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WMRA News for 2011: great activity worldwide. - 26 February 2011 Print
monaco2011.jpgImportant WMRA Council meeting was held - as usual annually - at the middle of January 2011 in Monte Carlo.

Bruno Gozzelino (President), Nancy Hobbs (Treasurer), Raimondo Balicco (Director of Competition), Erhan Basoglu (Director of Marketing), Wolfgang Munzel (Director of Organisation),  Galia Puhaleva (Council Member), Tomo Sarf (Director of Development), Norma Hughes (In Emeritus), Pierre Weiss (IAAF General Secretary), Otto Klappert (Chairman IAAF Cross Country Committee) and Carlos Cardoso (Member of IAAF Cross Country Committee) were present (photo in Montecarlo). 

Many important decisions were taken during the meeting.

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Great success for the 6. Obudu International Race and for the African Mountain Running Championships - 29 November 2010 Print
2010aacdinkesa_eth.jpgMore then 150 top runners coming from seven African Nations honored with their presence the Sixth edition of the Obudu International Race 2010.

In a beautiful day, Ethiopians Abebe Dinkesa (in the picture) crossed finish line in 42.21, to win the men’s race and become African Champion 2010. He won this race for the second time after his victory on 2008, which he ran in 41.45 which is till today record of the race. Second in the race and silver medalist in the African Championships was Fidaku Awash, Ethiopian too: he was the winner of the race in 2009 and in 2007 (and he was third in 2008). The best Kenyan John Sompol Mnangat arrived third, taking bronze medal in the African Championships. All the first three finished under 43 minutes.
Very close was the African Team Championships 2010 where Uganda (formed by Geoffrey Kusoro, fourth, Macdonard Ondara, fifth, Martin Torotich and Dickson Huru) won gold medal with 16 points, ahead of Kenya (silver) and Ethiopia (bronze) both with 17 points, divided for the placement by the best third scorer. In fourth position host Country, Nigeria, in front of Cameroon, fifth. Finished with non complete team Egypt (one runner of the team had problem with visa and was not able to start) and Tanzania, Nation which was present for the first time to an International Mountain Running event.
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Obudu ready to host the world. - 19 November 2010 Print
aac10prize.jpgThe dates for the 2010 Edition of the Obudu Mountain Race have been confirmed. 
The race which will comprise the 6th edition of the individual race and the 2nd edition of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship will hold on Saturday, November 27th 2010 at the prestigious Obudu Mountain Resort. The race this year will witness the addition of the women's version of the African Nation's Mountain Running Championship, that is the first edition of the Championships. 
A total of 207 athletes have therefore been confirmed for this year's event, out of which 131 are Nigerians, and 76 are foreign, comprising of Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Colombia, Austria, Israel, Egypt, and Cameroun.
Six (6) African countries will be fielding teams for the African Championship and these will include Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroun and Egypt.
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53. Trofeo Vanoni internationale relay race, Morbegno (Italy) 24th October 2010 - 25 October 2010 Print
vanoni_podium_relay_men.jpgVery international edition for the 53. Trofeo Vanoni, the international mountain running relay race, held in Morbegno on Sunday 24. October and totally more then 700 runners in the three events: the Minivanoni junior race, the Vanoni ladies race and the main Trofeo Vanoni men relay race.

Wonderful race for the winner French team in the 53. Trofeo Vanoni relay race (7 km for each runner with a difference in level of 500 meters).

France is the second foreign team winning the Italian race, after Great Britain in 2005.

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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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