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Mountain running festival on the Smarna gora - 05 October 2009 Print
toninelli-and-krupicka.jpgLjubljana, Slovenia - Not only that The Šmarna gora race was this year celebrating its 30th anniversary and is one of the mountain running races with the longest tradition, but it was again holding the Grand prix final and was therefore a unique event.

On sunny Saturday, 3rd of October, more than 250 runners competed on steep slopes of Šmarna gora. Nine kilometers of the technical and slippery track were not a problem for the race winner Antonio Toninelli (ITA) that defeated Robert Krupicka (CZE) on second place and his colleague Marco De Gasperi (ITA) who finished third.

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Finale of 2009 WMRA Grand Prix takes place on Smarna gora – PREVIEW - 01 October 2009 Print
thumb_finale_kosovelj.jpgThe final event of the 2009 WMRA Grand Prix series takes place on Saturday 3. Oct 2009.

The challenging mountain running course of 9,5km on Smarna gora just outside Ljubljana has an ascent of 750m and descent of 290m. Due to its technical difficulty and the profile that is changing all long this is a very demanding course that gives advantage to a complete, powerful and brave athlete.

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Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Championships 16th – 20th Sept. 2009 - 22 September 2009 Print
wilson_chemweno.jpgThe world's first organised mountain race took place in Grasmere, Cumbria, England in 1850 and almost 160 years later the neighbouring Lake District town of Keswick hosted the first Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Championships.

The event was hailed a tremendous success and is being seen as the first major step towards getting mountain and long distance running included in the Commonwealth Games by 2018.

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9th World Masters Mountain Running Championships - 14 September 2009 Print
craig_robers-winner_m45.jpgZagreb, CROATIA - 12. Sept. 2009

Zagreb (CRO), 12.Sept. - Just one week after the World Mountain Running Championships in Campodolcino, where the best athletes in the world met to see who would be the best this year, their Masters colleagues met for the same reason in Zagreb.

This was the first time that the World Masters Mountain Running Championships was held in the capitol city of the host country.
The organization of the event was shared between the Croatian Athletic Federation, the city of Zagreb and the local Athletic Club Sljeme.
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Madesimo (ITA), 6. Sept. 2009 - 25.World Mountain Running Championships - 07 September 2009 Print

men_winner-geoffrey_kusuro.jpgThe jubilee of the 25th World Mountain Running Championships was organized in the Italian ski resort of Madesimo close to the town of Chiavenna.

It was a laped up and down course; one lap was 4,3km long with 275m difference in altitude; the Junior Women ran one lap, Junior Men and senior women ran 2 laps and Senior Men ran 3 laps. The start was 1750m above sea level, which made the races even more difficult for the athletes having to run at altitude. The course required many changes in rhythm; the surface changing from grassy to rocky terrain.

 

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Madesimo (ITA), 5. Sept. 2009 - WMRA Congress - 06 September 2009 Print

norna_hughes_and_bruno_gozzelino.jpgThe first event of the jubilees 25th World Mountain Running Championships was the WMRA Congress.

Representatives of 36 countries were present. Elections for the WMRA chairing persons were one of the items on the agenda.

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