WMRA Grand Prix resumes in Kamnik.
After 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.
There will be lots of famous runners among the starters.
In the men's division, Azeira Teklay from Eritrea, three times World vice-champion will try to repeat his success from 2012.
He will find his strongest opponents in Italian Baldaccini, current European vice-champion and his teammate Abate.
Nejc Kuhar and Simon Alic, local experts for steep climbs, will surely try to show their strength on the home mountain. Surprise could also come from Great Britain, Japan or USA.
In the women's division Mateja Kosovelj, bronze medallist from European championships and second in Grand prix race in Arco just a week ago will surely attack the women's course record.
Another strong lady on the slopes of Grintovec will be Iva Milesova.
The weather forecast promises hot and sunny weather that is not the best for the runners, but high altitude will decrease the summer temperatures.
News from Tomo Sarf for LOC
Sources of pictures from LOC
On front page:
- Eritrean Azeria Teklay Weldemariam;
on second page;
- Slovenian Bajic