We are sad to bring you the news that Bibi Anfang, pioneer of mountain running and founder of Hochfelln Berglauf, has died. Jonathan Wyatt, President of the World Mountain Running Association, would like to say a few words about him in tribute, below.
In our next athlete article Fujio Miyachi tells us how he went from being a child who hated all sports to embracing mountain running!
This is the starting point of my career as an athlete. This story is well known to my friends from primary school. To begin with, I was not very good at exercise, and on days when I had a PE session in the school, I would get headaches and stomach aches for no reason.
Everybody at the WMRA is incredibly saddened to hear of the tragedy which occurred at the 100k race in Yellow River stone forest near Baiyin, Gansu province, China. A reported 21 runners died when sudden, extreme weather occurred, which was not forecast, in a high altitude section of this mountain race. It is understood that hail, freezing temperatures and high winds came in suddenly and dramatically, and a complicated rescue mission for runners ensued.
Our latest guest article comes from Kasie Enman, member of the WMRA Athletes' Commission. Kasie is passionate about promoting environmental sustainability in our mountain running community and this is the first of a series of articles on the topic.
We asked Japanese runner and member of the WMRA Athletes' Commission, Fujio Miyachi, to tell us about his first experience of running in a World Cup Race, Tek na Grintovec in Slovenia. So if you're thinking of dipping your toe into the World Cup, or mountain running races this year, read on...
Unfortunately we have to bring you the disappointing news that the decision has been made to cancel both the European Mountain Running Championships and the International U18 Mountain Running Cup this year. Both had been postponed from 2020, in the hope that the situation would have improved by now.
Today we proudly launch the World Mountain Running Ranking, designed for Mountain Runners, by Mountain Runners. Since 1984, the WMRA has been a pioneering institution, key to the global development of Mountain Running. Starting with its first major international competition in 1985, it has gone on to hold 37 World Championships plus 22 World Cups. This year another World Cup is about to start, together with the World Mountain & Trail Running Championships which will be held in November in Thailand.