WRMA WORLD CUP TROFEO NASEGO RACE PREVIEW. Our section devoted to WMRA WORLD CUP travels now on to Italy for the Trofeo Nasego. The event will hold two races: A vertical and a classic.

Casto, Italy will hot the first Vertical Nasego on Saturday 4th September and then Trofeo Nasego on Sunday 5th September. World Champions will attend, with american Grayson Murphy leading the pack.

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WMRA WORLD CUP Trofeo Nasego, Foto Damiano Benedetto




Stage 7 for Mountain Running series.


Vertical Nasego is stage 7 of this year’s World Cup and it’s our next short uphill race at 4.3k with 1000m of ascent. It’s a tough short uphill race, which will see the athletes using their hands in the steepest parts, as they make their way up to the finish at 1,400m.

Then it’s straight onto Trofeo Nasego for stage 8 where athletes will take on this 20th edition of the race, consisting of 21k with 1330m of ascent. This makes it our next classic mountain race. The first half of the race is fast and then at 12k the runners begin their big climb up to Refugio Nasego, before the final steep descent.

Both races always attract a top field and this year’s may well be the best ones ever assembled. And most athletes will contest both Vertical Nasego and Trofeo Nasego.




Grayson Murphy (USA) comes to Italy.

Defending World Champion to race in Europe


Grayson Murphy (USA), the defending World Champion for Mountain Running Classic, was recently crowned US National Mountain Running Champion. After her first application for Zegama was rejected ny the organizers in the past, now she will be racing in Europe for the first time.

It’s going to be really exciting to see her in the mix with some top European and African talent. She’ll be reunited with her fellow athletes from that podium at the 2019 World Championships, Elise Poncet (FRA) and Philippa Williams (GBR) for starters.

Also on the start line will be Andrea Mayr (AUT), fresh from winning Challenge Stellina and six time World Champion and record holder at Vertical Nasego, among many other accolades.

She’ll be joined by the reigning World Cup winner Sarah McCormack (IRE), who won Trofeo Nasego last year. It’ll be great to see Sarah taking part in her first World Cup race this year.



Kenyan athletes to strive for gold. Lucy Murigi top contender

As always there will be strong competition from Kenyan athletes. Lucy Murigi, two-time World Champion is currently lying 5th in the World Cup, will always be one to watch. So will Joyce Njeru, who is having a great season, having won at Grossglockner and Krkonossky. Charlotte Morgan (GBR), the current leader in the World Cup, will also be toeing the line.

But there will be plenty of Italian competition out to win on home turf. Alice Gaggi, currently second in the World Cup, is expected to do well, as are Erica and Francesca Ghelfi, and Lorenza Beccaria, who is also having a good run in the World Cup. Athletes like Susanna Saapunki (FIN), Lucie Marsanova (CZE), Mocja Koligar (SLO) and Timea Merenyi (HUN) could also feature.


Men’s fight : Cesare Maestri (ITA) vs. Marek Chraschina (CZE)

The men’s race will also bring together podium finishers from the last World Championship as silver medallist, Cesare Maestri (ITA), will face Marek Chraschina (CZE) for a rematch.

But can anybody beat Henri Aymonod (ITA) in a short uphill race? He is the defending champion here and has since won Chiavenna Lagunc and Piz Tri Vertikal. He also won Challenge Stellina last weekend.

Geoffrey Ndungu (KEN), who won at Krkonossky and is currently lying 3rd in the World Cup rankings, will be a strong contender, as will his compatriot Timothy Kirui, who was 2nd at Krkonossky. Also flying high in the World Cup in 2ndplace is Sandor Szabo (HUN) and Timotej Becan (SLO), who is currently 6th could also feature.


Favourites as Petro Mamu (ERI) and challengers

As well as established favourites like Petro Mamu (ERI) this could also be a race where we see some exciting breakthrough performances from runners such as Tiziano Moia (ITA), who came close to beating Henri Aymonod at Piz Tri Vertikal and is proving himself as a short uphill specialist.

We could also see Italian rising stars such as Luca Merli, Marco Filosi, Alberto Vender, Lorenzo Cagnati and Daniel Pattis doing well. Zak Hanna (IRE) is another rising star who is working hard and seeing the results from it.





Saturday 4th September

  • 10.00 am women’s Vertical Nasego start
  • 10.45 am men’s Vertical Nasego start
  • 2.30 pm awards ceremony
  • 5.00 pm a press conference with some of the elite runners will be held.

Sunday 5th September

  • 9.30am Trofeo Nasego start
  • 2.30pm awards ceremony




Current reigning World Cup champions are Sarah McCormack and Andrew Douglas. Races take place between June 2021 and October 2021 in 8 countries. There are 12 event locations and 16 races in 3 categories: short uphill; classic mountain race; long mountain race.

Runners can take part in as many races as they want, and they get points for their finishing positions. Their best 7 results in the World Cup races count towards their final ranking.

The points scoring format is cumulative. Finishing positions in a WMRA World Cup race range from 100 points for first to 1 point for 30th. There are separate competitions for men and women and athletes must compete in at least two races in order to be considered in the final rankings.



About the WMRA World Ranking

Earlier this year we launched the WMRA World Ranking, a clear, objective and easy to understand tool which has several key goals:

  • To provide a race directory for the top mountain races all over the world
  • To give a rolling 365 day ranking of mountain running performances, showing who the top mountain runners are today, based on current results
  • To implement a transparent and easy to understand scoring system, with no hidden algorithms or formulae

Results of the World Cup races (and all mountain races) can be found on the World Ranking site: https://ranking.wmra.info/






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