritrean runner Petro MAMU was the absolute favourite on the start line in Willer-sur-Thur.
Finally he did not disappoint at the third World Cup race in 2017. Ăą
When he crossed the finish line on the top of Vosgesâ€™s, the stop watch was showing just 2 seconds less than one hour.
After winning with 57:36 in 2014 on almost the same course the winning time is not impressive, but was enough for a clear win.
After 4km of the 13,2km long course with 1160m elevation gain that includes also 110 m of descent, he felt stronger than his closest opponents.
French Rancon was his closest opponent. Italian Baldacini looked tired after the race in Arco, where his motivation was on the highest level.
Since ten years, the French race of the MontĂ©e du Grand-Ballon is became one of the "classic" races of the WMRA mountain running World Cup: World Cup this year is at the 19 edition.
Next Sunday,11 June, it's another top race which will happen on the top of the Vosges for the third stages of the World Cup 2017 after Bolognano-Velo in Italy and the Muttersberg in Bludenz (Austria).
The Grand Ballon mountain race is organised this year by Jean-Alain Haan and its staff for the 37th edition.