A phase of a mountain running race.
|Highest governing body||IAAF|
Mountain running is a sports discipline which is very close to, but different from, fell running. It is recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations and governed by World Mountain Running Association, the international federation that since 1985 organizes world championships.
The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) is the global governing body of mountain running. For IAAF purposes, mountain running takes place on terrain that is mainly off-road, but if there is significant elevation gain on the route, surfaced roads may be used. Courses involve considerable amounts of ascent (for mainly uphill races), or both ascent and descent (for up and down races with the start and finish at similar heights). The average incline is normally between five and twenty per cent. Courses are clearly marked and should avoid dangerous sections.
The WMRA organizes two different types of world championships, for regular distances the World Mountain Running Championships (until 2008 called World Mountain Running Trophy) and long distances the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships (until 2014 called World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge).
Long distance mountain running
Races more than 20 km, but no longer than 45 km, includes an uphill ascent of at least 1.6 km.
- World Mountain Running Association official web site
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