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Information about activities in preparation of next 2011 mountain running season. - 24 October 2010 Print
belg_pol.jpgAfter the end of 12. WMRA Grand Prix, 2010 mountain running's year is coming to finish with next 2. African Mountain Running Championships that will be run on next 27 November in Nigeria, linked to 6. Obudu International Mountain race, the richest race in the world, taking in consideration the amount of prize money.

But it is also time for preparing next 2011 season.

During last Athletic European Convention on Saturday 16 October 2010, Philippe Llamblin, as Chairman of EA Mountain Running Commission, and Bruno Gozzelino, as member of the same Commission, conducted a presentation by the situation of mountain running in front of all the Officials (President and/or Secretary and/or General Director and/or National Coaches) of all the National Athletic Federations of the 50 European Nations present in Belgrade.

It was an important moment because the slides of this presentation - very well prepared by Ede Rutkovszky, EA Staff and Secretary of the Commission - were seen with great interest by all the present and comments were very positive: as result of the work inside the European National Athletic Federations, many Countries is staged at the National Mountain Running Championships in 2011.

WMRA thanks so much EA and specially its President, HansJorg Wirz, and all EA Council for this opportunity.
During EA Convention, Gozzelino had many contacts with a lot of different European Officials of the National Athletic Federation and he also took the opportunity for thanking officially PZLA and in particular its President, Jerzy Skucha, handing him one memorial medals for the organization of the 11th WMRA/WMA Master World Mountain Running Championships (see photo).
Special thanks again to the LOC of this event and in particular to Miroslaw Dziergas (LOC President), Stefan Kalinowski (LOC Vice President) and Andrzej Puchacz (LOC General Secretary).
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The 31st Smarna gora race: WMRA Grand Prix winners Arslan and Mayr dominated the race. - 02 October 2010 Print
sg10arslan_f.jpgRunners from 10 countries gathered on the start line of the 31st Smarna gora race nearby Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia.
Weather conditions were promising excellent conditions for the runners - it was not too cold, the course was mostly dry.
The organizer decided to make some small changes on the course: the first flat part is little longer, the starting ascent is not so steep and the steep dangerous downhill section is replaced with short undulating part. So the course was extended from 9,0 to 10,0km but the elevation remains at 730m ascent and 300m descent.

Ahmet Arslan from Turkey - best non-African runner from the World Championships, that was held 4 weeks ago in Kamnik just 20km away from the Smarna gora - was running this race for the first time and started with respect to the 6-times world champion Wyatt, who had run the demanding and technical course already several times. Wyatt knew that the first uphill is his chance and he passed the first summit with small advantage, he even passed as the first runner the control point just before the end of the descent, but at the very last descent he was overtaken by Arslan and Krupicka from, who was also already the winner of the race 2 years ago. Ahmet Arslan set an excellent record time with 42:28.
We can find runners from 7 countries on the first 7 positions.

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Smarna gora race: final race of the 12th WMRA G. P. 2010. A great event at the end of the season. - 27 September 2010 Print
smarnac.jpg31st edition of the Smarna Gora race will be also this year the final race of WMRA Grand Prix on next Saturday 2nd October 2010.

International mountain running competitions come back to Slovenia after the memorable World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik on last beginning of September.

Slovenia Athletic Federation shows to be - at the moment - certainly one of the top Organiser in the World and also on next year 2011 at least two world mountain running event will be held in Slovenia: World Long Distance Challenge in Petrovo Brdo and International Youth Challenge in Gorenja vas.

Smarna gora is a hill at the most northern part of Ljubljana. It's a butte and looks like two humps of camel. Smarna gora has two peaks. Smarna gora and Grmada. The first peak is the popular one and is full of guests. On this peak you will also find an inn called Ledinek. Actually all the people in mountain running family knows this place due the fact that the international race is held since more then 30 years and it is absolutely one of the most ancient race in the world.

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An important day for the mountain running: wonderful World Championships in Kamnik. - 08 September 2010 Print
women_i.flower1.jpgAbout 350 athletes of 39 Nations run in the 26th World Mountain Running Championships in Kanmik (Slovenia) on 5th September 2010. It was the record of Nations present.
One third of these Nations (13 in total) won at least one medal.

Four Nations won gold medals: three each for Turkey (plus two silver) and Eritrea (plus one silver) and one each Italy (plus one silver and two bronze) and Austria.
Switzerland took one silver and one bronze medal, instead Germany, Romania and USA won each one silver medal.
Finally one bronze medal each was obtained from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Russia and Uganda.
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Enthusiasm and records of nations present at 26th World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik. - 03 September 2010 Print
w.ch._2010banner.jpg40 Nations will be present at the WMRA Congress on 4th September: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Rep., Eritrea, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, U.S.A., Venezuela and hosting Country Slovenia.
Important is the official presence - for the first time - of Albania, Greece, Hungary, Japan and Sweden, also if Greece has not sent any athletes but only official to see more about the most important mountain running event in the year.

Peter Kukovica, President of Athletic Slovenian Federation (AZS), together Boris Mikluz, AZS Director, Dusan Papez, LOC President, and Anton Tone Smolnikar, Mayor of Kamnik City, are all very happy to host the 26th World Mountain Running Championships 2011, also because about 360 athletes coming from all the world will run on the beautiful venue of Velika Planina, fourthly kilometres from Ljubljana, Slovenia Capital.

Thank volunteers and sponsor the Championships will be certainly a fantastic success!

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16 Countries on the podium of the 10th WMRA/WMA Master World Mountain Running Championships 2010. - 29 August 2010 Print
012.jpgKorbielow hosted the 10th WMRA/WMA Master World Mountain Running Championships 2010, held in Poland on last 28th August for the second time, after the first official edition of this Championships, in Ustron on 2001.

Czech Team won the medal table with a total of 12 medals: 8 gold (6 individual plus two team), 2 (2 team) silver and 2 (2 individual) bronze. Second was Germany with a total of 15 medals: 7 gold (4 individual +3 team), 5 (5 individual) silver and 3 bronze (1 individual +2 team), whilst third was Italy with a total of 13 medals: 5 (2 individual +3 team) gold, 7 (6 individual +1 team) silver and 1 (1 individual) bronze.  Other six Countries won gold medals: Slovakia (2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze), Poland (1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze), Ireland (1 gold and 1 silver), Scotland, Slovenia and Hungary (with 1 gold each). England obtained 2 medals (1 silver and 1 bronze), like Ukraine (2 bronze). Finally one bronze each won Austria, Netherland, New Zealand, Switzerland and USA.
So in total 16 Countries (of the 26 present) climbed on the podium  of the 10th WMRA/WMA Master World Mountain Running Championships 2010.

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