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.
As well as reporting on mountain running races we like to find out about the people behind them – the athletes, the race organisers, the coaches and the team managers. One runner who has a perspective on all of those things is Paolo Germanetto, current mountain, trail running and ultra head coach for FIDAL. We caught up with him to find out more about his life in mountain running.
Monday 8th March is International Women’s Day and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate some of the inspirational women who have helped to shape the sport of mountain running. Not only are there some truly exceptional female runners who have continually pushed the boundaries, but there are also some key women in coaching, event organisation and in the sport’s management who have contributed so much.
We’re taking a look at our 2021 World Cup races. But we’re not just looking at the events and the stunning routes, we’ll be going behind the scenes to find out what really makes these races and the places they happen so special. Next up, it’s La Montee Du Nid D’Aigle, new to this year’s World Cup but definitely not a new race as this year will mark the 34th time the event has taken place!
Another old favourite that we’re excited to welcome back to the World Cup this year is Grossglockner Berglauf! We visit some stunning locations in the World Cup, but this race must be one of the finest! Let's take a look at what else makes this race so special.
We’re welcoming some old favourites to the World Cup this year, but we’re also embracing some races which are new to us. One of these is Canfranc-Canfranc, a race which we’re certain is going to make a big splash!