World Athletics assists the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) in organising the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) on a biennial basis. The WMTRC is where the world’s best off-road runners are released into the wild. Held over three days, elite international athletes compete in a total of 10 official world championships across four competition formats, as well as other open or promotional races for mass participation athletes. The WMTRC celebrates the force of nature, capturing new frontiers or re-purposing off-season resorts.
Chiang Mai, Thailand (3-6 November 2022)
Innsbruck / Stubai, Austria (6-10 June 2023)
WMTRC 2025 hosting opportunity:
To be held before 15 June or after 15 September 2025.
(1) The "Classic up and down” Mountain Race (ca. 12km or a ca. 6km loop to be repeated twice, 300-450m elevation gain per loop) - Four world championship races (including senior men, senior women, U20 men and U20 women)
(2) The “Vertical” Mountain Race (4-7km with a gradient of between 15-20% elevation) - Two world championship races (including senior men and women)
(3) The Long Trail (ca. 80km, 3,500-6,000m total elevation gain, ITRA category “L”) – One race (with senior men's and women's world championship rankings)
(4) The Short Trail (ca. 40km, 2,000-3,000m total elevation gain, ITRA category “S”) – One race (with senior men's and women's world championship rankings)
Full commercial rights are granted to the local organising committee (including title sponsorships, partnerships, media and broadcasting rights, expo sales, as well as mass participation entry fees etc.)