The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) is responsible for the organisation of off road World Championship races, under 18 races, masters World Championships and a World Cup series for athletes over varied distances but always in elevated terrain.
It has been governing the sport since 1984 when it was first formed (initially called ICMR).
The World Ranking is a transparent and easy to understand classification system providing athletes, race organisers, sponsors and any interested off road running fan information about who are the best mountain runners at any time.
Every runner who competes in a ranking race gains a rank. It’s a free service for runners and and races are not charged to be included in the ranking. It is an easy way to compare performances and results and see the best Mountain runners and the best races!
The points weighting is very simple and rewards the mountain races of high quality with a category weighting. WMRA publishes the points and race classifications to give a clear and simple understanding about the ranking without complicated and hard to interpret formulas. See the Calculations page to understand the points system.
The current World Ranking is a rolling 365 day ranking of an athletes results over the past year. This makes it easy to see who are the best runners that have the best recent results. A best ranking within the past year is shown for every athlete as well as a best ever life time ranking.
An historical calendar rank for each athlete will also be provided where it is possible to see an athletes highest ranking over a calendar year (1 January – 31 December).
A powerful search feature allows you to find any result of a ranking race, athlete, country or year.
The races currently used to form the World Ranking for Mountain Running can be found in the Race Directory.
A ranking for Mountain Races run by the World Mountain Running Association will give the confidence that it represents the core values of Mountain Running and the Athletes, races and fans that participate.
For the purpose of the World Ranking the sport of Mountain Running can be defined as:
‘Mountain running is a discipline recognised by World Athletics where a mountain race will usually be held mostly on trails and involves significant amounts of elevation change (50 metres / km minimum) over a distance that is usually up to 42.2km.’
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Rolling ranking means that for every new day the days points from 1 year before will ‘roll’ off and be cancelled. So the points are updated automatically live every day and roll on continuously.
On any day you look at the ‘Current World Ranking’ it calculates the points for any athlete from the current day to 364 days in the past. A race that happened 365 days ago will no longer be considered in the Current World Ranking calculation. This means that athletes with top rankings are the ones that are the best at the time you look at the ranking classification.
Current World Ranking = Your rolling 365 day ranking based on taking all the results during the past year. This number will go up and down based on results compared to other runners.
Best Ranking (past 12 months) = The best rank achieved during the past 365 days. So it will show your top ranking during the past 1 year and change on the day when you that top ranking was reached is 365 old.
Best Lifetime Ranking = Best ever World Mountain Running ranking achieved.
Calendar Year Ranking = For every year the athletes rank based on 1 January to 31 December is calculated and shown under each of those years.
The Current World Ranking takes into account the past 365 days from today’s date.
The Calendar Year Ranking runs from 1 January – 31 December in any year and is calculated on 31 December of every year. It is the total number of points an athlete has accumulated over that period of time ranked against all other athletes.
During the current year your calendar year ranking will not show points until the year has finished on 31 December.
You can look back to a year in the past to see the top ranked athletes during each calendar year giving an historical record of Calendar Year Rankings of who were the best mountain running athletes for each preceding year.
Please use the Contact Us page to inform the ranking secretary. Select ‘Disputes’ from the reason for contact drop down menu.
To show with a transparent system of simple points weighting who are the top athletes specific to the best mountain races in the World. This provides:
New races are added to the database as soon as results are available and the ranking updates live automatically.
Every result that a runner makes gains a value so every runner will have a unique World Ranking even if they do not feature in the higher positions that gain whole number points.
Yes, see the Search engine function
During the suspended period points will be cancelled for that athlete. This includes suspensions that determine an athletes results are to be retroactively excluded.
When they are permitted to return to the sport they will be able to gain ranking points again.
If an athlete is suspended but competes in races outside a sanctioned race series that is still included in the ranking then the WMRA will exclude also those race points. Please use the Contact Us form for any disputes.
Every athlete has a profile page and you can view their race results from each year by clicking on the year (eg: 2019) to see their list of races run and results. This will also show the athletes best calendar year rank of that year (1 January – 31 December for each year).
Their historical rankings are shown as Best Lifetime Ranking.
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Please use the Contact Us page to email the ranking secretary and include your website address and details about the race distance(s) and elevation(s) + links to the past 3 years of senior runner race results (women and men) from your race.
The ranking secretary / ranking council is responsible for selecting suitable race candidates.
Thanks for your interest!
The WMRA want to have the top mountain races in the ranking and without any bias of favouritism that could come from payment. This goes together with the philosophy of the points weighting based on Championship status of the event or elite level. Therefore the ranking is free for races to enter but will be selected based on quality by the ranking secretary. See Transparency for further details.
Please use the Contact Us form for enquiries.
The WMRA ranking secretary / ranking council will use the following parameters for including races that are specific to the Mountain Running discipline:
Criteria for selecting other races (items 3 and 4) are that it respects the philosophy of the sport of mountain running and so details such as the terrain, race distance, elevation gain/loss, number of participants, quality of the top runners will be considered.
For the purpose of the World Ranking the sport of Mountain Running can be defined as: ‘Mountain running is a discipline recognised by World Athletics and a mountain race is usually held mostly on trails and involves significant amounts of elevation change over a distance that is usually up to 42.2km.’
See Series and Categories to see the way points are weighted.
If you are away from the sport for a long time your Current Ranking will go down but your athlete profile page shows your best ever lifetime ranking as well as your best ranking during the past 12 months.
With more races and results your ranking will go up.
See the World Mountain Running Association website: https://wmra.info/results