More than 100 runners from Turkey, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia, the U.S., and host country Italy will take part in the 12th edition of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) International Youth Cup 2017. This year's race will be held in Gagliano del Capo today.
According to a statement released by the Turkey Athletics Federation, Turkey's team includes a full scoring team of eight boys and eight girls. The boys competed with two teams in the tournament held in the Czech Republic last year and were ranked first and second while the girls' team ranked second.
The course for boys will be 5.3 kilometers and include 340 meters ascending and 220 meters descending over terrain that includes a short section on asphalt and the majority of the route on gravel road along scenic mountain paths. The girls will run 3.85 kilometers with 250 meters of ascent and 130 meters of descent, according to the WMRA's website.
More details on the competition can be found on the event website. One important point is that for the first time in the 12-year history of the WMRA International Youth Cup, the United States will field a complete squad for this mountain running competition, which is designed to showcase athletes who are 16 and 17 years old.