World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

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The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships (from 2004 up to 2014 the name was World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge), [1] is an annual international mountain running competition organised by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA).

Mountain running sport competition

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.

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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. [2]

Long-distance running athletic event

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. [3] 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. [4] 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. [5] [6]

Sierre Place in Valais, Switzerland

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 Former municipality of Switzerland in Valais

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.

Editions

EditionYearRaceLocationCountryDateMale WinnerFemale Winner
1st2004 Sierre-Zinal Valais Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8 August Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Mejía Civil Ensign of Switzerland.svg Angeline Joly
2nd2005Marathon du Vignemale Cauterets Flag of France.svg  France 24 July Flag of Germany.svg Helmut Schiessl Flag of Australia.svg Emma Murray
3rd2006 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado Flag of the United States.svg  United States 20 August Flag of the United States.svg Matt Carpenter Flag of Australia.svg Emma Murray
4th2007 Jungfrau Marathon Bernese Oberland Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 7 September Flag of New Zealand.svg Jonathan Wyatt Flag of Norway.svg Anita Haakenstad-Evertsen
5th2008 Three Peaks Race Yorkshire Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 26 April Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jethro Lennox Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Anna Pichrtová
6th2009 Kaisermarathon Söll Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 10 October Civil Ensign of Switzerland.svg Marc Lauenstein Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Anna Pichrtová
7th 2010 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado Flag of the United States.svg  United States 21 September Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Randall Flag of the United States.svg Brandy Erholtz
8th 2011 Gorski Maraton Podbrdo Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 18 June Flag of Slovenia.svg Mitja Kosovelj Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Philippa Maddams
9th 2012 Jungfrau Marathon Bernese Oberland Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8 September Flag of Austria.svg Markus Hohenwarter Flag of the United States.svg Stevie Kremer
10th 2013 Maraton Karkonoski Szklarska Poreba Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3 August Flag of Slovenia.svg Mitja Kosovelj Flag of Italy.svg Antonella Confortola
11th 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado Flag of the United States.svg  United States 16 August Flag of the United States.svg Sage Canaday Flag of the United States.svg Allie McLaughlin
12th 2015 Zermatt Marathon Zermatt Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 4 July Flag of Italy.svg Tommaso Vaccina Civil Ensign of Switzerland.svg Martina Strahl
13th 2016 Gorski Maraton Podbrdo Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 18 June Flag of Italy.svg Alessandro Rambaldini Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Annie Conway
14th 2017 Giir di Mont Premana Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 6 August Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Puppi Flag of Italy.svg Silvia Rampazzo
15th 2018 [7] Karpacz Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 24 June Flag of Italy.svg Alessandro Rambaldini Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlotte Morgan

See also

The World Mountain Running Championships, is an international mountain running competition contested by athletes of the members of WMRA, World Mountain Running Association, the sport's global governing body.

The European Mountain Running Championships is an annual international mountain running race. Inaugurated in 2002, it is organised by the European Athletic Association (EAA) in July each year. The venue for the championships is changed each year.

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