DKaramarinov 2014

Welcome message by the LOC President

Dear friends of athletics,
Dear members of the world athletics family,
We are proud and honoured to be hosting the 32nd edition of the World Mountain running Championships in 2016. Only a month after Rio Olympic Games a new challenge awaits the very best mountain runners of the World in the picturesque venue of Sapareva Banya .
Mountain running is becoming more and more popular all over the world. It implies physical strength, devotion and a nature-oriented way of life.
WMRA World Mountain Running Championships has been a keenly contested annual event, especially since it was officially recognised by IAAF as World Championships since 2009 in Campodolcino, Italy.
Bulgarian athletics federation is one of the leaders in mountain running in Eastern Europe. A number of events were organised here in recent years. I am confident that Sapareva Banya will not only offer a challenging course but also excellent services and hospitality for the athletes and guests alike.
The venue is equally suitable for sport activities the whole year round, therefore I believe all participants will enjoy their experience and would love to come back with their friends and families.
Welcome to Bulgaria for a very successful World Mountain running Championships 2016!

Dobromir Karamarinov
President of Bulgarian Athletic Federation


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