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Three gold for USA and one gold for Canada at the 9. NACAC Mountain Running Championships 2012. - 22 July 2012 Print
2012nacacmrace.jpgThe 9th NACAC Mountain Running Championships was hosted at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, Canada, on a rain-soaked morning.
While the weather forecast called for clearing skies, temperatures were in the upper 50s at the start with humidity at 94% amid cloud-filled overcast skies. The conditions at the finish line some 1100 meters up the mountain, were slightly cooler with rain showers filling puddles of water around the finish area, while mist rolled off the trees.
The 11 kilometer course included a variety of terrain from significant ascents to a few steep and technical descents, rocky hillsides with grades up to 40%, and some single track trails through forested areas and open green meadows.
The event was organized by the 5 Peaks Running Series which conducts a series of races in the various provinces of Canada.

9. NACAC Mountain Running Championships 2012 preview. - 19 July 2012 Print
2012nacacvenue.jpgOn Saturday, July 21, the 9th NACAC Mountain Running Championships will be held at Cypress Mountain Ski Area in West Vancouver, Canada.
The site for this year's event is the same venue which hosted some of the events for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The course is an approximately 11 kilometer mostly-uphill course with approximately 1,300 meters of climbing. The course map can be found here: http://www.trailhunger.com/course/47.

Turkey triumphs at 11. European Mountain Running Championships in Denizli-Pamukkale. - 07 July 2012 Print
2012eawinnermen.jpgThe 11. European Mountain Running Championships held in the historical setting of Pamukkale heritage site.
The terrain was tough and hot and the competitions were wonderful with many nations making the podium.  The hosting country of Turkey and the LOC provided excellent accommodation and many runners complimented the wonderful hospitality of Turkish people in the streets as they paraded on Friday and prepared for the event near to Denizli.
The nations of Turkey (4 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze), Switzerland (1 gold), Great Britain (2 gold and 1 silver), Russia (2 silver and 1 bronze), Czech Republic (2 bronze), Romania and Germany (one bronze each) were awarded individual  and/or team medals while team medals were also awarded to Italy (1 gold and 1 silver), France and Bulgaria (one bronze each).
21 Nations had runners in this event.

11. European Mountain Running Championships, Denizli (Pamukkale), Turkey on July 7, 2012 - 04 July 2012 Print
2012ealogod.jpgThe eleventh edition of the European Mountain Running Championships gets under way in Turkey on Saturday 7th July.
More than 170 athletes from 21 countries will compete to be the European Mountain Running Champion in the Senior and Junior events.
The venue is in a beautiful and healthy Turkish setting, with the warm weather expected to add to the endurance test of mountain running as they conquer the challenging terrain of Denizli - Pamukkale.
The course of the championships will pass through the remains of the ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis in Pamukkale, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Gold for Ireland, Italy and Poland in 7. Youth International Cup 2012 - 26 June 2012 Print

2012crippa.jpgThe 7th staging of the WMRA International Youth Cup was held in Glendalough Ireland.
This was the first occasion that Ireland hosted a major international mountain running event and it represented a further stage in the development of mountain running for this younger age group (16-17 year olds).
Nine countries entered the competition with Ireland, Russia, and Wales fielding two boys teams and Ireland and Russia entering two girls teams.


Ireland hosts 7. International Youth Cup on June, 24. - 19 June 2012 Print
2012iyc_wicklow.jpgThe seventh holding of the International Youth Cup takes place on June 24th in Glendalough in Ireland.
Glendalough is an old Irish monastic site and many of the competitors will be praying that their turn has come to mount the prize-winner's podium particularly the countries who have already departed from the European football championships!
Nine countries will contest the event with 36 runners in the boy's race and 33 runners in the girl's race: Bulgaria, England, Italy, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Wales and hosting, Country Ireland.  

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