Sixteen races from eight countries will form part of the 2021 World Mountain Running Association World Cup, it was announced today.
This 2020 series had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but recent encouraging vaccine news has raised optimism for next year.
Taking place at 12 locations and beginning on June 18 in Squaw Valley, the series will end in Chiavenna, Italy, on October 12.
As was proposed for 2020, the World Cup next year will have three categories of winners rather than the previous one - vertical up, classic and long.
As well as well-established events such as the Sierre-Zinal returning, new fixtures to the series such as the La Montee du Nid d'Aigle in the shadow of Mont Blanc will be making an appearance. Eastern European stops have been added at the Tatra Mountains of Poland and Krkonossky in the Czech Republic. Spain will also be included for the first time - visiting the Basque region and the Pyrenees.
In 2019, Britain’s Andy Douglas and Ireland’s Sarah McCormack were crowed World Cup winners.
The WMRA said: “What is especially pleasing is the level of interest and positivity from our races and athletes about the possibilities of racing next year. We know and expect the challenges of Covid-19 to be with us during 2021 and, with new measures of safety and adapting to travel restrictions, the WMRA is ready to work with the races in order to run the series and have exciting opportunities for our mountain running athletes to race each other on some exciting courses in spectacular locations. Being adaptable and working together has been the concept for next year’s event as well as an earlier launch to allow for best planning possible. It has been a pleasure seeing how all of our race applicants are committed to the sport.”
2021 WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CUP CALENDAR
Friday 18 June - Broken Arrow, Squaw Valley (USA) 5.1km (900m/0m) - Short Uphill
Sunday 20 June - Broken Arrow Skyrace, Squaw Valley (USA) 26km (1700m/1700m) - Long Mountain
Saturday 26 June - Tatra Race Run, Tatra Mountains (POL) 24.2km (2019m/2019m) - Long Mountain
Sunday 11 July - Grossglockner Berglauf, Heiligenblut (AUT) 13.4km (1265m/142m) - Classic Mountain
Saturday 17 July - La Montee du Nid d'Aigle, St Gervais (FRA) 19.5km (2000m/100m) - Classic Mountain
Saturday 24 July - Tatra Sky Marathon, Koscielisko (POL) 42km (3300m/3300m) - Long Mountain
Saturday 7 August - Sierre-Zinal, Sierre-Zinal (SUI) 31km (2200m/1100m) - Long Mountain
Sunday 15 August - Krkonosky Half Marathon, Janske Lazne (CZE) 21km (1200m/1220m) - Classic Mountain
Saturday 4 September - Vertical Nasego, Nasego (ITA) 4.2km (1000m/0) - Short Uphill
Sunday 5 September - Trofeo Nasego, Nasego (ITA) 21.5km (1336m/1039m) - Classic Mountain
Saturday 11 September - Canfranc-Canfranc, Canfranc-Estacion (ESP) 45km (3910m/3910m) - Long Mountain
Sunday 12 September - Canfranc-Canfranc, Canfranc-Estacion (ESP) 16km (1195m/1195m) - Classic Mountain
Sunday 26 September - Trofeo Ciolo, Gagliano del Capo (ITA) 11km (496m/374m) - Classic Mountain
Sunday 3 October - Zumaia Flysch Trail Mendi Maratoia, Zumaia-Gipuzkoa (ESP) 42.5km (3000m/3000m) - Long Mountain
Sunday 3 October - Zumaia Flysch Trail Mendi Maratoia, Zumaia-Gipuzkoa (ESP) 22km (850m/850m) - Classic Mountain
Sunday 12 October - Kilometro Verticale Chiavenna-Lagunc, Chiavenna (ITA) 3.2k (1000m/0m) - Short Uphill