Canada’s vertical specialists are in the Italian town of Premana for Sunday’s World Mountain Running Championships.
Four complete teams – at both the junior and senior levels – will compete at the July 30 championships located just outside of Milan. Canadian champions Meggan Franks and Matthew Travaglini lead the senior teams while Aidan Doherty and Annika Austin lead the junior teams, according to the Canadian Trail & Mountain Running Association roster.
Athletes qualified for worlds via the Canadian Mountain Running Championships in early June at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta. The town of Premana will also host the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships on Aug. 6.
The senior men and women contest 13K, which features 860m of elevation climb, and the junior men and women race 6.5K with half the elevation gain. Team scores are based on the top-three scoring athletes on each squad with the aggregate placings making up the final tally.
For the first time in 10 years, Canada sends a junior women’s team to the world championships. According to the World Mountain Running Association, upwards of 5,000 spectators are expected on race day. Part of the course runs right through the town while other parts are technical with steep climbs and descents.
9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EDT): Junior men
9:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m. EDT): Junior women
10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. EDT): Senior women
12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. EDT): Senior men
– Meggan Franks (Canadian 🇨🇦 champion)
– Adrienne Gomes
– Chantelle Groenewoud
– Adele Blaise-Sohnius
– Matthew Travaglini (Canadian 🇨🇦 champion)
– Gareth Hadfield
– Allan Brett
– Matt Setlack
– Aidan Doherty (Canadian 🇨🇦 champion)
– Austin Sutherland
– Ross Henderson
– Kieran Lumb
– Annika Austin (Canadian 🇨🇦 champion)
– Katia Lumb
– Lea McCroy
– Adrian Lambert (Head of delegation)
– Sue Lambert (Senior team manager)
– Pascal Gray (Junior team manager)