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Smarna Gora M. R. Race will decide the 16th WMRA World Cup 2014 - 30 September 2014
2014preview6gpa.jpgThe International Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race remains one of the highlights of the mountain running season, and its rich tradition will continue on Saturday October 4, with its 35th edition.
Also this year the race is the exiting final of the 16th WMRA World Cup!

In the fall season of 1979 running enthusiasts from Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, decided to organize a race to the top of one of the most popular mountains in Slovenia at Smarna Gora.
Nobody envisaged that it would become such a massive event with worldwide popularity.
The mountain running champions of the world will again be crowned this Saturday at this magnificent mountain peak.

W. Ch. 2014: Uganda dominates the medal, Mayr claims her fifth World Title. - 15 September 2014
w._ch._2014_a_sm_winner_339_ok.jpg The white marble coloured the 30th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, an unprecedented experience marked by the course winding up inside a marble cave of the famous “Bacino di Gioia” with the Apuan Alps and the Tirreno Sea on the backdrop.
Along the course there were thousands of spectators, including the many fans who turned up in huge numbers to give their support for the home team.
Uganda dominated the medal table winning the men’s race where Isaac Kiprop led a medal sweep for his country, both the men’s and women’s junior races with Phillip Kipyeko and Stella Chesang and the men’s senior team ranking.
Thirty-four year-old Austrian Andrea Mayr became the first runner to clinch five world titles with a dominant race.
Ten Countries (among the fourthy present) came back home with medals!
Uganda in total won 6 medals (four gold, one silver and one bronze).The Italian team won three medals: gold for the women’s senior team, bronze for the men’s senior team and silver for the men’s junior team. The Turkish also kept three medals totally: one gold, one silver and one bronze. Other two teams won gold: Germany (1 gold and silver)  and Austria (1 gold). USA this year had 3 medals in total: 1 silver and 2 bronze; the Great Britain with 1 sivler and bronze, followed by Kenya (for the first time present at WMRA Corld Mountain Running Championships, as Andorra) and Eritrea with one silver each; Czech Team was able to win 2 bronze medals, finished tenth in the medal table. 

W. Ch. 2014 at Casette of Massa: a world adventure between mountains and marble. - 10 September 2014

It’s just a few days to go to the World Mountain Running Championships on 14th September in Casette di Massa in the Italian region of Tuscany on the amazing backdrop of the Apuan Alps.
The 30th edition of these Championships will be staged on a “only-up” course which will go through a cave of the famous “Bacino di Gioia” in the final section of the course.

Here the marble, which gave shape to many masterpieces of Italian art, is extracted.
The World Championships will feature almost 400 athletes from 40 countries from the five Continents.
It’s the eighth time that this event is held in Italy, which boasts a long tradition in this discipline.
On Saturday 13th September the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 World Mountain Championships will be highlighted by the delivery of a block of marble, from which Italian artist Fabio Viale will carve the statue dedicated to Pietro Mennea which will be located at the Stadio dei Marmi in Rome which is already named after the former 200 metres Olympic champion and World record holder.
Look a video presentation of the race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puQfeacB9LA#t=26


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