Posts Categorized: Mountain Running

2021 WMRA International U18 Mountain Running Cup is Cancelled

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA treasurer. Photo by Jumpy James. Unfortunately we have to bring you the disappointing news that the decision has been made to cancel both the 2021 European Mountain Running Championships and the 2021 International U18 Mountain Running Cup this year. Both… Read more »

History of the U.S. Mountain Running Team – 1985 to 2020

Written by Richard Bolt and Dave Dunham, self proclaimed mountain running historian and silver medalist at the 1993 World Mountain Running Trophy race. The following is a history of US individual and team podium results in the World Mountain Running Trophy (1985-2009) / World Mountain Running Championships (2010-2019). This championship event was organized by the… Read more »

WMRA Launches Global Mountain Running Ranking For Athletes

The World Mountain Ranking Association (WMRA) unveils a new global ranking for the sport. Since 1984, the WMRA has been a pioneering institution, key to the global development of Mountain Running. Starting with its first major international competition in 1985, it has gone on to hold 37 World Championships plus 22 World Cups. During this… Read more »

Elite Mountain & Trail Runners Comment on Upcoming World Championship in Thailand

Announcement from the International Trail Running Association (ITRA). The best women and men from federations around the globe will go head-to-head in first-ever world championship in Thailand. Prize money indicates the growth and popularity of trail & mountain running. Never in the history of athletics has there been a unified competition for trail and mountain… Read more »

Gnar Gnar to host 2021 USATF Mountain Running Championships

On February 18, the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail council unanimously approved the Gnar Gnar race to host the 2021 USATF Mountain Running Championships. The event will be held on August 15 at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, located at Government Camp, Oregon, and is one of many quality events from American Trail Running Association member Go… Read more »

What’s The Buzz On Vert?

“Vert,” short for vertical elevation gain, is becoming a buzzword in the trail running community as much as other commonly used terms such as mileage or pace. With GPS technology becoming more readily available in running watches or in phone apps like Strava or Garmin Connect runners can easily track their vertical gain on any… Read more »

2021 International U18 Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

The 2021 Event Is Cancelled Click to read the cancellation announcement posted April 28, 2021. After last years event cancellation, 2021 will mark the 15th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) International U18 Mountain Running Cup. This invitation only event provides a unique opportunity for youth mountain runners from around the world to… Read more »

USATF Track Coach Newsletter Interviews Our Founder Nancy Hobbs

This interview was originally published in USATF Track Coach 2020 – Issue 233, the official technical publication of USA Track & Field. Track Coach and Editor Russ Ebbets interviewed Nancy Hobbs about mountain, ultra and trail (MUT) running. Nancy, what is your current position within USA Track & Field? Chairperson of the USATF Mountain Ultra… Read more »

World Mountain Running Association Stages Virtual Congress Meeting

Mountain Running

This past Saturday, the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) held its 37th annual congress meeting over a video conference. Normally this gathering of athletics federation representatives meets in person at the annual World Mountain Running Championships. Unfortunately, because the world championships originally scheduled to take place earlier this month in Lanzarote, Spain was cancelled, the… Read more »

World Mountain Running Association Announces 2021 World Cup

World Cup

World Cup announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Above photo by Marco Gulberti. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. The World Mountain Running Association is pleased to present the 2021 World Cup calendar with events in the United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria…. Read more »

Sara McCormack & Sylvain Cachard Conquer Italy’s Trofeo Nasego Mountain Race

Trofeo Nasego

Trofeo Nasego race recap written by Alberto Stretti. Photo credits: Damiano Benedetto and Marco Gulberti. More race photos are available on One Italy’s premier national mountain running events, Trofeo Nasego, on Sunday became a top-flight international event in absence of the now cancelled 2020 World Mountain Running Championships. Prior to the race Sylvain Cachard… Read more »

Henry Aymonod and Valentina Belotti Win Italy’s Vertical Nasego


Written by Alberto Stretti. Photos: Damiano Benedetto and Marco Gulberti. In a really tough day due to very bad weather, Henry Aymonod (Italy) and Valentina Belotti (Italy) are the 2020 winners of the vertical kilometer “Vertical Nasego” in Casto in northern Italy. Belotti started women’s Vertical Nasego competition with Mojica Koligar (Slovenia) head to head… Read more »

The 2020 World Mountain Running Championships Are Cancelled

The 2020 World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships originally scheduled for November 13/14 in Lanzarote, Spain have been cancelled by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). As a result of this cancellation, US team selection which was supposed to start this month, has been suspended. The USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail… Read more »

New Selection Criteria for 2020 USATF Mountain Running Team

USATF Mountain Running

[Editors UPDATE September 6, 2020 – The World Mountain Running Championships have been cancelled. The USATF MUT Council will not name a team in 2020. Selection criteria for the 2021 World Mountain Running Championships will be announced in December.] The following is the updated selection criteria for the 2020 USATF Mountain Running Team scheduled to… Read more »

WMRA Tallies Votes for the Greatest Mountain Race of All Time

Mountain Race

The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) conducted a fun competition over the past few weeks with thousands of fans voting for their favorite mountain race through a knockout competition. The ultimate quest was to identify the greatest mountain race of all time, and with all the votes counted, the winning race is Slovenia’s Smarna Gora…. Read more »