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Stage of WMRA World Cup at Leogang: last text before World Championships! - 29 August 2014 Print
leogang.jpgFor the sixth time the "Asitz" – the mountain of Leogang, becomes the site of the summit mountain run.
Also in 2014 the "Asitzgipfelberglauf" is connected again with WMRA- (World Mountain Running Association), IAAF status (International Association of Athletics Federations) and it is the fourth stage of the WMRA Mountain Running World Cup 2014.

The event organizers are Running Club Leogang, Saalfelden Leogang tourism and Andreas Tomaselli & Max2.
This race is the last text for the top runners before the World Mountain Running Championships that will be held at Casette di Massa Italy, two weeks later.

U.S.A. runners triumphed at 11th WMRA Long Distance M. R. Challenge 2014. - 17 August 2014 Print
2014ldmrchwomen3.jpgFour gold medals for American runners at the 11th Annual WMRA World Long Distance Challenge held at the Pikes Peak Ascent in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
U.S.A. dominated both races, male and female, individually and by teams, winning in total 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Italy (2 silver), Germany (1 bronze), Slovenia (1 bronze) and Eritrea (1 silver) won other medals.
There were 19 countries represented in the Challenge with nine scoring men’s teams and seven scoring women’s teams

USA to host 11th WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge. - 13 August 2014 Print
2014ldmrchlogo.gifThe 11th annual WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge will be hosted by the Pikes Peak Ascent this Saturday, August 16, in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
This is the third time Pikes Peak has hosted the Challenge.

The first was in 2006, when the Pikes Peak Marathon served as the host race and more recently, in 2010, the Pikes Peak Ascent was the host event.
This year, entries were received from nearly 20 countries for the competition, with seven full teams in the women’s division and nine for the men. The first team competition at the Challenge took place in 2009. Although five athletes may run for a country, the combined times of the top three members on the team are tabulated for scoring. There are awards for the top three men’s teams and the top three women’s team as well as individual medals for the top three men and top three women overall.

3rd stage WMRA World Cup: Slovenia and Kenya took the prime positions on the extreme course. - 28 July 2014 Print
2014grintovecwinners.jpg223 runners from 10 countries gathered on the start line of the 16th Grintovec race in a beautiful valley of Kamniska Bistrica 25km north from Ljubljana.
The weather was unpredictable – the day before the race a thunderstorm made the 10km long course with almost 2000m elevation gain wet and slippery and rain was also expected in the time when the runners were competing on the steep slopes of 2552 m high Grintovec; in this case, the race would be stopped after 6,5km for safety reasons. Luckily, the weather was not so bad; some of the runners even enjoyed the chilly temperatures.

Third race of WMRA World Cup 2014: 16th Grintovec Mountain Race in Slovenia - 26 July 2014 Print
2014grintoveclogo.jpgThe Gorski tek na Grintovec at Kamnik, in Slovenia, is an extremely challenging uphill mountain race.
This race is a traditional appointment of the WMRA international calendar and this will be the 16th edition of the race.
Every season the race is one stage of the WMRA World Cup.

In 2014 the course has been changed in the first 2 km. It takes the runners along the Kamniska Bistrica river, passing the famous house “Plecnikova vila”; after 0,6 km the course joins the dusty road in it follows the road for 2km up to the lower cargo cable car station. Latter it follows the hiking trail passing the Kokrsko sedlo/saddle/ (1793 m) to the Grintovec summit (2558 m). The competitors run on steep mountain trails and on loose scree through unspoilt and spectacular high-alpine scenery.
The starting area is at an elevation of 600m in the Kamniška Bistrica gorge (approximately 35km north of Ljubljana). There are six aid stations on the course and one at the finish.
The 9.8km-long route includes almost 2000m of ascent.
Due bad condition of the weather it could be possible that the track will be cut: final decision will be taken by LOC on Sunday 27 July 2014, on the day of the competition.

Mexico and USA split 11. NACAC Mountain Running Championship titles 2014. - 21 July 2014 Print
2014nacacwm.jpgAt 11th NACAC Mountain Running Championships 2014 held on 20. July in Ajijic, Mexico, the men’s team gold medal went to Mexico’s A team while the women’s race was won by Team USA.
Same situation in the individual race: NACAC title in the men race for Mexican Mario Alberto Ramiro Allende and NACAC title in the women race for USA Brandy Erholtz.

Without Canada in the mix, it was just two countries vying for NACAC Championship honors.
The Canadian selection race for the championships was held just a few weeks ago and none of the athletes were able to coordinate their schedules to make the trip to Mexico.
When travel plans failed to pan out for the selected athletes, there was little time to recruit replacements.
The race started and finished in the town square with the first and last kilometre on cobblestone streets.
The remainder of the course included dirt single track trails, rocky sections, with steep ascents and descents. The total ascending was 1150 meters, equal to the descent. The high point on the course was over 2400 meters.
A total of 700 runners participated in the event which celebrated its 18th running this year and included the 13.8-kilometer run as well as a shorter distance race of six kilometers.
Sunny skies prevailed throughout the race with temperatures reaching into the mid-seventies.

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