The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships enjoyed better weather than the classic distance the day before. The sun shone, but a nice cool Patagonian breeze stopped it from being too hot.
The menâ€™s and womenâ€™s fields started together from the centre of Villa La Angostura, with a road section, before heading north along a dirt track and into the forest. The first 2.5k were quite flat, but then it started to climb up through the forest, becoming steep in places. The runners had to endure a fairly high river crossing twice, which proved tricky for some.
The first day of racing at Villa La Angostura saw the junior World Mountain Running Championships and the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s senior World Championships over the classic distance. It also saw heavy rain and windy conditions, which had an impact on the races.
The courses were around 7k for the juniors, which had a slight change due to the bad weather, and 14k for the seniors. Both included river crossings, which were quite high due to the rain. Both were up and down courses, concluding with fast descents.
The 35th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships and 16th edition of the Long Distance Championships were opened together in Villa La Angostura in Argentina today. The races take place on friday morning local time in Argentina in the beautiful Patagonia region. Follow the action live on WMRA social channels.
The World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships are being held together at Villa La Angostura on 15th and 16th November. The best mountain runners in the world, juniors and seniors, will take on the stunning courses in Patagonia. 450 runners are expected from 42 countries.
On Friday 16th the junior men will set off at 9.45am and the junior women at 10.15am. They will race over a route of 6.6k with 393 metres of ascent. Then at 11.45am the senior menâ€™s race will start, and the womenâ€™s at 12.15pm. The seniors course is up and down this year, on a 14k course with 754 metres of ascent.
HarĂa (Spain) on the island of Lanzarote will host the Senior Long Distance (42km), and World Mountain Running Championships for Senior and U20 Junior runners in 2020 with the exact date to be confirmed but likely to be end of October / mid November. The World Mountain Running Association has been a global pioneer for off-road running all over the world, with the first global event held back in 1985 and it has run continuously ever since. This year the 35th World Champs are to be held in 2 weeks time at the iconic K42 event at Villa la Angostura in Patagonia, Argentina, bringing together 42 nations and 450 elite athletes striving for the individual and team titles in Long Distance (42k) Classic (12k) and Junior (6k) events.
The World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships are fast approaching - they take place on the 15th and 16th November.
In just two weeks the worldâ€™s best mountain runners will be in Villa La Angostura in Argentina, contesting the World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.
There are three events taking place: the junior and senior World Championship races on Friday 15th and the World Long Distance race on Saturday 16th . The courses are based around the K42 Adventure Marathon course and take in some stunning highlights of the Province of Neuquen in Patagonia.
It was billed as a star-studded race and Trofeo Vanoni 2019 didn't disappoint!
The 36th women's Vanoni race had 112 starters, including the 2019 World Cup winner, Sarah McCormack, and 2017 and 2018 World Cup champion, Lucy Murigi. After the gun went off the runners climbed up through the crowds to Priula. Murigi immediately went into the lead, with McCormack and Elise Poncet hot on her heels.
It's been announced that Lucy Murigi will run at Vanoni for the first time in this year of the 'super edition'. The organizers, CSI Morbegno, after already securing the Italian Mountain Running Team, the podium from the Italian Relay Championship and the female winner of the World Cup, have announced that Lucy Murigi will also be lining up.
Murigi was the 2017 and 2018 World Champion, winner of Sierre-Zinal in the same years, as well as this year's winner at Smarna Gora. With a line-up including 2019 World Cup winner Sarah McCormack and Lucy Murigi the women's record could well be under threat. The 36th Vanoni women's race starts on Sunday 27 October 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
The line-ups for all the races are exceptional this year and you couldn't bet against any of the records falling. Giovanni Ruffoni from the LOC says "You are all invited to Morbegno. This year we really made the bang. For the "normal" athletes the opportunity to compete side by side with the top runners, for fans the joy of supporting and see live the best specialists in the world."