WORLD MOUNTAINRUNNING CHAMPS: LUCY MURIGI AND VICTOR KIPLANGAT TO DEFEND THEIR 2017 TITLES
40 nations are on their way to Sunday's competition in Canillo, Andorra for the 34th World Mountain Running champs by WMRA/IAAF. It's one of Europes smaller countries but it boasts very big mountains and is a perfect location for the 2018 Championships.
On steep mountain tracks, athletes from all over the world will battle it out in a discipline now growing to global level after the recent announcemtent of the co-operation between the WMRA / ITRA and the IAAF.
The winners of Premana 2017 will be in the competition in Canillo 2018 as title-defenders making the races very exciting and bringing the element of winning both an uphill and up and down World title into the equation. Very few runners in the history of Mountain Running have been able to win back to back. For first time on an uphill only World Mountain Champs the distances will be equal for men and women.
As the athletics family continues to grow with an expansion into new territories, 2021 will be a major milestone year for the sports of trail and mountain running with the inauguration of the IAAF World Trail and Mountain Running Championships, a result of a unique partnership between the IAAF, ITRA and WMRA.
A great field of international elite Mountain Runners headed more than 200 athletes this morning on the tracks of Memorial Partigiani Stellina Susa, which celebrated its 30th birthday.
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary, the Stellina returned to the original course-track, made up of 14,4 km and 1â€™630 mt of positive ascent, a very demanding course from the center of Susa, under the magnificent Arch of Emperor Augustus, to the Partisan Brigadeâ€™s memorial stone at Costa Rossa, after having also passed through the Grange Sevine, a symbolic place of the battle for freedom.
On Sunday 26 August the Memorial Partigiani Stellina celebrates its 30th birthday. The first edition was organized in 1989, when a group of friends animated by the passion for mountain running, Adriano Aschieris, Mario Pisano and Don Gianpiero Piardi, with the support of local club Atletica Susa, gave life together with the Bolaffi family and the Olympic champion of Rome 1960 Livio Berruti, at the first mountain race recognized by the IAAF.
History with a capital H, passing from the Roman period and from the Arch of Augustus of Susa to the Second World War with the commemoration of the battle of the Grange Sevine where the partisans, led by the commander Aldo Laghi, alias Giulio Bolaffi, defeated Nazis Army.To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary, the Stellina returns to the original course-track.