World Mountain and Trail Running Championships

2023, Innsbruck-Stubai

June 6-10

World Mountain and Trail Running Championships

2023, Innsbruck-Stubai

June 6-10

Welcome to Innsbruck-Stubai!

Home of the 2023 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships

Five days, four international associations, three host regions, two central venues, one collective goal:
The World Mountain and Trail Running Championships – in short WMTRC.

Welcome to Innsbruck-Stubai!

Home of the 2023 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships

Five days, four international associations, three host regions, two central venues, one collective goal:

The World Mountain and Trail Running Championships – in short WMTRC.

The second World Mountain and Trail Running Championships will be held in Innsbruck-Stubai in Tyrol from June 6 to 10, 2023. The global title races are being hosted by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), which in turn are being coordinated by the International World Athletics Association.

We are expecting to see around 1’400 athletes from at least 60 nations competing for the title of World Champion. The best of them come from all over the world, with the leading trailrunners hailing from the US, Spain and France – amongst other nations – and the leading mountain runners coming from Kenya, Italy and Switzerland. Both disciplines also see several strong contestants from Austria. The Championships will comprise of four single races in the Elite Category (men and women), both for mountain- and trail running, as well as two single races in the Junior Category. Team rankings will be based on the single rankings.

The contests include a Vertical and a Mountain Classic (“up and down”) as well as two trail runs, a “trail short”, covering a distance of approx. 45 km, and a “trail long”, covering approx. 85 km.

The terrain is rich in variety, challenging, iconic – and definitely worthy of a world championship. The terrain is rich in variety, challenging, iconic – and definitely worthy of a world championship. The title races will be held in some of the most scenic places in the Alps, such as the Kalkkögel – the so-called “Dolomites of North Tyrol”, at the foot of the Elfer peak – offering views of the Stubai Glacier -, and along the Nordkette, the iconic mountain range towering above Innsbruck: A sight to behold for both athletes and spectators.

German trail runner Ida-Sophie Hegemann and her Austrian counterpart Florian Grasel are excited about their potential participation in the World Championships. They both agree: “The World Championships will bring the international elite of trail- and mountain runners to Tyrol where they will be competing in some of Europe’s most stunning sceneries. We are looking forward to experiencing the electrifying atmosphere of the World Championships!”

MORE THAN JUST A WC RACE

The athletes may be at the center of attention, but even so, there will be much more on offer than “just” the title races.

In the days before the WC, any interested runners can compete in one of eight different races covering distances ranging from 7 to 108 km, or they may even be able to partake in the mass races for the Vertical or the Mountain Classic.

There will be a hop-on-hop-off service to take interested parties to different hotspots along the routes – either via “cheering bus” or cable car – where they can get up close to the athletes and cheer them on.

In addition, Innsbruck and Stubai will be hosting a varied supporting program, including an Expo showcasing a number of established running (both mountain- and trail running) brands and associations. The highlight of said program will be the City Trail in Innsbruck’s old town – a trail specifically designed for the WC and made from natural materials that will have anyone’s feet tingling with anticipation and excitement.

“We aim to organize World Championships that leave a lasting impression – that not only live up to but surpass today’s norms and values by demonstrating that it is possible to accommodate both sustainability and profitability,” says Alexander Pittl, head of the organizing committee. “We want to create an event that will redefine the standards of mountain- and trail running in the participating regions.”

THE PROGRAM

The World Championships opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 6, in Innsbruck.

The Vertical will take place on Wednesday, June 7, in Stubai, with the finishing line at the Elferhütte (men and women, single and team – four world champions).

The Trail Short will take place on Thursday, June 8, leading from Innsbruck to Neustift (men and women, single and team – four world champions).

The Trail Long will take place on Friday, June 9, leading from Neustift to Innsbruck (men and women, single and team – four world champions).

Finally, the title races, incl. the Mountain Classic with a course incorporating the infamous “Höttinger Hell”, will be held on Saturday, June 10 (men and women, single and team – four world champions, Juniors (male and female), single and team – four world champions). The closing ceremony in Innsbruck is set to be the final highlight of the WMTRC 2023.

Alessio Punzi, Head of the World Athletics’ (WA) Running and Mass Participation on Innsbruck-Stubai as the hosting region for the WMTRC 2023: “The selection process was not an easy one as all four international applicants met our requirements. In the end, the unique Alpine scenery in Tyrol was the decisive factor – not only for us at the WA but also for our colleagues at the IAU, the ITRA and the WMRA. The special mix of urban space and Alpine terrain, combined with the extensive know-how regarding mountain- and trail running made for a powerful argument.”

THE HOST REGIONS

Visitors to Tyrol experience a region pervaded by the Alps, where it is easy to forget about the daily routine they left behind. The mountainous landscape is unique: It comprises more than 500 peaks with an altitude surpassing 3,000 m, more than 600 glaciers along the Alpine divide, and a vast number of alpine pastures, from very isolated to relatively easy to reach, and offering high-quality culinary delights.

Cycling WC, Climbing WC, Winter World Master Games or Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival – Innsbruck has certainly earned its title as “Sportive Capital of the Alps” and demonstrates a high level of competency in hosting major sports events. The region around Innsbruck offers everything a trailrunner could wish for; there is an endless variety of trails with awe-inspiring views of the city, and leading into high-alpine terrain. Here, the freedom afforded by nature goes hand in hand with a special urban flair.

Stubai presents itself nestled between glacial ice and gentle alpine pastures. The valley is renowned for its impressive “Seven Summits” – those pervading peaks that are sure to leave a lasting impression – as well as its wild waters that are making their way down waterfalls and through canyons. The highest level of competence in all things alpine is proven again and again, not least during the Stubai Ultratrail with its motto of “city2glacier”. The name says it all: The race leads from the Olympic city of Innsbruck to the peak of the Stubai Glacier at an altitude of 3,150 m above sea level.

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