The World Mountain Running Association is proud to present its 22nd edition of the original and most prestigious mountain running circuit in the world, which now expands to 12 races held at 9 iconic venues spread across Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and the USA.
(Spanish language version of news article below this one)
WMRA MOUNTAIN RACES HISTORY: 1985-2020
WMRA created the first Mountain Running World Championship in the history of the sport, back in 1985 with the Vertical Mountain Race held at the Italian village of San Viglio di Marebbe over a 14k/D+1.080m route. Ever since, the WMRA World Champs have been the annual highlight for mountain runners with the 35th edition held last November at the iconic k42 Patagonia. Haria Extreme Lanzarote will host the 2020 edition on November 14-15.
As 2019 draws to a close we wanted to reminisce about some of the amazing racing weâ€™ve seen in the mountain running season. From a sensational World Cup series, to the 40th Smarna Gora race, to the World Championships in Argentina, what a year itâ€™s been.
It was a difficult job narrowing them down but weâ€™ve collected together the highlights of the year from the WMRA Council.
WMRA World Championships will celebrate its 36th edition, for the first time in Spain, at HarĂa Extreme Lanzarote on the 14-15 November 2020.
The countdown has started for Spain to host its first World Mountain Running Championships. Lanzarote will be the headquarters of the most important race throughout the year, and after the recent Championship held in Patagonia (Argentina), the WMRA Council has settled the dates for the event. The 14-15th of November the volcanic island of Lanzarote will welcome the different Federations who will compete for the World title, with the Real Federacion EspaĂ±ola de Atletismo (RFEA) as their host.
The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships enjoyed better weather than the classic distance the day before. The sun shone, but a nice cool Patagonian breeze stopped it from being too hot.
The menâ€™s and womenâ€™s fields started together from the centre of Villa La Angostura, with a road section, before heading north along a dirt track and into the forest. The first 2.5k were quite flat, but then it started to climb up through the forest, becoming steep in places. The runners had to endure a fairly high river crossing twice, which proved tricky for some.
The first day of racing at Villa La Angostura saw the junior World Mountain Running Championships and the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s senior World Championships over the classic distance. It also saw heavy rain and windy conditions, which had an impact on the races.
The courses were around 7k for the juniors, which had a slight change due to the bad weather, and 14k for the seniors. Both included river crossings, which were quite high due to the rain. Both were up and down courses, concluding with fast descents.
The 35th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships and 16th edition of the Long Distance Championships were opened together in Villa La Angostura in Argentina today. The races take place on friday morning local time in Argentina in the beautiful Patagonia region. Follow the action live on WMRA social channels.
The World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships are being held together at Villa La Angostura on 15th and 16th November. The best mountain runners in the world, juniors and seniors, will take on the stunning courses in Patagonia. 450 runners are expected from 42 countries.
On Friday 16th the junior men will set off at 9.45am and the junior women at 10.15am. They will race over a route of 6.6k with 393 metres of ascent. Then at 11.45am the senior menâ€™s race will start, and the womenâ€™s at 12.15pm. The seniors course is up and down this year, on a 14k course with 754 metres of ascent.
HarĂa (Spain) on the island of Lanzarote will host the Senior Long Distance (42km), and World Mountain Running Championships for Senior and U20 Junior runners in 2020 with the exact date to be confirmed but likely to be end of October / mid November. The World Mountain Running Association has been a global pioneer for off-road running all over the world, with the first global event held back in 1985 and it has run continuously ever since. This year the 35th World Champs are to be held in 2 weeks time at the iconic K42 event at Villa la Angostura in Patagonia, Argentina, bringing together 42 nations and 450 elite athletes striving for the individual and team titles in Long Distance (42k) Classic (12k) and Junior (6k) events.