WMRA. PALENCIA TO HOST THE 2024 INTERNATIONAL U18 MOUNTAIN RUNNING CUP. Our WMRA SECTION is excited to announce Palencia (Spain) to host the International U18 Mountain Running Cup in 2024.

The 17th edition International U18 Mountain Running Cup, co-organised by the Excm. Diputación de Palencia, the RFEA and the WMRA, will be held from 21 to 22 June in “Montaña Palentina” (Spain). This prestigious international event will follow the success of Annecy, France in 2023 and will showcase the world’s top young athletes in the thrilling sport of mountain running, and Palencia is poised to provide an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike.

Oscar Gaitan Mordillo, Spain, winning at U18 Mountain Running Cup, 2023. Photo © MaXi-Race/David Gonthier



The event is planned to take place on June 21st-22nd in Aguilar de Campoo and Barruelo de Santullán, both situated within the Palencia region. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has designated these two primary sites: Aguilar de Campoo will host all institutional events, while Barruelo de Santullán has been chosen as the race venue.

Barruelo de Santullán Photo © Francisco Caballero

Both locations are part of the area known as “Montaña Palentina”, with its deep-rooted history and breathtaking scenery, promises to offer participants and visitors an unforgettable experience beyond the race itself.

Known for its stunning natural landscapes, rugged terrains, and rich cultural heritage, Palencia will undoubtedly provide the perfect backdrop for the U18 Mountain Running Cup

The Race

The race, in Barruelo de Santullán, will cover a distance of 5,5 km with an elevation gained of 200 meters.


The President of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, Raúl Chapado, mentioned: “Trail and Mountain Running is a strategic area for the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation and the celebration in our country of the U18 Mountain Running Cup is a reflection of our commitment. The RFEA’s commitment is global, from the base to the elite, with the organization of at least one annual competition in our borders. An event like this allows athletes to experience a championship at home and, at the same time, bring this discipline to the different corners of our country, making known the charm of places like the Palencia Mountain. We hope to live a weekend of success and that the young people of #EspañaAtletismo spread their Passion for Competing to all Palentinos.”

Tomo Sarf, President of the World Mountain Running Association also added: “We are very happy to see how Spain,  after decades of “observing” the international Mountain running scene, will now host World Cup races in 2023, the U18 Mountain Running Cup and the World Master Mountain Running Championships in 2024 and the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in 2025. Impressive! Looking forward to our cooperation in the next 2 years.”



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