Mountain running is a kind of recreation and sport that takes place mainly off-road in mountainous terrain. It is a form of trail activity that combines running, jogging, and walking, depending on how steep the trail is.
Mountain running has elements of fell running which have to do with running and racing. Off-road and over upland country where the gradient climbs is a significant component of the difficulty involved in the competition. The sport is called fell running because of its origins from the fells of northern Britain, especially those in the Lake District.
Lake District is a mountainous region in Northwest England. It is a popular holiday destination famous for its lakes, forests, and mountains. The area has some of the highest grounds above sea level in England including its highest mountain, Scafell Pike. This makes Lake District the perfect place for mountain running.
Mountain running is recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and governed by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) that organises mountain running events and championships.
For IAAF and WMRA organised competitions, mountain running takes place on terrains that are mainly off-road. However, if there is significant elevation gain on the route, surfaced roads may be used.
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