IAU Trail World Championships

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Trail World Championships
Genresporting event
Inaugurated 2007
Most recent 2017
Organised by IAU

The IAU Trail World Championships are annual trail running World Championships, from 2007 up to 2015 was biennial, held for the first time in Huntsville, United States in 2007 and organised by International Association of Ultrarunners. [1]

Trail running

Trail running is a sport-activity which combines running, and, where there are steep gradients, hiking, that is run "on any unpaved surface". It is similar to both mountain and fell running. Mountain running may, however, include paved sections. Trail running normally takes place in warm climates, or on good paths, or tracks which are relatively easy to follow, and does not necessarily involve the significant amounts of ascent, or need for navigating skills, normal in fell running. Unlike road running and track running it generally takes place on hiking trails, often in mountainous terrain, where there can be much larger ascents and descents. It is difficult to definitively distinguish trail running from cross country running. In general, however, cross country is an IAAF-governed discipline that is typically raced over shorter distances.

Huntsville, Texas City in Texas, United States

Huntsville is a city in and the county seat of Walker County, Texas. The population was 38,548 as of the 2010 census. It is the center of the Huntsville micropolitan area.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.



YearDateVenueCountryDistanceArrived at the finishNotes
1st 2007 8 December Huntsville,
18. Sunmart Texas Trail
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 80.5 km172
(128 m, 44 w)
Results, Results
2nd 2009 12 July Serre Chevalier,
Merrell Sky Race
Flag of France.svg  France 68 km46
(32 m, 14 w)
3rd 2011 9 July Connemara Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 71.5 km98
(68 m, 30 w)
Results, Results
4th 2013 6 July Llanrwst
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 75 km99
(53 m, 46 w)
Report, Results, Results (xls 84kb)
5th 2015 30 May Annecy,
4. Maxi Race du Lac d'Annecy
Flag of France.svg  France 84 km229
(144 m, 85 w)
Report, Results
6th 2016 29 October Braga,
Trans Peneda-Gerês
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 85 km203
(119 m, 84 w)
Report, Results
7th 2017 10 June Badia Prataglia,
Sacred Forests
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 50 km239
(138 m, 101 w)
Report, Results
8th201812 May Castellón de la Plana,
18. Penyagolosa Trails HG
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 85.3 km263
(159 m, 104 w)
9th20198 June Miranda do Corvo,
Trilhos dos Abutres
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 44.2 km363
(204 m, 159 w)


See also

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  1. "Trail Worlds". aura.asn.au. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
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International Trail Running Association (ITRA) is the governing body for trail running. It was formed in 2013, emerging from the 1st International Trail Running Conference held in 2012. Trail running was first recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2015 as a discipline of athletics.