In 2021, due to the Corona pandemic situation, for the second consecutive year, a World Mountain Running Championships was not able to be held. The WMRA member federations have selected teams, the runners were working hard and had a the goal to be ready for the most important Mountain Running race of the year. To enable at least one International race in the season for National teams, the WMRA decided to organise a new competition, called the WMRA Nations Cup to allow National teams to compete against each other.
After an exciting day of racing at the Canfranc 45k race, our 9th round of the World Cup, yesterday, we didn’t have long to wait for round 10. Canfranc provided the stunning backdrop again for the 16k classic mountain race today.
There was a huge amount of excitement for the first ever World Cup race in Spain on Saturday 11th September! Canfranc-Canfranc served up two races for us this weekend. Firstly, the 45k race today was round 9 of this year’s World Cup, our next long mountain race. Tomorrow it’s the 16k classic mountain race for round 10.
Canfranc-Canfranc celebrates its 15th edition this year, and it's a race whose reputation has been growing over the last few years. There are many elements which make it an incredibly special event and we are very happy to be including it in the World Cup for the first time this year.
Our next athlete post is from Japanese athlete Fujio Miyachi, and as it's his final one for us this year he talks about his thoughts for the future of the sport. We look forward to seeing him taking these ideas forward in the coming years.
The 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships enjoyed wonderful late summer weather and we saw some brilliant performances in the Stubai Valley, Austria. It was the second time that Telfes has hosted the Masters Championships, with the first being 2014.
The sun shone and excitement was high for the first race in this weekend’s World Cup double header. Vertical Nasego, a short uphill race at 4.3k with 1000m of ascent, was stage 7 of this year’s competition, and what a way to kick off proceedings!