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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.

Mexico to host the 11. NACAC Mountain Running Championships 2014. - 14 July 2014 Print
2014nacacbanner.jpgThe 11th North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships will be held on Sunday, July 20, at Carrera La Chupinaya in Ajijic, Jalisco, over a 13.8-kilometer course, the same venue which hosted the event in 2011.
 Although the event is open to 31 member nations USA, Mexico, and Canada have traditionally been the only countries fielding competitors.
And, as in the past, teams from Mexico, Canada, and the United States are expected to compete this weekend.
Teams are comprised of up to four men and four women with the top two finishers scoring for their respective country.

Triumph for Italy at the 13. European Mountain Running Champiosnhips at Gap (France). - 13 July 2014 Print
2014eadematteis.jpg216 runners coming from 26 European Countries were present at the 13. European Mountain Running Championships.
Italy dominated medal table of the competition winning 4 gold medals and one bronze; other four Nations had the honour of listening their national anthem: Great Britain won 1 gold medal and 4 silver medals; Turkey took 1 gold medal and 2 silver and 3 bronze (total six medals: no other Country won this number of medals); Czech Republic had 1 gold and silver and Austria won 1 gold and 2 bronze medals.

Two other Nations won medals: Slovenia won 1 silver medal and hosting Country France took 2 bronze.
All the four races were very exciting, with a lot champions of the discipline that tried to do their best!

13. European Mountain Running Championships, Gap-France, 12. July 2014 - 07 July 2014 Print
2014logoea.pngGap, hosting venue of the next 13. European Mountain Running Championships, has a great mountain running tradition.
There will be 26 European countries present at the 13. European Running Championships.

Gap, the South Alps’ Capital, is located between Chamonix and Nice, between Mediterranean Provence and the high Alps and sits at an elevation of 750 meters with 42,000 inhabitants. Gap lives like a charming Provençal City in the heart of the Alps. Close to the “Parc National des Ecrins” with its 4.000 meters high mountains, Gap has an ideal location for mountain-related sport activities. In a few minutes you have access to hundreds of kilometres of excellent hiking paths and mountain biking routes. Ideal conditions for mountain runners! 
In 1993, it was the host city of the 9th World Mountain Running Trophy and the local favourite Isabelle Guillot was the winner of the women’s race. In her long and successful sport career from 1987 to 2008, she participated in 17 World and 11 European major events; she stood 10 times on the podium, 5 times on the highest position. Isabelle designed the course for the races this year. We are all convinced that the 4km long loop with 250 m ascents and descents will include all the elements of mountain running: steep ascents, technical descents and fast sections in the middle. Girls will have to run it once, boys and ladies 2 times and men 3 times.
In July 2013 on the same paths on the slopes of Charence mountain participants of WMRA Youth challenge tested the courses.

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