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WMRA Grand Prix Continues in Ebensee on Sunday - 07 August 2009 Print
Ebensee-03-Kosovelj.jpgThe WMRA Grand Prix continues on Sunday (9th) with the Feuerkogelberglauf in Ebensee, Austria.

The first ascent of the Feuerkogelberglauf was in 1997, when this was the venue of the second European Mountain Running Trophy. European mountain runners will never forget this race because of extremely bad weather as rain, wind and fog forced the organizers to shorten the race by moving the finish line from the summit to the upper cable car station. Local favorite Helmut Schmuck won the men's race in front of World champion Molinari and Erica Spiess won the women's contest. Of those European Trophy participants only the winner Helmut Schmuck and Marcus Kroll, who finished 14th, will run the race on Sunday.

Successful Grand Prix Premiere in Mayrhofen - 17 nations at the first HARAKIRI Mountain Running Race - 05 August 2009 Print
harakiri09_winner-mayr.jpgSunday in Mayrhofen was dominated by dazzling sunshine and the dazzling faces of the participants and winners.

In the area that is home to Markus Kröll, an ascent of 1,170 metres in 10.4 km had to be achieved in order to sign the guest book, as 'Harakiri finisher', at the Gschößwand-Haus mountain hut and then enjoy the fantastic views over the Zillertal.

4th CONSUDATLE Mountain Running Championships 2009 in Quito (Ecuador) - 05 August 2009 Print
On last 1st August, the 4th South American Mountain Running Championships was held in Quito, Ecuador.

During last CONSUDATLE's Congress celebrated on July 19th in Lima all the Federation of South America were invited to take part at the event.
Finally the participation was encouraging but - of course - more athletes could be run in this event in the future.


WMRA Grand Prix 2009 – second race 12th Grintovec Mountain running race 26th July 2009 - 27 July 2009 Print
grintovec09_winner-krupicka.jpgOver 200 mountain running fans from 10 countries gathered in the Kamniska bistrica valley to climb the Grintovec (2558m) - one of the highest mountains in Slovenia.

The course is probably the hardest in Europe - 9,6km long with almost 2000m elevation. The weather was excellent for a competition - about 20deg at the start and 10deg at the finish with almost no wind and low humidity. More than 1000 spectators followed the race all along the course and made the atmosphere suitable for a WMRA Grand Prix race. Almost 100 young runners run shorter courses.

Mountain running - WMRA Grand Prix - 23 July 2009 Print
rickey-gates-grinotvec-race-2008-winner.jpgThe first part of the International Mountain running season has just finished with the European Championships held on July 12 in Telfes (AUT) with great success for the Turkish runners in individual races and for the Italians in team competition.

After a short break, the second part of the season gets underway with a circuit of WMRA Grand Prix races on four successive weekends. This schedule is hard for the runners, but suitable for oversees runners who wants to attend at least four WMRA GP races that count towards the final raking.

Arslan and Strähl rule mountains in Telfes im Stubai - 16 July 2009 Print
straehl.jpgTwo-time defending champion Ahmet Arslan of Turkey completed a hat-trick by winning the men's title at the 8th European Mountain Running Championships in the Austrian village of Telfes im Stubai on Sunday.

The gold medal in the senior women's category went to the 22-year-old Swiss mountain runner Martina Strähl.

Hundreds of supporters gathered around the 11-kilometer route to cheer for best mountain runners from 25 countries across Europe. The senior men had to negotiate not just the tortuous 11-kilometre route but also an altitude in excess of 1300 metres.


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