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).

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]

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]

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[edit]

Edition Year Race Location Country Date Male Winner Female Winner
1st 2004 Sierre-Zinal Valais   Switzerland 8 August Mexico Ricardo Mejia Switzerland Angeline Joly
2nd 2005 Marathon du Vignemale Cauterets  France 24 July Germany Helmut Schiessl Australia Emma Murray
3rd 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado  United States 20 August United States Matt Carpenter Australia Emma Murray
4th 2007 Jungfrau Marathon Bernese Oberland   Switzerland 7 September New Zealand Jonathan Wyatt Norway Anita Haakenstad-Evertsen
5th 2008 Three Peaks Race Yorkshire  United Kingdom 26 April United Kingdom Jethro Lennox Czech Republic Anna Pichrtová
6th 2009 Kaisermarathon Söll  Austria 10 October Switzerland Marc Lauenstein Czech Republic Anna Pichrtová
7th 2010 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado  United States 21 September United States Glenn Randall United States Brandy Erholtz
8th 2011 Gorski Maraton Podbrdo  Slovenia 18 June Slovenia Mitja Kosovelj United Kingdom Philippa Maddams
9th 2012 Jungfrau Marathon Bernese Oberland   Switzerland 8 September Austria Markus Hohenwarter United States Stevie Kremer
10th 2013 Maraton Karkonoski Szklarska Poreba  Poland 3 August Slovenia Mitja Kosovelj Italy Antonella Confortola
11th 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado  United States 16 August United States Sage Canaday United States Allie McLaughlin
12th 2015 Zermatt Marathon Zermatt   Switzerland 4 July Italy Tommaso Vaccina Switzerland Martina Strahl
13th 2016 Gorski Maraton Podbrdo  Slovenia 18 June Italy Alessandro Rambaldini United Kingdom Annie Conway
14th 2017 Giir di Mont Premana  Italy 6 August Italy Francesco Puppi Italy Silvia Rampazzo

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "WORLD LONG DISTANCE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHALLENGE / CHAMPIONSHIPS". wmra.ch. Retrieved 3 October 2017. World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge (2004-2014)/Championships (2015 on) 
  2. ^ WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge Regulations. WMRA. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  3. ^ World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  4. ^ World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge: Results . WMRA. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  5. ^ Hughes, Danny (2007-09-08). Wyatt dominates World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge …of course!. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  6. ^ Kosovelj and Maddams take World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge titles. IAAF (2011-06-19). Retrieved on 2011-06-23.

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