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World Cup 2021 Announcement

The USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria.  These are the locations that will be staging the 2021 World Cup.   It is really pleasing to be able to present today the 2021 World Cup Calendar!   

 What is especially pleasing is the level of interest and positivity from our races and athletes about the possibilities of racing next year.  We know and expect the challenges of Covid-19 to be with us during 2021 and with new measures of safety and adapting to travel restrictions the WMRA is ready to work with the races in order to run the series and have exciting opportunities for our Mountain Running athletes to race each other on some exciting courses in spectacular locations.  Being adaptable and working together has been the concept for next year’s event as well as an earlier launch to allow for best planning possible.   It has been a pleasure seeing how all of our race applicants are committed to the sport.

We are also very excited to see such great support from long time World Cup supporters as well as new races wanting to join us on our World Cup journey.  WMRA have decided to continue the format of offering 3 race categories with category champions as well as overall World Cup champions that was proposed in 2020.

We have 12 event locations in 8 countries with 16 races across the 3 categories.  There are 3 Vertical Up races, 7 Classic Mountain races and 6 Long mountain races that offer an incredible variety of terrain and landscapes. 

The World Cup points rules have been modified to take account of the number of races we are offering.

We have a great mix of iconic, new (to the World Cup) as well as very experienced race events in the 2021 edition of the World Cup that the Mountain Running Community can enjoy and share. 

Two iconic mountain races at Sierre-Zinal (Switzerland) and Grossglockner (Austria) come back in 2021. 

There are races that join the World Cup for the first time.  Here we have under the shadow of Mt Blanc in the French Alps La Monte'e du Nid d'Aigle join us. We welcome three new events for the World Cup in the eastern area of Europe where we have two of these in the Tatra Mountains of Poland (Tatra Sky Marathon and Tatra Race Run) and then the experienced Mountain event organisers at the Krkonosky half marathon in the Czech Republic.  Italy has more competitions than ever before with Lagunc in Chiavenna who will host the final race of the year in October, we visit southern italy with the Trofeo Ciolo.  Nasego with many years of mountain running experience hosts two races.  The World Cup will travel to Spain for the first time in 2021 with two venues and four races. One in the Basque region (Zumaia-Gipuzkoa) where the passion for sport is always very strong and then Canfranc that is in the beautiful Pyrenean mountains.  So it's an exciting line-up kicking off on June 20th and running through until October 10th!

The races are all open for every runner to participate and join in the World Cup competition.  The more races you run, the more points you will get towards a higher World Mountain Ranking!  WMRA would like to wish all people involved the best of health in these difficult times.

Summary 2021 World Cup key facts:

8 Countries

12 Event locations

16 Races in 3 categories

10,000+ participants

Venue no  Race no Date Race name Venue Country  Distance Up Down Event
 1 1  Sunday 20 June   Broken Arrow Skyrace  Squaw Valley USA 26km 1700m 1700m Long Mountain
  2  Friday 18 June   Broken Arrow  Squaw Valley USA 5.1km 900m  0 Short Uphill
 2 3  Saturday 26 June Tatra Race Run Tatra Mountains POL 24.2km 2019m 2019m  Long Mountain
 3 4  Sunday 11 July 22nd Grossglockner Berglauf Heiligenblut AUT 13.4km 1265m 142m Classic Mountain
 4 5  Saturday 17 July La Montee du Nid d'Aigle St Gervais FRA 19.5km 2000m 100m Classic Mountain
 5 6  Saturday 24 July Tatra SkyMarathon Koscielisko POL 42km 3300m 3300m Long Mountain
 6 7  Saturday 7 August Sierre-Zinal Sierre-Zinal SUI 31km 2200m 1100m Long Mountain
 7 8  Sunday 15 August Krkonosky Half Marathon Jasnke Lazne CZE 21km 1200m 1220m Classic Mountain
 8 9  Saturday 4 September 6th Vertical Nasego Nasego ITA 4.2km 1000m 0 Short Uphill
  10  Sunday 5 September 20th Trofeo Nasego Nasego ITA 21.5km 1336m 1039m Classic Mountain
 9 11  Saturday 11 September Canfranc-Canfranc Canfranc-Estacion ESP 45km 3910m 3910m Long Mountain
  12  Sunday 12 September Canfranc-Canfranc Canfranc-Estacion ESP 16km 1195m 1195m Classic Mountain
 10 13  Sunday 26 September Trofeo Ciolo  Gagliano del Capo ITA 11km 496m 374m Classic Mountain
 11 14  Sunday 3 October 12th Zumaia Flysch Trail Mendi Maratoina  Zumaia-Gipuzkoa ESP 42.5km 3000m 3000m Long Mountain
  15  Sunday 3 October 12th Zumaia Flysch Trail Mendi Maratoina Zumaia-Gipuzkoa ESP 22km 850m 850m Classic Mountain
 12 16  Sunday 10 October 22nd Kilometro Verticale Chiavenna-Lagunc Chiavenna ITA 3.2k 1000m  0  Short Uphill