On Sunday morning, May 28, Bolognano-Velo will open the World Cup WMRA season with an uphill race that is part of the tradition of one of the most historic races in the Italian landscape.
The men's race, the longest competition, will be of 11.1km with a 1272m difference of overall altitude, the same that divides Bolognano a quarter of the city of Arco, Garda Trentino, home to the 2016 European Championships, from the quarter Sant'Antonio, at 1260 m at the foot of the Mount Stivo.
After the end of more than 20 years of my activity inside WMRA, before as Secretary (12 years) and then as President (8 years), I am very happy that thanks to the collaboration of many people starting from WMRA Councillors and the leaders of many athletics federations in the world, the mountain race has made great strides by becoming a well-known and well-trained athletics discipline.
World Championships Senior, Junior and Master, International Youth Cup plus World Cup Circuit and many Area or Zone Championships are yearly events very important.
My personal fear is that in the future the mountain race will lose its identity and its features and be confused with other activities: I hope really that this will not happen!!!
Important is the correct information about mountain running for the future but it is also necessary to save the history of mountain running, starting from the results of the past events.
These goals are possible through a good webpage. These are the reasons why during 2017, before election to renovate the WMRA Council that will be held at the end of July, a new webpage was prepared and acted.
On Sunday, February 5, 2017, the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) held its annual winter council meeting in Cap dâ€™Ail-Monaco, with seven of its eight council members present (Erhan Basoglu, was not in attendance).
For IAAF attended at the whole meeting Alessio Punzi (member of the staff of IAAF Competition Department) and Carlos Cardoso (IAAF Chairman of Cross Country Committee). For the first part of the meeting also Paul Hardy, IAAF Competition Director, was present.
In his eighth and final year as President of the WMRA, Bruno Gozzelino (ITA), who has worked closely with Secretary Pierre Weiss (FRA) for the past two years to lead the Council, conducted his second to last council meeting. Elections will be held July 29, in Premana, Italy, during the WMRA Congress meeting in advance of the 33rd World Mountain Running Championships the following day.
Eritrean Petro Mamu and Andrea Mayr of Austria produced convincing victories at the 37th Smarna Gora Mountain Running race, the last stop on the 2016 WMRA World Cup circuit, in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Saturday.
They win also 18th edition of the WMRA World Cup 2016.
Nearly 200 runners from 11 countries took part in the event on Smarna Gora, one of Slovenia's most popular mountains among hikers, runners and walkers, which sits on Ljubljana's northern outskirts.
WMRA Council member Tomo Sarf attended to the event.
The International Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race remains one of the highlights of the mountain running season, and its rich tradition will continue on Saturday, October 1, with its 37th edition as the final Mountain Running World Cup 2016 race.
In the fall season of 1979, running enthusiasts from Ljubljana &ndash, Slovenia&rsquo,s capital &ndash, decided to organize a race to the top of one of the most popular mountains in Slovenia at Smarna Gora.
Nobody envisioned that it would become such a massive event with worldwide popularity.
The mountain running champions of the world will again be crowned this Saturday at this magnificent mountain peak.
Excellent organization, ideal weather conditions and many strong international runners were the three most important characteristics of the 5th stage of the 2016 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup.
The sun just started to warm the cold clear fall morning, when a shot from real historical cannon gave the sign for 40 female and 205 male runners coming from record 20 countries to start the race on the 8,9km long course with 1075m elevation gain.