World Cup Race Report: Italy’s Chiavenna-Lagunc

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: Marco Gulberti.

Andrea Mayr and Henri Aymonod crowned champions at Chiavenna-Lagunc. Joyce Muthoni Njeru (KEN) and Henri Aymonod (ITA) are newly crowned 2021 Mountain Running World Cup champions.

The grand finale of this year’s WMRA Mountain Running World Cup at Chiavenna-Lagunc lived up to all expectations. This historic vertical kilometer race was a fitting setting to decide the winners of the short uphill category and the overall World Cup. This course was the world’s first certified vertical kilometer and it’s seen some incredible performances over the years. The course records to beat were Bernard De Matteis’s 30’27” and Andrea Mayr’s 35’40”.

The list of athletes taking part certainly looked like the course records could be threatened. For the women we had Andrea Mayr (AUT), Sarah McCormack (IRE), Joyce Njeru (KEN), Charlotte Morgan (GBR), Alice Gaggi (ITA), Lucy Murigi (KEN), Timea Merenyi (HUN), Francesca and Erica Ghelfi (ITA), Charlotte Cotton (BEL), Mojca Koligar (SLO), Camilla Magliano (ITA) and Kitti Posztos (HUN). For the men two-time winner Henri Aymonod – pictured above – (ITA), Sandor Szabo (HUN), Geoffrey Ndungu (KEN), Raul Criado (ESP), Petro Mamu (ERI), Timotej Becan (SLO), Alberto Vender (ITA), Tiziano Moia (ITA) and Nadir Maguet (ITA). A mix of short uphill specialists and athletes more comfortable with longer races, but committed to adding to their World Cup points totals.


Andrea Mayr. Photo: Marco Gulberti.

The women set off on the Chiavenna-Lagunc course first, at 20 seconds intervals, with the top ranking athletes going last. It was an exciting morning seeing the top 3 change as the competition progressed. Eventually it was Andrea Mayr who won by a huge margin, but an agonizing 1 second outside of her own course record in 35.41. In second place it was Francesca Ghelfi in 39.16 and in third last year’s winner Sarah McCormack in 39.56.

Then it was time for the men to tackle Chiavenna-Lagunc, also at 20 second intervals. This was an incredibly close race, with the top 6 all within 90 seconds of each other. It was no surprise to find Henri Aymonod coming out on top – his third victory here in a row – in 31.40. Tiziano Moia was second in 32.18 and Nadir Maguet completed the Italian clean sweep in 32.40.

Full results can be found at:

More race photos by Marco Gulberti can be found at:

So our short uphill category winners in this year’s World Cup are Andrea Mayr and Henri Aymonod.

Overall 2021 Mountain Running World Cup results are now available on the WMRA website. Joyce Muthoni Njeru (KEN) and Henri Aymonod (ITA) are the newly crowned 2021 Mountain Running World Cup champions. Top American’s in the overall ranking are Grayson Murphy (9th) and Darren Thomas (14th).

Francesca Ghelfi. Photo: Marco Gulberti.

About the WMRA Mountain Running World Cup:
Races take place between June 2021 and October 2021 in 8 countries. There are 12 event locations and 16 races in 3 categories: short uphill; classic mountain race; long mountain race. Runners can take part in as many races as they want, and they get points for their finishing positions. Their best 7 results in the World Cup races count towards their final ranking. The points scoring format is cumulative. Finishing positions in a WMRA World Cup race range from 100 points for first to 1 point for 30th. There are separate competitions for men and women and athletes must compete in at least two races in order to be considered in the final rankings. See full calendar for World Cup races at:

About the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA):
Formed in 1984, we are the global governing body for mountain running and we have the goal of promoting mountain running for all ages and abilities. As well as the World Cup we organize Masters, U18 and regional championships and this year we will work in partnership with the World Athletics, International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and the International Association of Ultrarunners IAU to deliver the first World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Thailand. More information at:

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