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World Cup Calendar 2022

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With 12 Gold Label races across 6 countries and 9 locations, and a further 5 Silver Label races in 5 different countries, the 2022 WMRA World Cup promises 5 months of quality racing in the mountains.

 "I'm delighted to announce the new 2022 WMRA World Cup calendar," said World Cup Manager, Justin Maxwell. "We start with a relatively new but exciting race in Montemuro and we finish at Chiavenna-Lagunc KV, a race steeped in history. In between we have an array of classic mountain running events, some new, some old, but all unique in one way or another. A true mountain running test for any aspiring World Cup Champion.

"I'd like to thank all of the race organisers who applied to be part of the 2022 WMRA World Cup, we are very grateful for your support."

All World Cup events are World Athletics Permit Mountain Races.

Races fall into one of 3 categories; Short Uphill, Classic Mountain and Long Mountain. As well as the overall World Cup standings, calculated from an athlete's best 6 results, there will also be a classification for each category, calculated from an athlete's best 3 results in that category.

In 2021 the winners were...

  Women's Winner Men's Winner

Joyce Muthoni Njeru

Henri Aymonod

Short Uphill

Andrea Mayr

Henri Aymonod

Classic Mountain

Joyce Muthoni Njeru

Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu

Long Mountain

Charlotte Morgan

Raúl Criado Sánchez


The Races

World Cup Poster Leah SMLThe 2022 World Cup kicks off on June 19th with its first ever visit to Portugal for Montemuro Vertical Run, a race making its first appearance on the circuit in only its second edition. Although it comes in the Classic category it's short and sharp. At just 9.5km and 980m+, it will be an hard race for anyone who comes into the World Cup season at anything less than 100%.

From a new addition, we go to an established classic. On July 10th it's the 23rd edition of Großglockner Berglauf. This is a spectacular race, climbing 1,265m+ in 13.4km against the backdrop of Austria's highest mountain. From the valley, it first follows the river, then passes the Pasterze glacier, before a savagely steep final climb takes the runners to the finish at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe.

Next we go to France La Montée du Nid d'Aigle on July 16th, a race which made its first appearance in the World Cup in 2021 and returns for 2022. From Saint Gervais to Refuge du Nid d'Aigle, runners climb 2,000m in 19.5km with only 100m of descending. In 2021 we saw furious racing and fast times; a new men's course record for Xavier Chevrier and Lucy Murigi coming within 2 seconds of Isabelle Guillot's long-standing mark.

Two weeks later we have the first double-header of the World Cup at Giir di Mont in Premana, Italy. The short uphill race on Saturday 30th July is a new addition but its double status as a World Cup race and the Italian uphill championship is sure to draw a quality field. Sunday 31st sees the classic long race, which hosted the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in 2017. At 32km with 2,400m+, it's the longest race in the World Cup this year.

Then on 13th August we go to Switzerland for The Race of the Five 4000s, Sierre-Zinal. Despite attracting the deepest field in mountain running, Maud Mathys and Kilian Jornet have had a stranglehold on this race in recent years, racking up consecutive wins and breaking course records in the process. Will 2022 be the year Maud and Kilian are finally beaten? Would-be successors have 32km with 2,200m+ and 1,100m- to make an impression. 

September brings 2 more double weekends. First, on the 3rd and 4th, it's Vertical Nasego and Trofeo Nasego. The uphill race climbs 1,000m in 4.2k, while the long race is 21.5k, 1,336m+. We saw some fantastic racing here in 2021 with Grayson Murphy and Andrea Mayr going toe to toe on consecutive days and coming away with a win and a second place each. You can be sure these classic races will provide similar excitement in 2022.

Anais Sabrie at La Montee du Nid dAigleThen we head to Canfran-Estación in the Aragonese Pyrenees for Canfranc-Canfranc. Again, there are 2 races here but this time the athletes get a day off in between. The uphill race, 4.4km and 927m, appears in the World Cup in its very first edition on Friday the 9th, while the classic 16km, with 1,195m of climbing, is on Sunday the 11th. These are hard races on rough, technical terrain. Will the extra rest time tempt athletes to try the the double?

October comes around and only 2 races remain. First, on the 2nd, we say goodbye to the high mountains and kaixo to the Basque Country for Zumaia Flysch Trail, 22km and 850m+. The only coastal race in the calendar this year is an opportunity for the athletes to experience the stunning scenery of a UNESCO Geopark and the overwhelming Basque enthusiasm for mountain running.

The season closes, as it did last year, with KV Chiavenna-Lagunc on the 8th of October. Climbing 1,000m in just 3.2km, this is the place to come for a fast vertical kilometre times; Bernard De Matteis and Andrew Mayr’s course records, 30’27” and 35’40” respectively are positively eye-watering. With bonus points on offer in the last race of the season, athletes have every incentive to give it everything here.

Silver label races

In addition to the 12 World Cup Gold Label races, this year we are introducing 5 World Cup Silver Label races, giving athletes further opportunities to earn World Cup points in countries such as Peru, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovenia and Portugal.

The 5 Silver Label races are:

22/05 Seven Sisters Skyline (IRE) Long

02/07 One Hundred Douro-Paiva (POR) Long

07/08 Krkonossky Half Marathon (CZE) Classic

25/08 Andes Race (PER) Long

01/10 Smarna Gora (SLO) Classic