2022 WMRA World Cup calendar announced

The calendar for the 2022 World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup has been confirmed, with the action set to get under way on June 19.

Over the course of five months, 12 ‘Gold Label’ races will held at nine locations across six countries.

Like last season, each race falls into one of three categories; Short Uphill, Classic Mountain and Long Mountain.

As well as the overall World Cup standings, calculated from an athlete’s best six results, there will also be a classification for each category, calculated from an athlete’s best three results in that category.

Gold Label races

The 2022 World Cup begins on June 19 with a first ever visit to Portugal for Montemuro Vertical Run, a race making its first appearance on the circuit in only its second edition.

An established classic follows on July 10 with the 23rd edition of Großglockner Berglauf in Austria, before La Montée du Nid d’Aigle in France returns for a second year on July 16 after making its debut in 2021.

Next, there is a double-header at Giir di Mont in Italy – the Short Uphill race on July 30 is a new addition, before the Classic Mountain event on July 31.

The immensely popular Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland is on August 13, before two further double-headers the following month.

Vertical Nasego and Trofeo Nasego in Italy are on September 3 and 4 respectively, before Short Uphill and Classic Mountain races at Canfranc-Canfranc in Spain on September 9 and 11.

The World Cup is concluded with Zumaia Flysch Trail in Spain on October 2 – the only coastal race on this season’s calendar – and Chiavenna Lagunc in Italy on October 8, which will offer bonus points to keep the excitement coming until the final kilometre.

Full calendar:

Sunday 19 June – Montemuro Vertical Run (POR), Classic Mountain

Sunday 10 July – Großglockner Berglauf (AUS), Classic Mountain

Saturday 16 July – La Montée du Nid d’Aigle (FRA), Classic Mountain

Saturday 30 July – Giir di Mont (ITA), Short Uphill

Sunday 31 July – Giir di Mont (ITA), Classic Mountain

Saturday 13 August – Sierre-Zinal (CHE), Long Mountain

Saturday 3 September – Vertical Nasego (ITA), Short Uphill

Sunday 4 September – Trofeo Nasego (ITA), Classic Mountain

Friday 9 September – Canfranc-Canfranc (ESP), Short Uphill

Sunday 11 September – Canfranc-Canfranc (ESP), Classic Mountain

Sunday 2 October – Zumaia Flysch Trail (ESP), Classic Mountain

Saturday 8 October – Chiavenna-Lagunc (ITA), Short Uphill

Grossglockner Berglauf WMRA Mountain Running

Silver Label races

In addition, there will be a further five ‘Silver Label’ races in five different countries, giving athletes further opportunities to earn World Cup points.

Sunday 22 May – Seven Sisters Skyline (IRE), Long Mountain

Saturday 2 July – One Hundred Douro-Paiva (POR), Long Mountain

Sunday 7 August – Krkonossky Half Marathon (CZE), Classic Mountain

Thursday 25 August – Andes Race (PER), Long Mountain

Saturday 1 October – Smarna Gora (SLO), Classic Mountain

2021 winners

MenWomen
Short UphillHenri Aymonod (ITA)Andrea Mayr (AUT)
Classic MountainGeoffrey Gikuni Ndungu (KEN)Joyce Muthoni Njeru (KEN)
Long MountainRaúl Criado Sánchez (ESP)Charlotte Morgan (GBR)
OverallHenri Aymonod (ITA)Joyce Muthoni Njeru (KEN)

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