The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships (from 2004 up to 2014 the name was World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge),is an annual international mountain running competition organised by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA).
Mountain running is a sports discipline which takes place mainly off-road in mountainous terrain, but if there is significant elevation gain on the route, surfaced roads may be used. In this it differs from fell running; also its courses are more clearly marked and avoid dangerous sections. It is a form of trail running if it is run on unpaved surfaces. Mountain running is a combination of running, jogging, and walking, depending on how steep the trail is.
The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) is the global governing body of mountain running.
The race is a one-day long-distance running contest for both sexes which has individual and national team aspects. The host for the event changes on an annual basis, with the minimum requirements for the challenge being that the course is no longer than 45 kilometres (28 mi) in distance, includes an uphill ascent of at least 1.6 km (1 mile), and has a rough duration of between one hour and forty-five minutes and four hours for the elite men. The challenge does not take place on specially-made courses, but rather it is incorporated into pre-existing, traditional races.
Long-distance running, or endurance running, is a form of continuous running over distances of at least eight kilometres (5 miles). Physiologically, it is largely aerobic in nature and requires stamina as well as mental strength.
The competition was first held in 2004 on a course from Sierre to Zinal.Since its inception, the challenge has been hosted at competitions including the Three Peaks Race in the United Kingdom, Switzerland's Jungfrau Marathon, and the Pikes Peak Marathon in the United States. The event has significant variance in its level of participation: the 2007 race at the Jungfrau Marathon attracted over 4200 runners of fifty nationalities, while at the 2011 of the competition there were 405 runners representing a total of 18 countries.
Sierre is the capital of the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It has a population of 16,332. Sierre is nicknamed City of the Sun for its average of 300 days of sunshine a year.
Zinal is a village in Switzerland, located in the municipality of Anniviers in the canton of Valais. It lies at an elevation of 1,675 metres (5,495 ft) above sea level in the Swiss Alps in the Val de Zinal, a valley running from the Zinal Glacier, north of Dent Blanche to the village of Ayer, part of the Val d'Anniviers. With the Dent Blanche, four additional 4,000-metre (13,120 ft) peaks are located around the valley: Bishorn, Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, and Ober Gabelhorn.
The Three Peaks Race is a fell race held annually on the last weekend in April, starting and finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale.
The 2013 version hosted by the Maraton Karkonoski in Poland, showcased 700 athletes from 22 countries and 16 WMRA Athletic Federation countries. The men's race was won by Mitja Kosovelj of Slovenia in 3:07:36. The women's race was won by Antonella Confortola of Italy in 3:44:51. Italy took Gold in both the men's and women's team competitions.
|Edition||Year||Race||Location||Country||Date||Male Winner||Female Winner|
|2nd||2005||Marathon du Vignemale||Cauterets||24 July|
|3rd||2006||Pikes Peak Ascent||Manitou Springs, Colorado||20 August|
|4th||2007||Jungfrau Marathon||Bernese Oberland||7 September|
|5th||2008||Three Peaks Race||Yorkshire||26 April|
|7th||2010||Pikes Peak Ascent||Manitou Springs, Colorado||21 September|
|8th||2011||Gorski Maraton||Podbrdo||18 June|
|9th||2012||Jungfrau Marathon||Bernese Oberland||8 September|
|10th||2013||Maraton Karkonoski||Szklarska Poreba||3 August|
|11th||2014||Pikes Peak Ascent||Manitou Springs, Colorado||16 August|
|12th||2015||Zermatt Marathon||Zermatt||4 July|
|13th||2016||Gorski Maraton||Podbrdo||18 June|
|14th||2017||Giir di Mont||Premana||6 August|
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World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge (2004-2014)/Championships (2015 on)