News On The World Mountain Running Championships 2020
Here's a statement from Haria Extreme Lanzarote, hosts for this November's World Mountain Running Championships:
"In an especially tough year, focusing on our passion and staying positive is something that helps us to maintain our mood, our mental health and our physical health. 2020 has not started as expected, but we want to end it in a very special way with an amazing World Mountain Running Championship.
This is why we are working hard and full of hope, keeping in mind that we have a spectacular objective for November. Trusting that the health situation is normalized by then, the 36th World Mountain Running Championships – Haría -Lanzarote - Spain - on November 13th and 14th 2020 will become a powerful race for the season ending and most likely the only off-road world championship in the year.
This event will land for the first time in Spain, and it will be held in the wonderful town of Haría, located in the north of Lanzarote, a volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean. The organization has stayed on track to offer an unforgettable event and has already confirmed with the WMRA some of the most relevant matters for the World Championships: courses, logistics, ceremonies, the closure party... Everything is getting ready for this unique event for the island.
The distances and routes offered for Haría – Lanzarote – Spain, Nov. 2020 will be exactly the same for the Mountain Running World Championships and for the Open race after adjusting them for 2020. On the morning of Friday, November 13th, the classic race of the World Championships will be held, a race with a predominantly uphill course that will be divided into two distances: 5 kilometers for juniors and 12 kilometers for seniors.
The 5 kilometer event will host the World Championship junior category and will have an Open event called HXL 5. The race will start from the town of Haría and has the finish line at Peñas del Chache.
Alongside this, the 12 kilometer race will host the Classic World Mountain Running Championship and in its Open modality it will give any participant the opportunity to run the same course, with the start in Caleta de Famara and the finish line in Peñas del Chache.
For Saturday, November 14th, one of the greatest highlights of the year will be with the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship, which will use the traditional route of the Haría Extreme Lanzarote Marathon with the lava climbing on the way to Guinate as an iconic image of the race.
This special event which will have a big party for an unforgettable ending and which will give the chance to the athletes and delegations to discover the unique island of Lanzarote."
From the WMRA side we can see that the organisation team are on schedule where the local Covid-19 pandemic situation for them fortunately has only very lightly touched their area. They have been able to contain it so far allowing the work to continue on organising the events. WMRA will of course keep abreast of any restrictions that may still affect travel or the hosting of the championships over these coming weeks and months.
Find more information about the 2020 World Championship courses and schedule HERE.