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WMRA News for 2012: More financial support to Nations and to Athletes. - 19 January 2012 Print
2012_council.jpgThe WMRA Annual meeting at Monaco was again a highlight to further establish the Sport of Mountain Running working with the infrastructure of the IAAF.
The Director of Marketing, Erhan Basoglu, has acquired substantial backing from sponsors who wish to share their passion with Mountain Running (further sponsorship backing will be announced soon). His contribution was applauded by the council members and the IAAF delegates.
All WMRA Council member work for WMRA as unpaid and passionate volunteers. All the money raised is used for mountain running activity and for this reasons WMRA Council unanimously decided:
1) the prize fund for the World Mountain Running Grand Prix 2012 will be doubled to $20 000 (exactly 18.000,00 euros), without asking nothing more than in the past years to the LOC of the races  (WMRA will pay this prize found at the Final GP race in Turkey);
2) the contributions for the International Youth Cup 2012 will be increased to 300,00 euros for complete teams male and female (six athletes it means to receive 600,00 euros) and 100,00 euros for incomplete teams traveling internationally to the event.

28. World Mountain Running Championships 2012 in Italy: from Temù - Ponte di Legno to Tonale pass. - 26 December 2011 Print
tonalepass.jpgThe WMRA is delighted to announce like venue of the 28. World Mountain Running Championships 2012 the villages of Temù (1.144 m.s.l.) and of Ponte di Legno (1.258 m.s.l.) and the experienced LOC under the direction of mr. Innocente Agostini, father of Andrea Agostini winner of the World Junior men title in the 5. World Mountain Running Trophy on 1989 at Die (France). FIDAL - just a few days ago - sent official application bid for this event.
The candidate venue has previously held many high quality national competitions and will again prove an outstanding host with the support of event sponsors that include, among others, Lombardia Region and Comunità Montana Valle Camonica.

The 3. African Mountain Running Championship launches 30. World Mountain Running Championships 2014! - 30 November 2011 Print
2011obudumenw1.jpgUgandan, Geofrey Kosuro, and Nigerian, Dung Janet, are African Champion 2011, leading their Nation to win African title in the Team list.
But, at Obudu, this year, not only the athletes were in first row, but also the LOC, with its Chairman William Archibong, and the AFN, with the Vice President, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, General Secretary, Maria Wophil, and other Council member as Gloria Obajimi, that - with the fantastic support of the highest political authorities of Nigeria from the Governor of Cross River State,  Sen. Liyel Imoke CON - have officially announced the candidature to organize the 30. World Mountain Running Championships in 2014 on the occasion of the tenth edition of the race, in presence of WMRA President, Bruno Gozzelino, and WMRA Council member, Erhan Basoglu, present in Nigeria also for preparing for 2012 a new track of the Obudu race, respecting WMRA technical regulations.
Coming back to the races, in the men African Championships, Geofrey Kosuro (finishing fourth in the overall list of the Obudu International race, behind three Ethiopian runners) defeated Kenyan, Ondara Macdonald, silver medallist (and fifth in the Obudu race), and his nationl fellow, Thomas Ayeko, bronze medallist (eight in the Obudu race, after Kenyan, Romo Philemon, and Ethiopian, Abshero Ayele). Five time European Champion, Turkish Ahmet Arslan finished in 18 place, after having arrived to the venue of the competition just few hours before the race, due a long journey. Uganda men team took gold medal in front of Eritrea, silver, and Nigeria, bronze, instead Egypt finished in fourth position.
In the women African Championship only Nigerian runners were officially untried by the National Athletic Federation: so the winner arrived in front of her countrywomen Nancy Mathew (silver), Aderonke Olumudi (bronze) and Deborah Pam, fourth. In the women team  list no other Countries sent official team despite the fact that Ethiopian and Kenyan runners were present in the race, taking the first six places in the Obudu race.

Africa’s Finest Descend on the African Mountain Running Championships in Obudu race. - 22 November 2011 Print
1st-abebe_dinkesaethiopia2.jpgThe IAAF, AAC and WMRA sanctioned Obudu International Mountain Race takes place on Monday 28th November 2011.
The African Mountain Running Championships will also feature in the Obudu International Mountain Race in Nigeria.
This is sure to be an exciting event as many of the African runners have succeeded at the World Championships previously.
There are athletes of 6 different nation registered in men's event (Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt) and three in the women's race (Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria), plus other athletes from other African Countries as for sample Cameroon and Ghana.
According to the Secretary General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mrs. Maria Worphil, more African nations are making inquiries about travel and accommodation arrangements and expect more confirmations this week.

European M. R. Championships 2011: new bronze medallist in senior men race individual and team. - 29 October 2011 Print
ealogomrbursa.jpgThe Federacao Portuguesa de Atletismo has imposed the sanction for a first offence of two (2) years ineligibity from 11.8.2011 until 10.08.2013 and disqualification of all results since and including 10.07.2011 to the male athlete Jose Manuel Goncalves "Gaspar".
This decision was taken following an in-competition doping control conducted on 10.07.2011 during the 10. European Mountain Running Championships 2011, in Bursa, Turkey.
Jose Manuel Goncalves "Gaspar" finished third in the senior men race and Portugal team was third in the team result.

Trofeo Vanoni 2011: Gaggi and G.S.Orobie winners. Baldaccini second best time in the race’s history, - 25 October 2011 Print
2011vanonifinish.jpgThe mountain running season is going on the end: one the traditional mountain races is the Trofeo Vanoni, on the most ancient race in Italy, held this year on last 23. October.
After the junior races in the morning with more than 320 young runners, the start of the ladies individual race (5 km). Wonderful race for Alice Gaggi (Italy - G.S. Valgerola): after passing in 4. position at the end of the uphill, she ran very, very fast downhill, overtaking Eva Skalnikova and Pippa Maddams, Long Distance M. R. Champion 2011. Triumphant runway for Gaggi (9. at World Championship in Tirana) who won in 22'37". Second position for Eva Skalnikova (Ceck Republic) in 22'50" and third Pippa Maddams (Great Britain - Snowdon Race Team) in 22'52".
Exciting the relay race: after the first lap with an incredible Alex Baldaccini (best time with 29'03" and second best time in the history of the race), the three leading teams at the end of second lap were La Recastello Radici Group, Slovenia and G.S. Orobie.

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