WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 THAILAND. 4 DIFFERENT RACES. UPHILL, CLASSIC, LONG DISTANCE Y ULTRA.

Chiang Mai, Thailand will host inaugural World Mountain & Trail Running Championships on 11-14 November 2021. It will feature 40KM and 80KM trail races, classic mountain races for Seniors and Juniors, and a vertical uphill race. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe: “we encourage runners of all kinds to explore everything our sport has to offer”.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MOUNTAIN RUNNING & TRAIL 2021, THAILAND,CHANG MAI (11-14NOV)

The First Edition of the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) will be held 11-14 November 2021, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Over the four days, the action-packed championships program will include vertical uphill mountain races, short and long trail races for senior athletes and the classic mountain races for both seniors and juniors.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MOUNTAIN RUNNING

After the public process of candidacies opened more than a year ago, which attracted a first interest from almost 50 possible venues, Thailand’s proposal was the only one that stood firm until the end Therefore, the verification from World Athletics has focused more in ensuring the technical and logistical capacity of the local organizing committee, since it did not have any direct final rival.

Situated 700km north of Bangkok, on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai offers unforgettable scenery of the most beautiful and the largest tourist spot in the northern part of Thailand. The mountainous surroundings and the city’s growing reputation for outdoors mass sporting events make it the perfect place to host the first-ever combined World Championships.

UNIFICATION WMRA – IAU – ITRA.

​​This new biennial event further develops the partnership between the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), with support from World Athletics. 

As you can see, within the tradition of World Athletics, a biennial World Cup is currently planned. The year 2022 is reserved for the Continental Championships, such as the 2022 European Championships that is scheduled in El Paso, La Palma.

Therefore, based on a single definition for mountain and trail running within the athletics family, it replaces the successful World Championships held respectively by WMRA since 1985 and IAU since 2007. However, WMRA will continue to manage in solitary the MOUNTAIN RUNNING WORLD CUP, which is until now the only official world circuit of Athletics in this sport.

Building on the creation of a single definition for mountain and trail running within the athletics family, it replaces the successful separate World Championships held respectively by WMRA and IAU/ITRA. 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING 2021: THAILAND CELEBRATES THE SUCCESS.

This new global festival is designed to attract the best elite trail and mountain runners, as well as provide opportunities for mass participation runners to test themselves on the same courses.  It is an exciting development that aims to provide athletes, brands, athletics associations, media and fans of the sport with a clear, recognizable product in the global calendar of this burgeoning running discipline.

Minister of Tourism and Sport of Thailand, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said I am delighted that, the Tourism Authority of Thailand under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport is ready to support and to be a part of the 1st edition of the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships.  We are looking forward to being able to host athletes and countries from all over the world for what we believe will be a special event that will showcase the best of Chiang Mai and mountain and trail running, I would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to host such a new and exciting world class event.

Deputy Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thapanee Kiatphaibool said We would like to use “Amazing Thailand” as the naming of this event. ​Amazing Thailand has always been associated with Major Sports events in our country. We are proud to be a part of WMTRC2021 and hope that the world-class event will attract thousands of competitors and families to join us as we believe that this event will be one of the most unforgettable in The land of Smiles, Thailand  

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING 2021: ATHLETICS CELEBRATES UNIFICATION.

Welcoming the announcement, Presidents of the WMRA, IAU, and ITRA – Jonathan Wyatt, Nadeem Khan, and Bob Crowley said We are delighted to be able to end such a difficult year as 2020 with the announcement of our first-ever joint mountain and trail world championships. Chiang Mai has a growing reputation for hosting quality off road running events, and we are sure it will provide excellent courses to enable the best runners to test themselves against one another.  Working with World Athletics, we know that mountain and trail running has a massive part to play in getting more people physically active, and we look forward to working with the local organizing committee to develop a truly global festival of running for both elite and mass runners’

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said The announcement reflects the common interests and growing collaboration of our four organizations, who share the ambition of promoting running in all its guises. Our closer ties will create more opportunities for distance runners to compete in varying environments and take on different challenges, whether it be in the spectacular natural settings that mountain and trail events offer, or in more traditional events on the road or the track. That versatility and range of opportunities are one of running’s great attractions and we encourage runners of all kinds to explore everything our sport has to offer.

WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP 2021: PROGRAM.

  • Friday 12th November – 40km trail race, followed by the vertical uphill races in the evening
  • Saturday 13th November – 80km trail race
  • Sunday 14th November – Classic up and down mountain races for seniors and juniors

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