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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.

The 16th WMRA World Cup on the top of the Vosges. - 11 June 2014 Print
2014_grand_ballon.jpgAfter the opening race on the Muttersberg at Bludenz (Austria), the Mountain Running World Cup will continue with the second race in the series this Sunday, June 15, at Grand-Ballon, France.
For the past six years, the Grand-Prix - and now renamed: World Cup - has held one of its stages on the top of the Vosges.

Last year, the race of the Montée du Grand-Ballon also hosted the French Mountain Running Championship with more than 700 runners.
This year, 500 runners combined are expected at the start line of the two events, one  in Willer-sur-Thur for men and the other at Goldbach-Altenbach for women.

No extra surprises on the World Mountain Running Scene: Mayr and Muthoni winners. - 08 June 2014 Print
bludenz_2014_f_mayr2.jpgAlmost 200 runners form 12 countries took part on the first race of the 16 WMRA World Cup running an excellent and challenging course at Bludenz (AUT).
The running conditions were good for the runners, maybe just too hot for this part of the year when the runners are not used to the summer heath yet.

Austrian doctor Andrea Mayr dominated at the first stage of the Mountain Running World Cup. Andrea left her opponents behind soon after the start and joined the second group of the men. Her advantage was growing from kilometre to kilometre and was at the finish 2 minutes before the second and unbelievable 5 minutes before the third. Her success is not a surprise - in her long and reach sport career she got 6 gold medals at World and European Championships (mostly in uphill events; also ECh 2013), she was also the WMRA Grand Prix winner in 2010. Besides she is an excellent steeple chess and marathon runner. With this convincing victory she announced her attack to the next gold world’s medal.

16th World Mountain Running Cup 2014 start: 30th Int. Muttersberglauf is the 1st Race. - 04 June 2014 Print
bludenz_a.jpgThe organizing team „Berglauf Team Sparkasse Bludenz“ is pleased to welcome a world class field at the Muttersberglauf at summer temperatures on June 8.
The race in Bludenz (Austria) is due to the efforts of Hubert Rödhammer traditionally a meeting point for big names in the international mountain running scene.
This year, especially as the first race of the first edition of Mountain Running World Cup, the race will be held on a prolonged, particularly demanding course.
The participants will have to fight with 1160 height meters on a distance of 8,4km. The track is varied: it starts on the road in the city, followed by changing sections on tarred roads, forest roads and wood land paths

Mountain Running Seminar in Turkey for Turkish coaches. - 02 May 2014 Print
tur_seminar_2014_a.jpegA successful Mountain Running Seminar was recently held between 23 -25 April in Antalya, Kemer, Turkey.
The seminar was organised by Erhan Basoglu, WMRA council member, and Hasan Babac, member of the European Mountain Running Commission.

It was supported by the Turkish Athletic Federation (TAF) and World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and was attending by 15 of Turkey's endurance and mountain running coaches from across the country.
The speakers included WMRA Council member Erhan Basoglu (TUR) and WMRA secretary Adrian Woods (GBR).

Great work and interesting news for the WMRA Council Meeting held at Monte Carlo. - 17 January 2014 Print
The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) concluded three days of meetings on January 12, 2014, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where the organization is headquartered.
Led by president Bruno Gozzelino, the eight-member council plus honorary member Pierre Weiss and IAAF Officials Paul Hardy and David Okeyo reviewed agenda items including a recap of competitions held in 2013, upcoming competitions, administrative details, as well as regulations governing the WMRA’s various activities (honorary member Raimondo Balicco was the only absent council member).

The WMRA Working Group had updated the rules and regulations documents for competition and revised some aspects of the Constitution and these were agreed by council with some decisions to be given final approval by Congress in September.
David Okeyo had been encouraged by the excellent work of the council and confirmed the continued support of the IAAF acknowledging that mountain running was “growing very fast”. He praised the council members for giving their free time to run the sport and for producing such a vast amount of activity with a small budget to achieve it.

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