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Winter conditions on the Skaala WMRA Grand Prix race - 17 August 2009 Print
thumb_Skaala09-Sombol.jpg Antonella Confotola, Italy and John Sombol, Kenya won the 5th WMRA Grand Prix race in Skaala Uphill in Norway.

Sombol was only 5 seconds ahead of Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand, six times World mountain running champion. Despite tough winter weather conditions 1500 participants (new record) finished the 8th edition of the 8,2 km long extreme mountain running race with a total climb 1814 meters.

WMRA Grand Prix, 4th race: Geoffrey Ndung’u from Kenya and Andrea Mayr dominated at the Feuerkogel - 10 August 2009 Print
thumb_Ebensee_Andrea_MAYR.jpg Ebensee, Austria - weather conditions were not as bad as at European Trophy 12 years ago and not as good as last year - light clouds and some raindrops were just reminding the runners that mountain running is sport that is held in pure nature.
About 250 runners from 13 countries joined the well known race and were really impressed by the brilliant organization.

The races started in Ebensee. After one and a half km running in the city the course turns to the mountain. Steep trails take the runners thought the forest and later along the meadows (ski slopes) to the top of the mountain. Reaching the summit women finish the race but men make additional 1km loop to make the race more interesting for the spectators.

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.

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