CANFRANC PIRINEOS 2025 TO HOST THE NEXT WORLD MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP
CANFRANC PIRINEOS 2025 TO HOST THE NEXT WORLD MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP. Canfranc-Pirineos 2025has officially being announced from the World Athletics as the next host of the World Athletics Mountain and Trail World Championship.
The third edition of the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) will take place in Canfranc-Pirineos, Spain, between 25-28 September 2025.
CANFRANC PIRINEOS 2025
WORLD MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP
The event, which will take place in September 2025, includes five sporting events, as well as a leisure and cultural festival, which will last all summer, to promote the mountain range.
The awarding of the event to Canfranc in the Pyrenees follows a successful bid by the Government of Aragon, the Canfranc Town Council, the Huesca Provincial Council, the Higher Sports Council and the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) to event partners the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), alongside World Athletics.
The Aragonese proposal has been based on the confidence and solidity of a project that is backed by long experience in organizing sporting events such as CanfrancCanfranc, with 16 editions already behind it. This has been assessed by the committee made up of World Athletics, the International Association Of Ultrarunners (IAU), the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA).
Around 1,700 athletes from 70 countries are expected to meet in September 2025 at the CANFRANCPYRENEES World Cup, which will take over from Innsbruck (Austria), the city that will host the championship from June 6 to 10 of this year. It will be the first time that Spain celebrates a unified world cup of these characteristics, where the total economic return is expected to be around 30 million euros.
The celebration of this race in Aragón will also be a historic occasion, since it will coincide with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of this competition, born in 1985 from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and refounded together with World Athletics, the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) in the new unified edition of Mountain and Trail Running that started in Thang Mai 2022 (Thailand).
The candidacy proposal not only includes the sports aspect with the five modalities (Junior sub20, Uphill, Classic, Marathon and Ultra), but the Pyrenees will also host a mountain festival with multiple activities to enjoy and discover the best of nature, history and traditions of the Pyrenees mountain range, which will host this competition for the first time.
It will enable each athlete to perform to the best of their ability and create a complete competitive experience for athletes as well as for teams, federations and international associations.
This is proven by the long list of World Champions who have raced and triumphed in the CanfrancCanfranc; from the Kenyan Joyce Njeru to the American Grayson Murphy, or the British Charlotte Morgan, without forgetting the Spanish Oihana Kortazar, Manuel Merillas or the Jacetan Luis Alberto Hernando and Daniel Osanz.
Canfranc has already applied for this World Cup, finishing second in the process, only behind Innsbruck (Austria), a city that has hosted the Olympics twice.
“On behalf of the LOC, we are thrilled to be hosting the 2025 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in our country and look forward to welcoming the best mountain and trail runners from all corners of the globe,” said RFEA President Raul Chapado.
“It is our great pleasure to see the joint initiative to organise the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships continue its great momentum and we are excited that the third WMTRC will take place in Canfranc, Spain, in 2025 in the beautiful Pyrenees – a paradise for mountain and trail running,” said ITRA President Janet Ng, IAU President Nadeem Khan and WMRA President Tomo Šarf in a joint statement.
CANFRANC PIRINEOS 2025:
The Aragonese proposal was backed by great experience in the organisation of sporting events such as the Canfranc-Canfranc, an annual event that features two Gold level Valsir Mountain Running World Cup races.
RUNNING IN A UNIQUE AND PRIVILEGED ENVIRONMENT
The organization of Canfranc Pirineos 2025 is fully aware that technical excellence is an essential requirement to organize an international competition such as the Mountain and Trail Running World Championship.
The routes have been carefully planned, taking international requirements into account, while offering the experience of running in a unique and privileged environment. Sustainable development recommendations will also be rigorously applied. The proposals for the different modalities are:
- JUNIOR 6k | 6.2 KM | 303M±
Start and finish line: Canfranc-Estación. The race runs along the eastern slope of Monte de Los Arañones.The ascent is made through the Epifanio Ravine and the Cargates and Picaubé Ravines.The entire race takes place inside the Canfranc Forest and during it you can see a large part of the work that was carried out at the beginning of the 20th century to protect the Canfranc International Station from the avalanches of snow that fell.
It is a test that goes up from Rioseta to the top of Tuca Blanca. The route is almost entirely a path and, although there are very hard climbs at the beginning and at the end, it also has some flat areas. It is a race in a wonderful environment and at the foot of the legendary Pico de Aspe, with one of the most beautiful views of the entire area at the finish line. Its nearly 1,000 meters of positive elevation gain in just over 4 kilometers make it a tough test within the reach of very few.
Start and finish line: Canfranc-Estación. The race runs along the eastern slope of Monte de Los Arañones. The ascent is made through the Epifanio Ravine and the Cargates and Picaubé Ravines. The entire race takes place inside the Canfranc Forest and during it you can see a large part of the work that was carried out at the beginning of the 20th century to protect the Canfranc International Station from the avalanches of snow that fell.
- SHORT TRAIL
After a first ascent of 1,500 positive metres, a rapid and technical descent begins to the valley of Izas. It continues with a vertical kilometer to Larraca, to then cross the Astún valley and the ski slopes of Candanchú.
The last part of the race runs through Loma Verde and the base of Pico Aspe, one of the most beautiful and wild areas of the route, before reaching Collado de Estiviellas, where the last long descent to the finish line begins.
This route already has 16 editions of the CanfrancCanfranc behind it and has hosted the Spanish Master Championships and the Long Distance World Cup. International runners of the stature of Luis Alberto Hernando, Thibaut Baronian, Charlotte Morgan or Oihana Kortazar have emerged as winners in this test.
- LONG TRAIL
The race runs through some of the most emblematic places in the Canfranc Valley, such as Pico de La Moleta, Canal de Izas, Canal Roya, Circo de Astún or the Loma Verde area. In addition, the route enters the south of France, passing through one of the icons of the Pyrenees: the Ibones de Ayous
CANFRANC MOUNTAIN PARADISE & TRAIL RUNNING
One of the main strengths of the candidacy lies in the long experience in organizing sporting events of the CanfrancCanfranc, with 16 years behind it. The test was born in 2007 and in 2025 it will have 19 editions, with races ranging from 100 kilometers to a vertical of 4 kilometers, passing through distances of 70, 45, 25 and 16 kilometers. A whole national and international event for all types of runners.
In fact, the CanfrancCanfranc was the first race of this level to be held in Spain in 2020, during a pandemic, implementing all the necessary protocols to guarantee safety. Not only that, it has also been a pioneer among mountain races around the world in financing and implementing the highest sports standards, including WADA anti-doping controls, with the same protocols as World Championships or Olympic Games.
In 2021, the WMRA World Cup landed for the first time in Canfranc, repeating in 2022, the year in which CanfrancCanfranc was proclaimed “Best Mountain Race 2021” by the RFEA. This 2023 will once again host two events of the WMRA Silent Cup, its Uphill and Classic modalities.
In 2024, Canfranc-Canfranc will host the World Master Championship, which will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2025 Mountain and Trail Running World Championships.
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