Mountain Running World Cup calendar released with an increase in prize money

ATHLETICS Mountain Running World Cup calendar released with an increase in prize money

Abigael Wafula 13:36 - 24.12.2023

The 2024 World Mountain Running World Cup will promise better returns as the organisers have announced an increase in prize money among other benefits.

World Athletics has announced a calendar featuring 13 races spanning 10 events and eight countries for the Valsir Mountain Running World Cup in 2024.

The competition will kick off in June next year where runners will head to Lake Tahoe in California for the Broken Arrow Skyrace. 

Two Gold label races will take place across three days, starting with the short uphill on June 21 before the classic 23km on June 23.

The month of July will offer a busy schedule with races scheduled almost every weekend. Sunday, July 7 will see the return of the Grossglockner Mountain Run in Austria, while July 14 marks a return to Castro-Daire, Portugal, for the fourth edition of the Montemuro Vertical Run.

The Montee du Nid d'Aigl also remains part of the programme and takes place on July 20. This visually stunning 20km, 1850m+ classic from Saint Gervais to Refuge du Nid d'Aigle presents athletes with a breathtaking backdrop of the Glacier du Bionnassay.

As July draws to a close, an old favorite rejoins the World Cup circuit with a visit to Giir di Mont for the tour of the 12 pastures above Premana in Italy. This grueling 32km race, alternating challenging ascents with equally demanding descents, is set to captivate spectators and the atmosphere at the top of the mountain is something special.

August 10 will mark the Sierre Zinal race, renowned for its challenging trails through the Swiss mountains. The Race of the Five 4000s draws top-tier talent every year.

September sees the World Cup landing in Casto in Italy, the hometown of Valsir, for the Vertical and Trofeo Nasego events. This tiny town in the Brescia prealps is poised to witness a showdown among the sport's elite.

This penultimate race on October 12 will ultimately determine the final podium positions after the preceding 12 races of the 2024 Valsir Mountain Running World Cup, leaving the Val Bregaglia Trail the following day to conclude the World Cup points tally. This is where the World Cup winners will be presented with their prizes.

As well as working in collaboration with esteemed mountain races worldwide, the World Cup’s continued partnership with Valsir has paved the way for several upgrades to this season's series. 

All Gold-label races will have WADA-accredited anti-doping measures. In a bid to bolster athlete support, there will also be increases to travel assistance and the overall prize pool, with the Valsir World Cup champions set to claim Ksh 852,463 in 2024.

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Valsir Mountain Running World Cup 2024

21 June: Broken Arrow, USA, uphill Gold Label (6.8km, 954m+/-)

23 June: Broken Arrow Skyrace, USA, long Gold Label (23km, 1533m+/-)

7 July: Grossglockner Mountain Run, AUT, classic Gold Label (13.3km, 1300m+/183m-)

14 July: Montemuro Vertical Run, POR, classic Gold Label (10.4km, 1098m+/247m-)

20 July: La Montee du Nid D'Aigle, FRA, classic Gold Label (20km, 1850m+/450m-)

28 July: Giir di Mont, ITA, long Gold Label (32km, 2400m+/-)

10 August: Sierre Zinal, SUI, long Gold Label (31km, 2200m+ /1100m-)

31 August: Vertical Nasego, ITA, uphill Gold Label (4.2km, 1000m)

1 September: Trofeo Nasego, ITA, classic Gold Label (21.5km, 1336m+/1039m-)

22 September: Sky Gran Canaria, ESP, long Gold Label (44km, 3,344m+/2453m-)

5 October: Smarna Gora Race, SLO, classic Gold Label (10km, 710m+/350m-)

12 October: World Cup Final Lagunc KM Verticale, ITA, uphill Gold Label (3.2km, 1000m+)

13 October: World Cup Final Val Bregaglia Trail, ITA, long Gold Label (23km, 900m+/1000m-)