World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships (from 2004 up to 2014 the name was World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge),[1] is an annual international mountain running competition organised by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA).

The race is a one-day long-distance running contest for both sexes which has individual and national team aspects. The host for the event changes on an annual basis, with the minimum requirements for the challenge being that the course is no longer than 45 kilometres (28 mi) in distance, includes an uphill ascent of at least 1.6 km (1 mile), and has a rough duration of between one hour and forty-five minutes and four hours for the elite men. The challenge does not take place on specially-made courses, but rather it is incorporated into pre-existing, traditional races.[2]

The competition was first held in 2004 on a course from Sierre to Zinal.[3] Since its inception, the challenge has been hosted at competitions including the Three Peaks Race in the United Kingdom, Switzerland's Jungfrau Marathon, and the Pikes Peak Marathon in the United States.[4] The event has significant variance in its level of participation: the 2007 race at the Jungfrau Marathon attracted over 4200 runners of fifty nationalities, while at the 2011 of the competition there were 405 runners representing a total of 18 countries.[5][6]


Edition Year Race Location Country Date Male Winner Female Winner
1st 2004 Sierre-Zinal Valais    Switzerland 8 August   Ricardo Mejía   Angeline Joly
2nd 2005 Marathon du Vignemale Cauterets   France 24 July   Helmut Schiessl   Emma Murray
3rd 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado   United States 20 August   Matt Carpenter   Emma Murray
4th 2007 Jungfrau Marathon Bernese Oberland    Switzerland 7 September   Jonathan Wyatt   Anita Haakenstad-Evertsen
5th 2008 Three Peaks Race Yorkshire   United Kingdom 26 April   Jethro Lennox   Anna Pichrtová
6th 2009 Kaisermarathon Söll   Austria 10 October   Marc Lauenstein   Anna Pichrtová
7th 2010 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado   United States 21 September   Glenn Randall   Brandy Erholtz
8th 2011 Gorski Maraton Podbrdo   Slovenia 18 June   Mitja Kosovelj   Philippa Maddams
9th 2012 Jungfrau Marathon Bernese Oberland    Switzerland 8 September   Markus Hohenwarter   Stevie Kremer
10th 2013 Maraton Karkonoski Szklarska Poreba   Poland 3 August   Mitja Kosovelj   Antonella Confortola
11th 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent Manitou Springs, Colorado   United States 16 August   Sage Canaday   Allie McLaughlin
12th 2015 Zermatt Marathon Zermatt    Switzerland 4 July   Tommaso Vaccina   Martina Strahl
13th 2016 Gorski Maraton Podbrdo   Slovenia 18 June   Alessandro Rambaldini   Annie Conway
14th 2017 Giir di Mont Premana   Italy 6 August   Francesco Puppi   Silvia Rampazzo
15th 2018[7] Ultramarathon Gorski Karpacz   Poland 24 June   Alessandro Rambaldini   Charlotte Morgan
16th 2019 K42 Adventure Marathon Villa La Angostura   Argentina 16 November   Jim Walmsley   Cristina Simion
17th 2020 Haría Extreme Lanzarote Haria   Spain 14 November




2004   Ricardo Mejía   Helmut Schiessl   Billy Burns
2005   Helmut Schiessl   Anton Vencelj   Daniel Bolt
2006   Matt Carpenter   Galen Burrell   Zac Freudenburg
2007   Jonathan Wyatt   Hermann Achmüller   Gerd Frick
2008   Jethro Lennox   Tom Owens   Mitja Kosovelj
2009   Marc Lauenstein   Jonathan Wyatt   Ricky Lightfoot
2010   Glenn Randall   Marc Lauenstein   Rickey Gates
2011   Mitja Kosovelj   Tom Owens   Robbie Simpson
2012   Markus Hohenwarter   Mitja Kosovelj   Hosea Tuei
2013   Mitja Kosovelj   Andrew Davies   Ionut Zinca
2014   Sage Canaday   Azerya Teklay   Andy Wacker
2015   Tommaso Vaccina   Andy Wacker   Francesco Puppi
2016   Alessandro Rambaldini   Marco De Gasperi   Mitja Kosovelj
2017   Francesco Puppi   Pascal Egli   Tayte Pollman
2018   Alessandro Rambaldini   Robert Krupička   Joseph Gray
2019   Jim Walmsley   Francesco Puppi   Oriol Cardona Coll


