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Smolyan is getting ready for the 10th WMRA International Youth Cup. - 26 June 2015 Print
logo_iyc_smolyan_2015_color_final.jpg15 Countries are coming to Smolyan, in the beautiful Rodopa Mountain, in Bulgaria: boys and girls coming from Czech, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, FYR of Makedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Turkey, Wales and hosting Bulgaria are ready to run for win the title of best youth mountain runner 2015.
61 boys and 50 girls are going to compete in the scenic landscape around the lakes of Smolyan.

Tunstall and Mamu are the winners at Montee du Grand Ballon, second stage of World Cup 2015 - 14 June 2015 Print
2015wc2mamu.jpgEritrean Petro Mamu and British Sarah Tunstall are the winners of the traditional race Grand Ballon, second stage of the 2015 WMRA World Cup.
Eritrean runner Petro Mamu was one of the favourites on the start line in Willer-sur-Thur. Finally he did not disappoint at the second WMRA event in 2015. When he crossed the finish line on the top of Vosges’s, the stop watch was showing just 15 seconds more than in 2014 when he improved the course record for almost 2 minutes.
After 4km 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, also second in 2014, was the only one who tried to follow him. At the end, he difference between the winner and the second was almost 2 minutes, and between the second and third was another 2 minutes.
Anyway, the men’s field was very strong and colourful – seven countries were represented in top 10 and with one French in-between.

World summit at the Grand-Ballon in France (second stage of W. Cup 2015) - 14 June 2015 Print
2015wc2bulletin.jpgAfter Slovenia for the opening race of the WMRA World Cup last week-end in Ratitovec, the second race of the series will run at the Vosges in France.
The 35. Montée du Grand-Ballon is now a "classic" of the WMRA World Cup.

This Sunday 14th June, 400-500 runners are waiting in Willer-sur-Thur and some of the best world mountain runners like Petro Mamu (Eritrea) winner of the last World cup and at the Grand-Ballon last year (he beat the records of Jonathan Wyatt and Ahmet Arslan !), Azaria Teklay (Eritrea) winner at the Grand-Ballon in 2013, Robbie Simpson (Great Britain), 2nd  at the last European championships in Gap and Andrew Douglas (Great Britain), winner last Sunday in Slovenia.
A strong race with 15 nations at the start in the men's race.

WMRA World Cup 2015: first stage at Železniki (SLO) - 20. Ratitovec Run - 08 June 2015 Print
2015wc1lucija_krkoc_winner.jpgSlovenian Lucija KRKOČ and Scottish Andrew DOUGLAS were the fastest runners at the first race of the 2015 Mountain Running World Cup.
Both were very strong in the last, steep 2km where the course takes the runners from the forest to open mountain meadows and also becomes more technical.
The winners are well known international runners: Lucija was the World Cup (Ex Grand Prix) winner in 2011 and several time World Ch. and European Ch. medallist and Andrew finished 2014 the World Champs in Italy on 21st position and 10th the European Championships in Gap. Also the second placed man and woman are runners with great reputation: Swiss David Schneider and Hungarian Merenyi Timea finished the World Cup 2014 on top 3 positions.
140 runners from 9 countries participated the race that had for the first time international character.

12. NACAC Mountain Running Championships returns to Canada on July, 2015 - 27 March 2015 Print
2015nacacmap.jpgThe 2015 NACAC (North American Central American Caribbean) Mountain Running Championships will take place at Cypress Mountain, http://cypressmountain.com/ located just north of Vancouver, BC, Canada, on Saturday, July 18.
Cypress Mountain Ski Area was one of the venues at the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympics.
This is the twelfth consecutive year that the NACAC Mountain Championship have been held, with the event rotating being the U.S., Mexico, and Canada http://mountainrunning.ca/ .

Mountain running worldwide a focus of WMRA meetings - 26 January 2015 Print
photo_1.jpgThe annual winter meetings of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), an association under International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) patronage, whose membership in 2014 included 43 dues-paying nations, concluded in Monaco, today, Sunday, January 25, highlighted by lively discussion among its council members.
Representing Italy (Bruno Gozzelino, President), France (Pierre Weiss, acting General Secretary), USA (Nancy Hobbs, Treasurer), Bulgaria (Galia Puhaleva, Council member), Germany (Wolfgang Munzel, Council member), Slovenia (Tomo Sarf, Cuncil member). Turkey (Erhan Basoglu, Council member) and Poland (Andrzej Puchacz, Council member) and, but more importantly the sport of mountain running internationally, WMRA’s eight-member council covered an aggressive agenda in three days of meetings.
On charge IAAF, Paul Hardy, General Director, attended to the whole WMRA Council meeting, instead Essar Gabriel, IAAF General Secretary, gave a IAAF contribution at the meeting explaining the IAAF policy and program for next future.
At the WMRA Council meeting was present also Dobromir Karamarinov, as European Athletics Representant.
The agenda was packed with a myriad of topics from contracts to promotion, and included a recap of 2014 events as well as a focus to the future of the sport.
In addition to the full council meetings, several working groups met during this weekend.
In these sessions, finances and budget were addressed, as were regulations for the various WMRA-supported competitions.

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