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.


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.

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)

weitzC hochfellnlauf17 09 7738The sixth race in the seven-race WMRA Mountain Running World Cup took place on Sunday, September 24, in the Bavarian mountains of Southern Germany where the Hochfelln Berglauf hosted its 44th edition. The competition didn’t disappoint at this historic race, nor did the excellent cakes at the finish area!


nacac top sixIn previewing the course for this year’s 14th NACAC Mountain Running Championships, it was clear the times would be fast. With a start and finish in downtown Golden, BC, Canada, five kilometers of the 10.5K course was on pavement, or crushed limestone pathways. Throwing in sections of grass and a 5-kilometer loop on rolling and single track, the elevation gain was less than 400 meters.


IMG 6578On Sunday, September 24, three nations will toe the line in Golden, BC, Canada for the 14th annual North American, Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships.

“Golden is both excited and honored to be hosting this championship. This year there are more than 500 runners coming to town for the three-day mountain running festival and the NACAC will be the highlight event on the final day of festivities,” said Golden Ultra race director Magi Scallion.


bergen 1On Sunday 24 September, the 44th edition of the Hochfellnberglauf takes place in the Bergen/Chiemgau region of Germany. It is the penultimate round of the World Cup of Mountain Running and every year the race welcomes a strong group of Mountain Running talent and this year is no exception with World Cup points on the line.

amey1106The 25th Jungfrau Marathon was held on September 9. Interlaken, Switzerland, is the venue for this well-known mountain race, which lies in the Bernese Oberland region. The promotion  logo of the race refers to, “the World's most beautiful Marathon course,” which might be true.


IMG 6233At today’s 17th WMRA/WMA Masters Mountain Running Championships in Pruske, Slovak Republic, 12 different national anthems were played during the awards ceremony. The most played was that of Italy totaling 10 times, followed by Great Britain, Slovakia, and Germany four times each.


FullSizeRenderThe 17th WMRA/WMA Masters Mountain Running Championships will be held on September 2, in the Ilava district of Slovakia at the foot of the Biele Karpaty Mountains. Expected on the start line are more than 500 runners representing 22 countries.

WMRA president Jonathan Wyatt says,"The Masters Champs is something quite unique in our sport in that once per year each age category of runners competes for equal recognition. It's always a fantastic celebration of the healthy benefits of Mountain Running and I know that Slovakia will be a great host for the 2017 edition.”