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Nova Zagora, in Bulgaria host 4. Balkan Mountain Running Championships 2012 - 06 June 2012 Print

2012balkanposter.jpgThe beautiful Bulgarian city of Nova Zagora is hosting the 4th Balkan Mountain Running Championship (up and down race) on 7 June 2012.
Over 120 participants from Albania, Greece, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Bulgaria are coming to Nova Zagora.
Junior and Senior athletes will run the slopes near Zhrebchevo dam.
The course consists of 4,2km laps.


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WMRA Newsletter 2012 is available on the WMRA webpage:great news for the future of mountain running. - 05 June 2012 Print

newsletter_2012.jpgWMRA has recently published "WMRA Newsletter 2012" issue number 17 of its Annual Magazine.
This year - for the first time - the WMRA Newsletter is also available to download on the WMRA webpage. Click "about us", followed by "Newsletter".
As usual the Newsletter gives a summary of the activity for last year 2011 and previews the competition in 2012.
This year the WMRA magazine consists of 28 pages.
Every year 2000 printed copies of the magazine are produced with the support of the IAAF and is distributed free of charge to all the National Athletic Federation in the World (it means more than 200 Countries receive this magazine, plus all the IAAF Officials Council members and so on).
WMRA Council members also distribute the Magazine to all the LOC of the races held in 2011 and 2012 and to coaches and athletes at WMRA events.

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More than 1000 master in the 12. World Master Mountain Running Championships at Buhlertal: record! - 20 May 2012 Print
2012mastersmedals.jpg1.018 master finished the race at the 12. World Master Mountain Running Championships in Germany: never in the past editions more than one thousand runners arrived to the finish line in this Competition.
This record of runners with 802 men and 216 women at the end of the race signed the great success of this competition very well organized by LOC of Buhlertal.
The 9.4 kilometer mostly uphill course included a start on pavement through the town with a steep climb into the forested area of the mountainside with nearly 800 meters of vertical climbing. At the 11:00 a.m. start time (for category 70), temperatures were warm in the upper teens and by the final start group (35) the temperatures had reached over 20 with little breeze.
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Ahmet and Belotti victorious in La Montee du Grand Ballon,the first race in the 2012 WMRA Grand Prix - 18 May 2012 Print

2012_gp1startwomen.jpgOn race day, Thursday, May 17, the skies were a brilliant blue with temperatures hovering in the 60s at the men's 3:00 p.m. start time in Willer Sur Thur, France, and 50s near the 1424-meter summit of Grand Ballon.
A much different weather pattern than the previous day when temperatures were just above freezing at the summit and a fresh dusting of snow blanketed the trail.
Last year's WMRA Grand Prix Champion Arslan Ahmet, 26, Turkey, bested second-place finisher Gabriele Abate, 33, Italy, by just two seconds for the championship at La Montee du Grand Ballon.

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Countdown to 12. World Masters Mountain Running Championships 2012 in Bühlertal (Germany) - 16 May 2012 Print

2012masters_1.jpgFrom 32 nations from all around the World, master athletes will arrive in Bühlertal/Germany this Weekend, for the 12. World Masters Mountain Running Championships 2012.
1100 master athletes have registered for this great event. This means a new record in the entries and a further increase compared with last year's edition, in both, the number of entries and in the number of participating countries (Paluzza 2011: 1015 entries from 26 nations).
The LOC hopes to welcome more runners at the start than have ever participated in a World Masters Mountain Running Championship before.
228 of the registered starters are female and 872 male; one third of the participants come from outside of Germany; the largest starting field is registered in the M45 class, followed by M50 and M55. The starting gun will send off 227 runners together in the largest starting field, the start of the M45 / W45 class.

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WMRA competition at the start: Grand Ballon first Grand Prix race 2012. - 07 May 2012 Print

abate_gabriele.jpgFor the fourth year, the Monté du Grand-Ballon in France is welcome the WMRA Grand-Prix.
Ahmet Arslan (Turkey) the 5 times European champion and winner of the two last Grand-Prix has chosen the Grand-Ballon to begin his mountain season.
Just back from Ethiopia, he's coming on the top of the Vosges to test his form before the next european championship at home in Turkey.


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