The fifth race of seven World Cup Mountain Races took place on the weekend with the 'The Stellina Partisan Memorial' that was held in the beautiful Val di Susa of the Piemonte region of Northern Italy.  It was the 29th edition of this legendary race that has been at the heart of European Mountain Running since it first started.

alice1 It's "Stellinarace" time. On August 27, the fifth race in the 2017 WMRA World Cup takes place in Piedmont, in Susa (Turin) with the 29th Stellina Partisans's Memorial. After four World Cup races, the leader on the men’s side is Petro Mamu, (ERI), while Alice Gaggi (ITA) (pictured above) leads the women’s results.

IMG 4878During the WMRA Congress meeting in Premana, Italy, on July 29, 2017, Jonathan Wyatt was elected as the fourth president of the WMRA. Wyatt, who not only had a successful mountain running career, winning the World Mountain Running Championships six times between 1998 and 2008, as well as multiple mountain races including Jungfrau Marathon, also represented New Zealand in the Olympic Games finishing 21st at the Marathon in 2004. His interest in sport extends well beyond competition, and he is looking forward to serving in a leadership role with the WMRA.

Says Wyatt, “When I was first racing in the mountains, the president of the WMRA was Danny Hughes. I was interested in helping grow the sport back then, and my commitment to the sport has never wavered.  I think I understand the sport, as well as the challenges of all off- road categories within athletics each of which is realizing substantial growth. There are now many more and different disciplines in the sport and Mountain Running needs to have a voice and a strong presence in this new era of trail, ultra trail, sky and mountain running.”

FullSizeRender 2Of the four gold medals awarded at today’s 14th World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy, the host country earned three along with one silver medal. The lone gold medal not awarded to Italy was earned by Giir di Mont course record holder Petro Mamu (ERI), who repeated his winning ways on the legendary 32-kilometer course finishing in a time of 3:12:52.

IMG 2136In an effort to highlight our sport in a unique way, this year Italy hosts the World Mountain Running Championships on back-to-back weekends. The first championship was held on July 30, over the traditional shorter distances of 6.5 kilometers for juniors and 13 kilometers for seniors. On August 6, the longer of the two championships will be held, and the competition is sure to be equally as exciting as that of last weekend.

wch17bThe streets of Premana, Italy were abuzz this past weekend for the 33rd World Mountain Running Championships. Know for its cutlery factories, it was ironic that the athletes representing nearly 40 countries were also sharpening their skills and techniques as they prepared for the rugged terrain they would experience in this championship event during the few days leading up to the competition.

W. Ch. 2017 logoPremana (LC) will host the 2017 World Mountain Running Championships and for the first time the title of Mountain Running Classic and Long Distance will be awarded at the same venue and within the space of one week away. 
The scenario is ready for a true mountain running event: at the 33th WMRA World Mountain Running Championships 2017 will participate 35 accredited nations with about 320 runners from the all the Continents in the world, including some of the most legendary names in the recent history of the discipline. 
Premana represents an important part of Italy's history in this sport.
The Local Sports Club, AS Premana, celebrates this year's 70th anniversary of foundation and the 25th of the Giir of Mont, the legendary race on the local mountain pastures that passionate fans and athletes.
The small village of Premana, on the Val Varrone Alps in Lecco, is ready to become the theater of the World Mountain Running Championship up-down (July 29th and 30th) and the Long-Distance World Mountain Running Championship (August 5th and 6th). 
An unrepeatable opportunity to celebrate the Giir of Mont, the historic competition supported by the municipality of Premana and the Lombardy Region, who for this special occasion also returns to the classic mountain race, at a distance of more than 20 years since Premana organized epic tests of the FIDAL Italian championship.

2017EAChwinnermenThe EAA Mountain Running Championships 2017 was very well organised and all the races were exciting competitions.
Nine Nations had their athletes on the podium.
In the medal table, Italy took first place with 7 medals totally (2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes) and Great Britain and Northern Ireland was second winning 3 medals (2 golds and 1 silver).
Other four Nations gained one gold medal each: in order third was Romania with 3 medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze); fourth France with 2 medals (1 gold and 1 bronze); and fifth together Germany and Switzerland  with 1 gold each. Seventh in the medal table was Turkey with 3 medals (2 silvers and 1 bronze) followed by Portugal (eighth) with 2 medals (1 silver and 1 bronze) and Austria (ninth) with 2 bronze medals.


logo EAA 2017On 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 men’s course with 800m elevation gain and junior women will run the last 4,5 kilometres of the men’s course with almost 400m elevation gain.

YIC2017locWonderful 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 – girls and boys – 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 athletes’ medallist!