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World Cup is starting this weekend with round one in France

Written by Alberto Stretti. Pictures by Alexis Courthoud.

Annecy, France will host the opening event on Friday of the 21st Mountain Running World Cup. The 16 km Salomon Gore-Tex Maxi Race combines a spectacular course with great competition, the key ingredients for an exciting season long competition featuring 7 races in 7 different countries. Under the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) banner, France, United States, Austria, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia will each showcase a mountain running classic before overall World Cup champions are crowned.

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U18 Int. Mtn Running Cup Entries Now Open

On 11 April the details about the upcoming Under 18 Year Old International Mountain Running Cup have been sent out to all National Athletic Federations that are members of the WMRA. The preliminary entry forms (PEF) and details about the event were included. The deadlines are 24 June for the PEF and final entry form is due on the 12 August.

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April 16th saw the launching of the Dreizinnen (Tre Cime) Mountain Race for 2019 in Bolzano Italy.  This is the penultimate round of the World Cup for 2019 that is round #6 of 7 races to be held on Saturday 14th September.  Full race details can be found at the World Cup micro site link here and anyone wanting to race should register as soon as possible because this race has a strict limit of 1000 runners.  This limit is due to safety reasons and because it runs inside a World Heritage area.

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Ten Mountain Running Questions with Caitlin Patterson (USA)

“Ten Questions” is a series of interviews with top mountain running athletes from around the world. USA junior team manager Paul Kirsch contributed this edition of Ten Questions. Paul interviewed Caitlin prior to her competing in the 2019 Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria.

Caitlin Patterson was a member of the US women's gold medal winning team at the 2017 World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy. She is an avid mountain and trail runner with wins at the 2017 Whiteface Mountain Skyrace (New York) and 2018 Smugglers Mountain Challenge (Vermont) as well as a 2nd place at the 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace. Caitlin was also a member of the 2018 US Winter Olympic Team for cross country skiing where she finished 26th in the 30 km mass start and 34th in the 15 km skiathlon.

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