Are you ready for Trofeo Vanoni, edition number 63? The predictions for the Italian Mountain Relay Running Championship (Absolute, Junior and Master) which will be run in Morbegno (SO) on Sunday 25th October are starting to be made. The last time the Vanoni Trophy was tricolour was in 2017. In this troubled season the Italian Athletics Federation, which has done everything possible to put together a piece of the calendar, has once again asked GS CSI Morbegno to host the Italian Championship.
The organisers of this year's WMRA International Under 18 Mountain Running Cup were hugely disappointed when they had to postpone the event to 2021. But, in this year which has had a lot of disappointment and uncertainty when it comes to races, there was still something exciting to look forward to - the Wansfell uphill-only race. 2.5k with 400m of ascent.
Chiavenna Lagunc is the most famous vertical uphill race in Italy and all over Europe. A true mountain running atmosphere requiring technical skills, due to the tricky, natural path (use of poles is banned).
On Friday afternoon, the first leg of the 'Smarna gora running weekend' was held on the slopes of 'the most visited mountain in Slovenia'. It was the so called 'Smarna gora RECORD' where the runners take the shortest way from the foothill to the summit. 1,85km, 360m to climb. Short, but steep and tough.
In a season where most athletes' race plans were obliterated, one group of athletes who were very affected were the under 20 mountain runners for whom it was their last year in that age group. The federal leaders of mountain running really wanted to give some more meaning to the season which saw the cancellation of the entire international youth program with Europeans, Youth Cups and World Cups postponed to 2021. Trofeo Nasego agreed to stage the International U20 Mountain Running Match.