31 AUG 2012 Preview

World Mountain Running Championships - PREVIEW

The junior men's podium at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana: Saul Padua Rodriquez (COL), Adem Karagoz (TUR) and Murat Orak (TUR) (Nancy Hobbs)The junior men's podium at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana: Saul Padua Rodriquez (COL), Adem Karagoz (TUR) and Murat Orak (TUR) (Nancy Hobbs) © Copyright
Vallecamonic, ItalyOn Sunday 2 September, the 28th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships will be staged in the Italian Alps.

The Atletic Vallecamonica Club with its members under the direction of the General Director Innocente Agostini, together with many people living in Temù and Ponte di Legno Vallecamonica, are ready to play host to Mountain Running’s most important global competition.

This will be the seventh time that World Mountain Running Championships – formerly Cup – have been held in Italy.

The uphill race presents the runners with a really technical path and it will be the perfect terrain for this battle among the world’s top mountain runners with the finish line stationed at Tonale Pass, a very famous location in the Italian Alps.

43 countries have announced their participation. For the first time ever runners from Malta and Nigeria are announced at the start, whist other nations will come back into the Mountain Running family after a long absence, among them South Africa, San Marino, and Sweden

LOC is expecting the presence of more than 350 runners: 157 senior men, 92 senior women, 71 junior men and 52 junior women. In the eventuality that all the entered nations compete, then it will be the first time that more than 40 nations will be present, a record for the World Mountain Running Championships.

None of the reigning senior champions will be at the start but both current junior World champions, Adem Karagoz of Turkey and Lea Einfalt of Slovenia will compete.

Live TV coverage on the local network has been guaranteed by the organisers.

Pierre Weiss, former IAAF General Secretary and now special advisor to the IAAF President for WMRA relations, David Okeyo, the Chairman of IAAF Cross Country Commission, and for the host nation, Franco Arese, FIDAL President, will attend the Championships.

On Saturday 1 September, the Annual WMRA Congress will be held in Ponte di Legno.

Bruno Gozzelino – President WMRA – for the IAAF