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9. YIC 2014: Italy and France win team gold. Magnini (ITA) and Racasan (FRA) win individual titles - 30 June 2014 Print
2014yicboysteam.jpgOn Sunday, June 29, a record 17 nations participated (96 runners in total) in the 9th WMRA International Youth Cup in Arco, Italy, hosted by Castle Mountain Running/Garda Trentino.
The athletes, ages 16 and 17, raced over a varied course starting in the town square.
It was a unique event including cobblestones on the pathway, numerous steps on the ascent toward the 12th century castle, grassy terrain, steep descents, and dirt pathway through olive groves.
Six nations had athletes with medals: France with two gold and one silver and Italy with two gold and one brone were the leaders of this event. Russia and Turkye won one silver and one bronze each; then Bulgaria took one silver and England won one bronze.
It was a very challenging course with the girls running nearly 4 kilometers, and the boys nearly 5 kilometers.

Record of Nations present at the 9. WMRA International Youth Cup 2014 at Arco (Italy). - 23 June 2014 Print
2014_yiclogo.jpgOn 29th June, the 9. WMRA International Youth Cup will be back in Italy for the edition 2014, hosted by the Castle Mountain Running Arco, Trentino.
The race is organized by Garda Sports Events at its fourth edition and in the previous years the race  has been able to achieve considerable appreciation for its fascinating course and technically highly significance.
The first great result of the 2014 edition of the WMRA Youth Cup, regards the numbers of nations  registered   17, with  regard to the International event reserved for youth under 18: it is record!
The other good news is that among these nations are  the United States,  before today they never   took part in the Youth Cup.
The full list of nations  that have completed their registration includes in addition to Italy and the United States also Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and  Wales.

5. EVAA European Master Mountain Running Championships, Ludwikowice Klodzkie POL - 17 June 2014 Print
celinska_evaa_2014.jpgOn June 14, there were 305 runners representing 18 countries in the 5. EVAA European Master Mountain Running Chmpionships 2014 in Ludwikowice Klodzie, a ski village in the middle part of Sudety Mountains in southwest Poland.
Among the competitors were runners who had also participated in the WMRA WMA World Masters Mountain Running Championships, and there were also many newcomers from the other EVAA veteran events. Some of the participants had road and track backgrounds.
Participants from nine countries won medals.
Gold medals were awarded to participants from eight different countries.
Germany led the individual medal count winning 6 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze, followed by Czech Republic with 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze, and Poland with 3 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze. Italy won 3 gold medals, while Austria, Spain and Ireland each won one gold medal. Austria also added a silver, and Spain a bronze. Scotland took one silver and one bronze, while France had one silver medalist.
In the team classification, Poland was first with 7 gold 2 silver and 1 bronze, followed by Germany with 5 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. Czech Republic was third in the team medal count with 7 silver and 2 bronze, Spain finished fourth with 1 silver, and Ukraine was fifth with one bronze.
This was the first time Spain participated in the event.

Latest edition of WMRA Newsletter available online: print edition to follow. - 16 June 2014 Print
2014newsletter.jpgThe 19th edition of the WMRA Newsletter is now available online in .pdf version.
The newsletter includes a recap of the 2013 mountain running season including results, photographs and reports from the World Mountain Running Championships, the International Youth Cup, the WMRA Grand Prix, the WMRA World Long Distance Challenge, the Area competitions (including the NACAC and EAA and AAC and CONSUDATLE  Mountain Running Championships), the WMA World Masters Mountain Running Championships, the EVAA European Championships, and more including the Balkan Championships, and more.

2. W.C. race: Mamu and Belotti winners.New course record set despite a windy day at Grand Ballon. - 15 June 2014 Print
2014_grandballon-mamo.jpgEritrean Petro Mamu and Italian Valentina Belotti are the winners of the second stage of 16. WMRA World Cup race in France.
Eritrean runner Petro Mamu was one of the favourites on the start line in Willer-sur-Thur .
His results in the second part of the season 2013 were promising and he did not disappoint at the first WMRA event in 2014 he took part.
When he crossed the finish line on the top of Vosges’s, the stop watch was showing incredible time 57:36, which meant that he improved Arslan’s record from 2012 for almost 2 minutes!
After 3km of the 13,4km long course with 1230m elevation gain that includes also 210 m of descent, he felt stronger than his closest opponents Teklay, Tsege, Rancon and Kenyan Wandangi. His advantage was growing from kilometre to kilometre and was finally almost 3 minutes.
Runners from 8 countries were in the top 15.

Seven Nations at 6. Balkan MR Championships 2014. Gold medals for Turkey and Romania. - 15 June 2014 Print
abaf_2014_poster.jpgTurkey, Bulgaria, Moldova, Croatia, F.Y. Rep of Macedonia, Greece and hosting Country Romania sent their athletes at the 6th Balkan Mountain Running Championships held at Vatra Dornei (ROM) on 15. June 2014.
Turkey (with 6 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze), Romania (2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze), Bulgaria (3 silver and 3 bronze) and Moldova (1 bronze) won medals.

Four races took place on the classic WMRA distances for junior male and female, individual and team.
52 runners started in the Championships.

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