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First official presentation of the 26th World Mountain Running Championships, Kamnik - 08 April 2010 Print
WCh2010 contract, Papez, Smolnikar, Kukovica and SarfLjubljana, 1.April 2010 - The first official presentation of the 26th World Mountain Running Championships to the host city of Kamnik took place in the offices of the Slovenian Athletic Federation with the main representatives of the Slovenian media present.

The LOC President and Mayor of Kamnik Tone Smolnikar confirmed the importance of this event for the local community by declaring it as "the greatest sporting event ever in Kamnik". The LOC Director Dusan Papez highlighted the roles of the organizers, the course and all other technical aspects of the event. President of the Slovenian Athletic Federation Peter Kukovica described the organization of Mountain Running within the Athletic Federation and the WMRA representative Tomo Sarf explained the WMRA competition system and the current situation with the mountain running scene worldwide.

WMRA Council Meeting 23rd January 2010 Monte Carlo - 16 February 2010 Print
wmra-council-jan-2010.jpgReport by Adrian Woods

WMRA Council met as usual at the beginning of the year in Monte Carlo on 23rd January. Many discussions took place and some important decisions were taken;

WMRA President Gozzelino underlined the important fact that besides the World Championships, four Continental Championships were held in 2009 and also a Commonwealth Championships, a Balkan Championships and a Youth International. WMRA Council will also explore the possibility of adding a relay international event to the WMRA Calendar in the future.


Ethiopians Runner dominated 1st African Mountain Running Championships 2009 - 03 December 2009 Print
Ethiopian Habtamu Fikadu Awash midle_habtamu_f._awash_winner_fr_ethiopia42.03min.jpg enters in the history of mountain running like first African Mountain Running Champion. He won the Continental title finishing eleven kilometres of the 5th Obudu International Mountain Race in 42 minutes and 3 seconds, defeating Ugandan Geoffrey Kusuro, silver medallist, and Abebe Dinkesa, from Ethiopia too, as bronze medallist in the 1st African Mountain Running Championships.

Ethiopia team won also the Continental title, in front of Uganda (second) and host Country Nigeria (third).

1st African Mountain Running Championships - 26 November 2009 Print
thumb_1st_african_championships.jpg Important event for mountain running in Africa. 1st African Mountain Running Championships for men(individual and team) will be held on next 28th November 2009 in Nigeria, with the 5th edition of the Obudu Ranch park International Mountain Race. Six African Athletic Federations has sent their national team: Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and, of course, host Country, Nigeria.

LOC is waiting confirm from other National Federations, first of all Ethiopia.

52nd Trofeo Vanoni - Morbegno (Italy), 25th Oct. 2009 - International MR relay race - 12 October 2009 Print

Mariagrazia RobertiIt was a wonderful day for all mountain running supporters in Morbegno, Northern Italy, at the famous Trofeo Vanoni Race. A total of 130 relay teams participated in the race, along with 50 women and 300 youth competitors in the junior race for a total of 740 runners.

The course was a technical 7 kilometers (500 meters climb) for the men's race, and 5 kilometers (300 meters climb) for the ladies race.


Excitement for the Champions - 12 October 2009 Print

marc_lauenstein.jpgWith a surprising and also untouchable winner the World Mountain Running Long Distance Challenge ended yesterday in Söll. Marc Lauenstein (Swiss) won the Kaisermarathon with almost 6 minutes advance before all-time-Kaisermarathon-favorite Jonathan Wyatt, who did a real great finish. The third place went to Ricky Lightfoot from England. Only a few seconds away from the medal winners there was Raymond Kemboi Chemungo from Kenia, but his team was able to win the team-ranking.

The ladies-ranking the last-year-winner Anna Pichrtova (Czech) again dominated. In a fantastic time of 3.28.57 she finished the Kaisermarathon, and so she was only 23 minutes away from the new Champion.


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