WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS THAILAND POSTPONED NOV22
WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS THAILAND POSTPONED NOV2022. The first unified mountain and trail racing world championship in the history of Athletics, scheduled for NOV21 in Thailand, is postponed again, now to NOV22.
Last weekend’s WMRA Nations Cup with 15 nations in contention remains as well as the only Mountain and Trail team competition in three black years 2019-22. We review video summary (in English) before seeing details of the second postponement World Thailand.
WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THAILAND POSTPONED TO NOV 2022
As the WMRA (World Mountain Running Association) has just made official today, the first edition of the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) scheduled for November 11-14, 2021 in Chiang Mai, Thailand will be postponed to NOV 2022.
The first unified World Athletics has five modalities: The four WMRA classics (Uphill, Classic, Long Distance and Juveniles) that have been held since 1985. Plus the fifth, of the IAU Ultra World Championship that has been held since 2007.
The joint statement by WMRA, ITRA and IAU came today during an online conference organized by World Athletics on mountain and trail running, where the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the organizers confirmed to the Member Federations and other interested participants about the status of the first World Cup. Mountain and Trail (“WMTRC”).
According to the previous update of August 19, it was first decided to hold the 1st WMTRC in Thailand in February 2022. This would only have been a brief postponement of the original date in November 2021, which would have been easier for the Member Federations that were already planning. participating in the event.
Unfortunately, given the current uncertainty of the current situation both in the host country and around the world, we have had to make the decision to definitively postpone the event until November 2022.
WORLD MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL POSTPONED AGAIN, TO NOV22.
OFFICIAL DECISION YESTERDAY
According to the organizers, the final decision was made yesterday, November 2, as the full details for the reopening of Thailand to international tourists (i.e. the political context on which the existence of the Championships depends) were only announced on November 1.
As it stands now, according to those involved, the current policy does not allow the event to happen in the proper way for the sport, given that athletes from certain countries, as well as unvaccinated athletes, would be subject to long quarantines if they could not enter the country.
While there is likely to be scope for exemptions, resolving them would further extend the deadlines for a decision, and we have decided to remain committed to informing the Federations of the plans in early November, without further delay.
In addition, the organization has not even been able to access chiang Mai’s host region for site visits yet, as the country reopened for non-quarantined visits only on November 1, 2021 (and not on October 1, as initially planned).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL THAILAND: NEXT STEPS
The following provisional dates will apply to the November 2022 Championships.
• July 2022 general information sheet with registration details
• August 2022 Deadline for preliminary registration form
• September 2022 team manual version
• October 2022 Deadline for final registration form
Age limits will now be moved to 2022.
• Junior athletes must be between the ages of 16 and 19 by December 31, 2022
• The minimum age limit for senior mountain races is 18 years on December 31, 2022
• The minimum age limit for trail races is 20 years on December 31, 2022
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL THAILAND
As you can see, the organization maintains headquarters and program, so we are going to remind you of the same. It will consist of a four-day, action-packed program that will include the three historic modalities of the WMRA Mountain Running World Championships born in 1985 such as the Uphill, Classic and Long Distance, plus the ultra usual of the IAU Trail Running World Championship born in 2007.
Thailand’s proposal was the only one that stood firm until the end, at the time among the 50 pre-candidates. Therefore, the verification from World Athletics has focused more on ensuring the technical and logistical capacity of the local organizing committee, since it did not have any direct final rival.
Located 700 km north of Bangkok, on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai offers a very striking landscape, for many perhaps the largest and most beautiful in the northern part of Thailand. The mountainous environment and the city’s growing reputation for massive outdoor sporting events make it, as proclaimed since its candidacy, the perfect place to host the first unified World Championships in the history of world athletics.
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.
Therefore, based on a unique 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 continues to manage the MOUNTAIN RUNNING WORLD CUP alone, which is until now the only official world circuit of Athletics in this sport. In the same way, to alleviate the lack of international competition teams since 2019 has just played the WMRA NATIONS CUP whose starting video with the Spanish team we review now below.