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13. Master World Mountain Running Championships at Janske Lazne - 01 September 2013 Print
2013mastermedal.jpgThere were 23 Nations represented at the start of the 13. World Master Mountain Running Championships in Czech Rep.  at Janske Lazne.
13 nations took at least one medal!
475 master finished the race: 117 women and 358 men.

In total Germany won 15 gold medals of which 6 gold medals (exactly 33%) in the individual result with 2 men and 4 women in gold-medal position. Hosting Country, Czech Rep. won 5 gold medals (individual: 2 women plus team: 2 team men and 1 team women), followed by the Great Britain with 4 gold, two for men individual, one for women individual and one team men, and Italy with 3 gold, one for men individual, one team men and one team women. Two gold medals were gained by the Poland (both in men: one individual and one team) and the Austria (one individual men and one individual women).
Finally one gold medal was one by Slovakia, Switzerland and USA.
Also France and New Zealand had athletes on the podium with one silver each and Ireland and Netherlands with one bronze each.


Master World Mountain Running Championships 2013 in Janske Lazne is ready to start. - 28 August 2013 Print
2013jlazne_cop.jpgThe participants began to come to the 13th World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Janské Lázně.
Competitors representing 25 countries among the 503 entries will vie for individual and team medals on race day.

The entrants include seven from the United States, including 1993 World Mountain Trophy silver-medalist Dave Dunham who will race in the 45-49 age group.
A complete start list is available at this link http://www.maratonstav.cz/.
Race weekend kicks off on Thursday, August 29, with accreditation, followed by a ceremony and parade on Friday evening.
Races start with the 75-79 year age group at 11:00 a.m., and conclude with the 35-39 age group at 1:40 p.m.
The closing ceremony gets underway at 5:00 p.m. The afternoon will be followed by a cultural program.

M. Kosovelj and A. Confortola dominated the 10. WMRA World Long Distance M. R. Challenge 2013. - 03 August 2013 Print
2013ldmrch_kosovelj.jpgMitjia Kosovelj and Antonella Confortola won the 10. WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge 2013 and Italy took gold medal both team's category men and women.
16 WMRA Athletics Member Federation countries were present at the event and eight of them come back home with at least one medal: Italy took three gold and one silver medals, Slovenia one gold medal, then Wales gained one silver and one bronze medal, Czech Rep. and Scotland one silver each and Romania, England and, hosting Country, Poland one bronze each. Also present were Australia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and USA.
The 10. WMRA World Long Distance M. R. Challenge was held linked with 5. Maraton Karkonoski on a new track really long 41 km.
594 runners started and 563 finished the race.
Among them, 46 men and 40 women runners were the participants at the WMRA event.

16 Countries present at the 10. WMRA World Long Distance M. R. Challenge 2013 at Szklarska Poreba. - 29 July 2013 Print
ldmrch2013logo.jpgOn August 3rd, 2013, Szklarska Poręba (Poland) will welcome the best long distance mountain runners.
There will be tenth WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge 2013.

Szklarska Poręba is a town beautifully located in the valley of the Kamienna River and its tributaries at the height of 440-886m above sea-level, surrounded from the south by the slopes of Karkonosze, with Mt. Szrenica (1362m AMSL) towering over the town, from the north by the Jizera Mountains with the High Stone (1058m AMSL) and the Black Mountain (965m AMSL), and from the East by the Foothills of Karkonosze, separating the town from Jeleniogórska Valley.
The distance runs through marked hiking trails along the ridge of the Karkonosze Mountains.
700 athletes from 22 countries and 16 WMRA Athletics Member Federation countries will take part in the race for the championship. Exactly the Countries who announced their official presence are: Australia, Czech Rep., England, Germany, Hungary. Ireland, Italy, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine, USA, Wales and, of course, hosting country, Poland.

Slovenian Mateja Kosovelj and Eritrean Teklay Azeria are the winners of Grand Prix race in Slovenia. - 29 July 2013 Print
2013_3_gp_kosovelj_w.jpgSlovenian Mateja Kosovelj and Eritrean Teklay Azeria Weldemariam won the third stage of the WMRA Grand Prix 2013 at Kamnik, Slovenia.
258 Runners from 14 countries gathered on the start line of the 15th Grintovec race in a beautiful valley of Kamniska Bistrica 25km north from Ljubljana.
Some world top mountain runners attended: 2012 winner and the winner of the first Grand Prix race Azerya Teklay Weldemariam from Eritrea, European silver medallist Italian Alex Baldaccini and his team mate Gabrielle Abate, British Robbie Simpson and Sam Tosh, Japanese Yujiro Iida and Fujio Miyachi, etc.

WMRA Grand Prix resumes in Kamnik. - 23 July 2013 Print
grintovec_winner_2012-teklay_pek.jpgAfter the European and NACAC Mountain Running Championships, more than 200 runners from 14 countries have entered the 15th edition of "The Grintovec Mountain running race", the third stage of 2013 WMRA Grand Prix, that will be held on Sunday 28th July in Kamnik, Slovenia.
The course is a real mountain course, taking the normal trail from the Kamniska Valley (602m) to the Grintovec summit (2554m).
Almost 2000m elevation gain on less than 10km; normal hikers need 6 hours to reach the summit and another six to go back.
Course record holders are Jonathan Wyatt and Anna Pichrtova (1:15:43 and 1:31:50, both in 2006) and it seems that those records will last for a long time.

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