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Important WMRA Council meeting held at Monte Carlo - 10 January 2016 Print
2016_wmracouncil.jpgThe meeting of the WMRA Council was held at the Hotel Marriott in Cap d’Ail-Monaco on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
Following opening words and a short welcome from WMRA President Bruno Gozzelino, business got underway. 
In attendance for the WMRA, Secretary Pierre Weiss (FRA), Treasurer Nancy Hobbs (USA), Tomo Sarf (SLO), Wolfgang Munzel (GER), Andrzej Puchacz (POL) and Galia Puhaleva (BUL).
Paul Hardy represented the IAAF and Carlos Cardoso attended in his role as IAAF Cross Country Committee Chairperson.

Apologies were received from Erhan Basoglu for his absence.
(There was a separate meeting for financial matters with Weiss, Munzel, Gozzelino, and Hobbs, as well as a review of working regulations by Weiss and Sarf, on Friday, January 8, at the IAAF offices. The outcome of these meetings is included in this recap.)
For the IAAF, Paul Hardy provided an update stating at the outset, “The IAAF ship is not sinking, but  we are in very rough waters.” One of the key items to share was the suspension of the Russian Federation and its athletes (a list of some 4,000 viewable on the IAAF website), which will affect upcoming WMRA championship events as long as the suspension remains in place. WMRA Council was in full agreement to support the IAAF decision regarding this ban and will implement it at the international WMRA mountain running events.
Newly elected IAAF President Sebastian Coe has brought in an expert to evaluate the current administration and the IAAF is undertaking a review of the governance structure. There shouldn’t be a marked change, but perhaps some restructuring of staff along with the appointment of a CEO most likely in the spring.
Carlos Cardoso is not new to the WMRA as he was involved for a decade as a liaison to the WMRA starting in 1989. His return to the WMRA family was enthusiastically welcomed by the council.

Uphill course to be featured at 11th World Youth Cup 2016 - 31 December 2015 Print

2016yicjaskelazneview.jpgFriday-Sunday, 12-13 November 2015 – Janske Lazne-Czech Republic –
Andrzej Puchacz, WMRA delegate, visited the venue of the World Youth Mountain Running Cup, that will be held on Saturday, 25 June 2016.

All organisational aspects of the event were discussed with the key personnel of the LOC along with a representative of the Czech Athletic Federation.


18. Mountain Running World Cup series scheduled by WMRA Council. - 25 December 2015 Print
2015wcupwinners.jpg The WMRA Council has confirmed the six-race World Cup 2016 calendar (see section Calendar 2016) .
The circuit represents five different host countries and offers a combination of old and new races, although the newcomers -- Telfes and Bergen -- are actually not new as both were part of the inaugural  WMRA Grand Prix series in 1999, as well as founding members of the “Berglauf Grand Prix” in 1997.

Site visit by WMRA Delegate at the venue of WLDMRC 2016. - 24 December 2015 Print
2016_visit_ldmrch.jpgSunday, 20 December - Podbrdo-Slovenia.
Wolfgang Munzel, WMRA delegate, visited the venue of the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, that will be held on Saturday, 18 June 2016.

Together with the LOC's key leaders, Mr. Munzel visited the village center where most of the activities will be organized (welcome office, race office, technical meeting, start and finish area).
Thanks to the almost summer-like weather, the group was able to access sections of the course typically snow-covered at this time of year.

WMRA is working for 18. Mountain Running World Cup Calendar 2016. - 17 November 2015 Print

95wcup.jpgWMRA has fixed the Mountain Running World Cup 2016 Regulations and the Application Form (see on this webpage section "Documents" and then "Mountain Running World Cup").  
Potential organizers are invited to send us their fully signed Application Form no later than 15 December 2015. 
Decision about the final World Cup Calendar will be taken by WMRA Council on 9th January 2016 or, if possibile, also before this time.




Musobo and Tunstall win Final WMRA World Cup Race 2015, Britain wins both World Cup titles. - 04 October 2015 Print
2015wcfinalsarah.jpgAfter receiving entries of the current World Champion, several outstanding athletes, as well as three top Eritrean runners (who did not run at the World Championships due to prohibitive costs for the Eritrean Athletic Federation), the LOC for the 36th Smarna Gora Race – the final race in the WMRA World Cup – expected intense competition for podium spots and they were afraid they would lose lots of money in payouts to athletes since the race rules designated 10€/second for improving the course record and also bonuses other finishers  if they were faster than the old course record.
In the final registrations, the Eritrean runners were unable to get visas to travel to Europe, and the LOC fear became a moot point. Coupled with the sudden downpour just two hours before the race – after clear skies and no rain for ten days prior – the previously dry course became soggy and slippery and ideal conditions were no longer present.

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