WMRA WORDL CUP MOUNTAIN RUNNING: TATRA RUN RACE VICTORIES FOR MARCIN KUBICA & CHARLOTTE MORGAN
WMRA WORDL CUP MOUNTAIN RUNNING: Tatra Run Race victories for Marcin Kubica and Charlotte Morgan. The Tatras Race Run in Zakopane, Poland, kicked off this morning at 6.30AM with its fierce 24k / 2,090M+
USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria. These are the locations who will be staging the 2021 WMRA World Cup. It is really pleasing to be able to present today the Tatra Race that will be cellebrated this weekend in Zakopane, Poland.
WMRA WORLD CUP 2021: TATRA RUN RACE
The hugely anticipated first race in the 2021 World Cup took place on Sunday 27th June, in Zakopane, Poland. Tatra Race Run was the venue for stage one and it was classified as a long mountain race, at 24km, with around 1700m of ascent.
The Tatra Mountains provided a stunning backdrop to the opening stage of the World Cup. The mountain range is the highest in the Carpathian Mountains, which span Poland and Slovakia. The area is a dream for mountain sport and we were really excited to experience it for the first time.
The race hub was at Zakopane, with registration taking place on the Saturday. Runners were transported to the start at Kuźnice for a 6.30am start. The route then took them through the Kondracka Pass and Czerwone Wierchy to the Tomanowa Valley and the Hala Ornak, and then through the Iwaniacka Przełęcz, the Starorobociańska and Chochołowska Valley to the finish line at Siwa Polana.
TATRA RACE RUN 24 KM +1700 M
Athletes have competed on a route of 24 kilometres with 1700 metres of positive elevation. The course have taken the runners along the Tatra paths and ridges from Zakopane to Kościelisko. They will start at Kuźnice and run through the Kondracka Pass and Czerwone Wierchy to the Tomanowa Valley and the Hala Ornak, and then through the Iwaniacka Przełęcz, the Starorobociańska and Chochołowska Valley to the finish line at Siwa Polana.
TATRA RACE RUN: RACE CHRONICLE
307 runners started, with 8 countries represented. Among the favourites were Italian runners Alice Gaggi, Bernard and Martin Dematteis, Lorenza Beccaria and Henry Aymonod. A strong contingent travelled from Hungary, including Sandor Szabo, who finished 8th in the 2019 World Cup. The World Cup debut of Spain’s Raul Criado was also hotly anticipated. Despite a few other GB and Ireland athletes appearing on the initial start list, Charlotte Morgan, world long distance mountain running champion of 2018 was the only British runner, and a strong contender. There was also a deep field of strong Polish runners, some of whom we’ve seen in previous World Cup and World Championship competitions, and it was clear they would also be challenging for the podium.
CHARLOTTE MORGAN,WOMEN’S WINNER.
The women’s race was close at the front, with Alice Gaggi and Charlotte Morgan exchanging the lead. In the end it was Charlotte Morgan who came out on top, winning in 2.46.03. Alice Gaggi was just a minute behind in the end (2.47.12), followed by Polish runner Iwona Januszyk in third (2.50.51). Lorenza Beccaria was close behind in 2.51.36, then there was a gap to fifth placed Lucie Marsanova from the Czech Republic (3.06.56) and local runner from Zakopane Katarzyna Jakiela-Rzadkosz was sixth (3.07.35).
Full results: https://bgtimesport.pl/online/open/zaw_id/510/bieg/TRR
MARCIN KUBICA, MEN’S WINNER.
In the men’s race exciting young Polish talent Marcin Kubica led from the initial stages through to the finish, winning in 2.18.51. He’s taken part in 3 World Championships and 2 European Championships as a junior and it will be exciting to see him taking part in more races this year. He was chased by compatriot Piotr Lobodzinski, who is probably best known as two-time world tower running champion. Piotr finished in second in 2.20.21, with Vertical Kilometre champion Henry Aymonod third in 2.21.40. Martin and Bernard Dematteis finished in fourth and fifth respectively in 2.23.23 and 2.24.20, with Sandor Szabo sixth in 2.25.34.
NEXT RACE: GROSSGLOCKNER, AUSTRIA.
After so long without a World Cup race we are thrilled to be able to bring you races again. Next stop is Grossglockner in Heiligenblut, Austria on 11th July. Over the years this event has brought us some incredible racing and we look forward to experiencing it again.
TATRA RACE RUN: PHOTO GALLERY BY MARCO GULBERTI
WMRA WORLD CUP 2021 CALENDAR
Summary 2021 World Cup key facts:
12 Event locations
16 Races in 3 categories
- 26JUN Poland debuts with the Tatra Race Run on a 24k/+2.019 in the country’s iconic mountains. It’ll be the second Long Mountain race.
- 11JUL We returned to Grossglockner Berglauf in Heilenblut, Austria, on July 11th for the next Classic Mountain. Runners will face the 13km race with 1265m climb (no descent) against the stunning backdrop of Austria’s highest mountain ascent. http://www.grossglocknerberglauf.at/berglauf.html/
- 17JUL Spectacular meeting at the foot of Mont Blanc with La Monteé du Nide d’Agle in Saint Gervais. Race in Classic Mountain mode to the iconic refuge of the Mont Blanc normal route, climbing 2,000m in 19.5km.
- 24JUL Second date in Poland with the Tatra Sky Marathon, thihs time as Long Mountain about 42k/+3,300m.
- 7AUG The world’s highest level mountain race arrives: The Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland, celebrates its 48th edition with more than 4,000 bibs running. The 2019 edition will be remembered for the double record achieved by Jornet and Mahtys. In 2021 it will race in Long Mountain mode on its iconic 31k/+2,200m. https://www.sierre-zinal.com
- 15AUG. We travel north of the Czech Republic for the Krkonossky Half Marathon. A world cup veteran arrives only a week after Sierre-Zinal and will be the next Classic, on a 21k/+1,200m http://www.maratonstav.cz
- 4-5SEP Journey goes to northern Italy to experience the Vertical Nasego and Nasego Trophy. It will start with the Uphill about 4.2k/+1000m and the next day the Classic about 21.5k/+1.336m. http://www.trofeonasegocorsainmontagna.com/
- 11-12SEP Spain debuts with the spectacular Aragonese Pyrenees offered by Canfranc Canfranc. Will hold two races climbing up to almost three thousand meters of altitude. They will be the 45k/+3910m Long Mountain or the Classic over 16k/+1,600m. https://canfranccanfranc.com
- 26SEP Return to Italy with the Ciolo Trophy. High pace race, about 11km/+496km in Classic mode.
- 3OCT Zumaia Flysch Trail will give the winners of Classic and Long Mountain. There will be a Long Mountain over 42k/+3000m, and also a Classic with 22k/+850m ascent. http://www.zumaiaflyschtrail.com
- 10OCT Vertical Kilometer Chiavenna-Lagunac will give Uphill champion. This classic of Italian mountain racing has already been a WMRA-affiliated race and is known as the “vertical race of records” with a 3.2k/+1,000m trace its conditions are perfect for breaking the world record. http://www.kilometroverticalelagunc.it
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