2021 Mountain Running Updates Sunday, July 11 2021
We are currently in the process of finalizing the selection criteria and national championship events for the 2021 season. The national championships will operate as the qualifying race for the 2021 World Mountain and Trail Running Championship in Thailand in mid-November. The national championships will be open to anyone.
We appreciate your patience given that there has been significant uncertainty this year due to the covid-19 pandemic. Based on recent public health updates, it appears that an in-person Canadian Mountain Running Championships in early September is feasible.
Our intention is to officially announce the selection criteria for Worlds including the selection race (or races) in the next week or two. Due to the short timeframe before the national championships, we are aiming to have a qualifying race in the west (Alberta or BC) and in central Canada (Ontario or Quebec). If only one selection race is possible, there will be additional 'at-large' selection spots to ensure that we have adequate representation from across Canada. Due to the dearth of in-person races in the last year, we understand that the selection process may be challenging but we will attempt to balance the criteria as best as possible to allow us to select the most competitive team.
Please note: Due to changes in the structure of the World Championships, the Canadian Mountain Running Associate will no longer be selecting the long distance mountain running national team.
The Canadian Mountain Running Associate, in cooperation with Athletics Canada, will be selecting only the following national teams:
SENIOR VERTICAL UPHILL
SENIOR CLASSIC UP & DOWNHILL
JUNIOR CLASSIC UP & DOWNHILL
THAILAND TO HOST FIRST-EVER JOINT WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2021 Saturday, January 23 2021
Big changes are coming to mountain running in 2021.
Chiang Mai, Thailand will host the inaugural World Mountain & Trail Running Championships on 11-14 November 2021.
The event will feature 40KM and 80KM trail races, classic mountain races for Seniors and Juniors, and a vertical uphill race.
It replaces World Championships previously hosted by the WMRA (mountain running) and the IAU/ITRA (trail).
We will be announcing the selection criteria for the World Championships and details of this year's national championships shortly. Check back soon!
Note that this year the Canadian Mountain Running Association will be selecting competitors for the classic mountain races, and the vertical uphill race. Selection for the 40km and 80km trail races is likely to be selected at events sanctioned by the Association of Canadian Ultrarunners, although this will be confirmed shortly.
World Mountain Running Championships Cancelled Friday, September 4 2020
Regrettably, the 2020 World Mountain and the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships have been cancelled.
As from the World Mountain Running website, WMRA president Jonathan Wyatt said: "It is of course a difficult thing to take away the World Championships this year but in the end the decision to do it was not difficult. We have to make sure that our sports event does not contribute to any sort of worsening of the global pandemic we are facing and we have not seen a big enough improvement to take away these doubts. Therefore, together with our friends in the organisation team (Arista events), the local Haria government on Lanzarote and the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) we have decided that this is the best action to take.
Welcome! The Canadian Mountain Running Association is happy to welcome you to our website. Our goals are to create a highly competitive national team program, and to develop the sport by cultivating relationships at the recreational level with trail race series across the nation.
We are currently seeking major corporate sponsorship to support our National Team program and increase the level of performance of Canadian teams at the World Mountain Running Championships. World Athletics is a Patron of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), to whom it delegates the control of our branch of athletics. The CMRA is similarly patronized b...