2004   Angéline Joly   Maria Rodriguez   Isabelle Guillot
2005   Emma Murray   Marion Kapuscinski   Isabelle Guillot
2006   Emma Murray   Danielle Ballengee   Keri Nelson
2007   Anita Håkenstad Evertsen   Yelena Kaledina   Zhanna Malkova
2008   Anna Pichrtová   Angela Mudge   Angela Bateup
2009   Anna Pichrtová   Evgeniya Danilova   Anna Frost
2010   Brandy Erholtz   Kim Dobson   Anna Frost
2011   Philippa Maddams   Karen Alexander   Helen Fines
2012   Stevie Kremer   Sabine Reiner   Kim Dobson
2013   Antonella Confortola   Ornella Ferrara   Anna Celińska
2014   Allie McLaughlin   Morgan Arritola   Shannon Payne
2015   Martina Strähl   Aline Camboulives   Catherine Bertone
2016   Annie Conway   Antonella Confortola   Lucija Krkoč
2017   Silvia Rampazzo   Kasie Enman   Denisa Dragomir
2018   Charlotte Morgan   Dominika Stelmach   Silvia Rampazzo
2019   Cristina Simion   Adeline Roche   Blandine L'Hirondel



2009   Kenya   England   Scotland
2010   United States   England   Germany
2011   Scotland   Slovenia   England
2012    Switzerland   United States   Germany
2013   Italy
Emanuele Manzi
Tommaso Vaccina
Massimiliano Zanaboni
  Czech Republic   Wales
2014   United States   Italy
Tommaso Vaccina
Xavier Chevrier
Massimo Mei
2015   Italy
Tommaso Vaccina
Francesco Puppi
Massimo Mei
  United States   Kenya
2016   Italy
Alessandro Rambaldini
Marco De Gasperi
Fabio Ruga
  United Kingdom   Germany
2017   Italy
Francesco Puppi
Alessandro Rambaldini
Luca Cagnati
  United States   Czech Republic
2018   Czech Republic   United States   Italy
Alessandro Rambaldini
Daniele De Colo
Emanuele Manzi
2019   Spain   United States   Italy
Francesco Puppi
Gabriele Bacchion
Luca Cagnati


2009   Russia   Austria   Germany
2010   United States   Germany   Scotland
2011   England   Russia   Scotland
2012   United States    Switzerland   Austria
2013   Italy
Antonella Confortola
Ornella Ferrara
Ivana Iozzia
  Scotland   England
2014   United States   Italy
Catherine Bertone
Antonella Confortola
Ivana Iozzia
2015    Switzerland   Italy
Catherine Bertone
Ivana Iozzia
Francesca Iachemet
  United States
2016   Italy
Antonella Confortola
Francesca Iachemet
Debora Cardone
  Slovenia   United Kingdom
2017   Italy
Silvia Rampazzo
Antonella Confortola
Stéphanie Jiménez
  United States   Romania
2018   Austria   United Kingdom   Romania
2019   France   Spain   Romania

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "WORLD LONG DISTANCE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHALLENGE / CHAMPIONSHIPS". Retrieved 3 October 2017. World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge (2004-2014)/Championships (2015 on)
  2. ^ WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge Regulations. WMRA. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  3. ^ World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  4. ^ World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge: Results . WMRA. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  5. ^ Hughes, Danny (2007-09-08). Wyatt dominates World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge …of course!. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  6. ^ Kosovelj and Maddams take World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge titles. IAAF (2011-06-19). Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  7. ^ "Montagna: Rambaldini bis mondiale" (in Italian). Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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