2017councilbgandpw.jpgOn Sunday, February 5, 2017, the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) held its annual winter council meeting in Cap d’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.

2016wcsmarnagoramamuwinnerEritrean 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.

smarnagora 2012toprunnerThe 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.

2016bergentop3mwExcellent 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.

bergen2015finishOn next September the 25th, starts in Bergen/Chiemgau the 43. Hochfellnberglauf, this year the first time member of the 18th WMRA World Cup series.
The race was one of the founding members of the Mountain Running Grand Prix, which lately developed into the World Cup.

In 2000, the venue hosted on the same courses also the 16th World Mountain Running Championships.

w.ch.2016mayr323 athletes coming from 35 Nations from the continent in the world took part at the 32. WMRA World Mountain Running Championships 2016 in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria.
Top runners fought for&nbsp,eight medals and six Countries were very proud for having listened their national anthem following the victory!

Germany, Czech Rep., Austria and Italy took titles in the female section whilst Uganda and USA took - both - two gold medal each in the male competition.
Medal table showed ten Nations.
Uganda in top position with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, followed by U.S.A. with 2 gold and 1 bronze. Third was Italy that took five medals in total with 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. Czech Rep. was fourth with 1 gold and 2 silver. Fifth was Germany with 1 gold and 1 silver. Austria finished sixth with 1 gold. In&nbsp,the order: 7. Mexico with 1 silver and 1 bronze, 8. Frace with 2 bronze and 9. both Turkey and Great Britain and N.I. with 1 bronze each.

w.ch.2016geyzer.jpg The 32nd World Mountain Championships is taking place on September 11, 2016 in the beautiful city of Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria.
It is the only city that has organized National, Balkan (2008), European (2010) and now World Championships in Mountain Running.
“We are extremely proud and honoured to be hosting a prestigious international event of such evel - said Kalin Gelev, Mayor of Sapareva Banya Municipality - 25 years after the first mountain race held here, we have athletes from 35 countries coming from all the continents in the world, who are going to compete on the challenging slopes up Rila Mountain.”
The official opening ceremony of the Championships will take place on Saturday in the city centre by the famous Geyzer.
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria, Mr. Krasen Kralev will shoot the starting gun of one of the races the next day.

startmaster2016_m55_60.jpgThe 16th edition of World Masters Mountain Running Championships 2016 in Susa was a big success. 

We’d like to remember the important authorities that were in Susa for the closing ceremony. 
Together Bruno Gozzelino, WMRA President of WMRA, and Wolfgang Munzel and Nancy Hobbs, WMRA Council member, Stan Perkins, President of WMA (for the first time present at this kind of event), Brian Kaeveney, WMA Council member,  Maurizio Damilano, Olympic Champion Moscow 1980 and actually President of FIDAL Piemonte, Livio Berruti, Olympic Champion Roma 1960 and Honorary President of LOC, Adriano Aschieris, president of LOC and of Atletica Susa, Giovanni Maria Ferraris, Chairman of Sport Commission of Piemonte Regione, Alberto Bolaffi of Bolaffi SPA, main sponsor of the event, the mayors of Susa, Mompantero, Bussoleno and Venaus.
Three sunny days in the Valsusa Valley through the history: from the Roman Empire age until the II World War, from the Augusto’s Arch until the stone in memory of Battle of Grange Sevine between italian’s partisan, lead by Commander Aldo Laghi alias Giulio Bolaffi, and SS soldiers.  
The path of the World Masters Mountain Running Championships is very important for the traditions of mountain running discipline. 
Here a lot of world champions run and won in the past but also during this year competition with big honours. 
26 nations, 715 athletes, 200 volunteers, two paths one of 6,4km and the other about 11km with very important high difference (about 1400 metres maximum).


World Masters Mountain Running Championships Susa (Itay) 2016 are ready to start with great numbers: 700 athletes enrolled in the master race and in the open race, 27 countries including Italy.
Among the countries with the highest number of athletes, are Italy with 325 athletes, Great Britain, with 65 members, Germany (39) and Slovakia (33). Ireland (23), Czech Republic (22), Norway (14), Spain (13), France (9), Poland (9), Malta (6), Switzerland (6), USA (5), New Zeland (4), Austria (4), Serbia (3), Sweden (3), Netherlands (3), Australia (2), Slovenia (2), Portugal (1), Hungary (1), Denmark (1), Cuba (1), Belgium (1), Belarus (1), Mexico (1) will also be present.
The World Masters Mountain Running Championships, are hosted by Italy for the third time after the 2004 edition in Sauze d’Oulx (Turin) and the 2011 edition in Paluzza (Udine).
The ones of 2016 are the 16th edition of the event.

gp32016winners.jpgPetro Mamu (ERI) and Andrea Mayr (AUT) are the clear winners of the third stage of the World Mountain Running Cup 2016 in Telfes-Stubaitall-Austria.

After some nice sunny days in Stubai Valley it stared to rain right an hour before almost 200 runners from 11 countries gathered on the start line in Telfes. 
Light rain did not spoil the atmosphere; the runners don’t like hot sunny weather. 
Luckily it stopped raining just before the race started and only the wet, slippery ground remained. 
Runners enjoyed the 11,5 km long course with almost 1300m elevation gain. 
Only on the way back to the valley they found energy to admire all the beauties of this unique landscape.