The 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.
Premana (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.
The 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.
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 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.