Event Information - World Trophy - 25 September 2005
click here for entry list (13 Sept 2005)
Approximately 350 athletes and officials from 30 countries are expected to converge on Wellington, New Zealand
for the 21st annual World Mountain Running Trophy. It is only the second time that the World Trophy will
be staged in the Southern Hemisphere.
September 25th, 2005.
Wellington, New Zealand
The World Mountain Running Trophy is the official world championships for mountain running. The first
World Trophy was held in 1985 in San Vagilio, Italy.
From 1985 to 1992, competitors could choose between running a short event consisting of an up and downhill
course or a long event, which covered an uphill course only. Beginning in 1993, the World Mountain Running
Trophy has alternated in style each year. On odd numbered years, the event is an uphill and downhill course,
while on even numbered years, the event is an uphill only course.
The strength of the sport has traditionally been in Europe and the United Kingdom. However, as the strength
and interest of the sport has increased, teams from all over the world participate in the event.
Previous Host Countries
Repeat Hosts: Italy - 1985, 1986, 1992, 2001, 2004; Switzerland - 1987, 1991; France - 1989, 1993, 1998;
Austria - 1990, 1996, 2002; and Germany - 1994. 2000.
Other Hosts: England - 1988; Scotland - 1995; Czech Republic - 1997; Malaysia - 1999; United States - 2003.
Participation in the official 2005 World Mountain Running Trophy is limited to countries affiliated with the
World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Each national team is made up
of a maximum of six men, four women, four junior men and three junior women. A junior is anyone aged at least 16 and
under 20 on December 31st, 2005.
An open race will also be held for those who are not in a team, but wish to run the World Trophy course.
This event will be the first race on World Trophy race day and will be open to all runners. Walkers are also
invited to complete one lap of the course. There will be a time limit of 90 minutes for those completing 3 laps
of the course.
The course will be open for inspection from Saturday, 16 September. Maps of the start area and the race course are available on the maps page, or from the official event hotels.
Parade of Nations
Friday September 23rd - 11.55am start at Midland Park, Lambton Quay.
The course commences at Midland Park and heads south down Lambton Quay, turns right in to Willis Street, left in to Mercer Street to enter the Civic Square. Total distance is 1km.
Welcome Ceremony (Powhiri)
Friday September 23rd - 1.00pm Civic Square (as soon all teams in Parade of Nations have arrived at Civic Square).
All competitors and supporters will be welcomed to Wellington.
Team Managers will receive all start numbers at the time of accreditation. Two race numbers will be given per competitor. Race numbers must be worn, full size on the chest and on the back. Any infringement of this rule will result in disqualification. A third number will be provided for attachment to the competitor's gear bag.
Race Staging Area
The race staging area is within the starting area. All athletes must report to the staging area no later than 20 minutes before the start of their race. Infringements of this rule will result in disqualification from the competition. Race officials will check the start numbers and adherence to all applicable rules. The athletes must wear national colours.
The Start Line will be clearly marked on Oriental Parade by the Freyberg Swimming Pool. See the maps page for maps of the course and start area.
All start commands will be given in English with the Race Official starting the race with:
"Runners Ready", (starting pistol fired)
If there is a false start, the Race Official will fire another shot.
Competitors, upon presentation of ID, will have full access to the changing rooms and showers at the
Freyberg Pool on race day. An upstairs room will be available for competitors to leave their gear bag.
The Pool is directly opposite the start line.
On race day medical and accident treatment at the course by the contracted medical team is free of charge to the competitors. At all other times normal fees are charged by local practitioners.
Meeting your sports injury needs and supporting the World Trophy are Wakefield Sports Med 1.5Mb pdf
Sunday September 25th 6.00pm.
Prize giving for all grades and for teams will be held in the Michael Fowler Centre auditorium.
Sunday September 25th 7pm-1am. Michael Fowler Centre.
Official event photographer is Marathon-Photos.com. This company
specialises in photographing distance running events around the world, with images displayed on the
Internet within days, for viewing and ordering. Finding photos is as easy as typing in your name or race number and orders may be placed online, by
post or fax.
We ask all participants and supporters to support the Neonatal Trust.
The Trust is the official charity for the event, and their collectors will be around the course on race day and at the Parade of
nations. For more information about their work, please check the Neonatal Trust web site.