La Sportiva recently announced the line up of its 2011 Mountain Cup race series, the premier mountain running race series in the country. Mountain running is defined by severe elevation gain on a race course. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have three races in the Mountain Cup series this year: Uwharrie Mountain Run, a 20-miler in Ophir, N.C. on Feb 5; the Bel Monte Endurance Run, a 25K in Sherando Lake, Va.on March 26; and the Rothrock Challenge, a 30K in State College, Pa. on June 4.

For the full list of events and more on the cup, go here. And keep an eye out for an upcoming feature on mountain running in BRO’s March issue.