World mountain championships links up with athletics body

Ties strengthen with the world's second biggest sports organisation

 Next year's World Mountain Running Championships could see more countries take part (pic credit: Gerry Brady/Flickr)

Next year's World Mountain Running Championships could see more countries take part (pic credit: Gerry Brady/Flickr)

The World Mountain Running Championships will gain full support from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 2019 onwards.

Strengthening close ties between the IAAF and the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), many more countries will now be able to take part in the sport's flagship event.

Next year’s championships, the 35th annual edition, will be held on November 15-16 in Villa la Angostura, Argentina, under the official title, "World Mountain Running Championships Villa la Angostura 2019 – supported by the IAAF".

Any member federation affiliated with the IAAF, regardless of their membership with the WMRA, will be able to compete in the championships.

More than 40 countries and 400 athletes competed at last year’s championships in Premana , Italy. However, from next year any of the IAAF's 214 member federations could now send a team.

Next year's event will represent the first time South America has held the event. It will be staged in conjunction with the K42 Adventure Marathon.

"The support of the IAAF links Villa la Angostura with the second biggest sports organisation in the world," said Pablo Bruni, general secretary for tourism in Villa la Angostura, Argentina. "This partnership is vital, because it will give the opportunity to every single country to participate in the World Mountain Running Championships.”

A coaching conference will jointly be held by the IAAF and WMRA two days before this year's championships in Andorra featuring, among others, six-time world mountain running champion Andrea Mayr.