Mountain Running World Ranking - Launch
NEW MOUNTAIN RUNNING WORLD RANKING
At the meeting of the 2018 WMRA Congress before the World Championship races in Canillo, Andorra there was an opportunity to present to the Mountain Running community the new initiative of the Mountain Running World Ranking project with the test results so far.
In this first experimental phase, the internal wmra-pool responsible for managing this project examined and monitored 57 races to produce a preliminary World ranking for all athletes involved in mountain running competitions.
The current trial ranking classification is worked out using the following criteria / number of events:
1 x World cup points classification
2 x World mountain running championship race events
5 x World cup races
5 x Continental / area championships
6 x Golden trail series races
10 x National championships
28 x Sanctioned races chosen among the IAAF Label mountain races, the most long-lived and well organized from an organizational and competitive point of view.
49 x Races that have already been accounted for, recently there has been added two events including the IAAF/WMRA Mountain Running World Championship and the Golden Trail Series (ISF Championships) stage at Ring Of Steall in Scotland so the aim is to include a very wide cross section of off road races.
The points were awarded according to the grid launched by the technical commission at the time of the launch of the World Ranking which took place last April, shown below:
This first test analysis had to take into consideration the results of 344 MALE ATHLETES and 328 FEMALE ATHLETES that led to the drafting of this new update.
The experience is proving extremely positive and interesting and WMRA intends to continue with the project by identifying in concert with IAAF a pool of race events in order to prepare a dedicated website to the Ranking. This team is in charge of taking care of contacts with the organizers of the selected races, monitoring in real time events and above all taking care of all relative communication to the media.
In the two top-10s, at the date of this current update (27 September 2018) we find athletes from a wide range of countries and with different specialist off road abilities but the ranking value of each confirms that the best mountain running athletes are those who compare themselves with others several times during the season, taking part in the most important events to identify and create a sense of belonging to this sport that can be easily recognisable by the fans. Below is the top 10 Men and Women at 27 September 2018.