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2014 Skyrunner® World Series

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Transvulcania ultramarathon

& VERTICAL KILOMETER, Spain

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Maratón Alpino Zegama-Aizkorri, Spain

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Ice-Trail Tarentaise & VK FACE DE BELLEVARDE, France

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Dolomites SkyRace & vertical kilometer, Italy

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Hoka One One Speedgoat 50k, USA

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Course de Sierre-Zinal, Switzerland

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Matterhorn Ultraks 46k, Switzerland

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KIMA TROPHY, Italy

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LIMONE EXTREME SKYRACE & Vertical Grèste de la Mughéra, Italy

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21 The Rut 50K & Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer, USA

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ISF Member Countries

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udging by skyrunning’s 2013 upward climb, 2014 won’t disappoint. Kilian’s extraordinary new records on Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn focussed the attention of millions of fans across the world on a growing sport, familiar to some, new to many. Since its birth twenty odd years ago, the sport has come a long way and skyrunning’s best ambassador has re-launched the original concept of climbing mountains fast and light to a new generation… and nourished our dreams. As you will see in the coming years, those towering summits will always represent our biggest source of inspiration – along with those that climb them!

2014 will see further development of the globalisation of the sport with the Skyrunner ® National Series, kick-started last year and now counting ten countries with their own circuit. The ISF World Ranking moves forward with 71 races on which this year’s points will be based. Highlighting 2014, the World Championships will be held at the end of June in the most iconic outdoor sports arena, Chamonix. Some 5,000 runners from more than 50 countries will descend here to compete among the best of the best for the individual titles and prizes and medals for their countries. Adding to this explosive mix, the ISF will hold their general assembly here, welcoming member countries old and new. Now counting more than 30 nations, the climb for Olympic recognition is well underway. Not just dreams, but very tangible steps also, thanks to the precious support of our partners - all driven by the same values and inspiration that our wonderful sport in the mountains offers. Less cloud. More sky!

ANDORRA: Federaciò Andorrana de Muntanysme (FAM) AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: Skyrunning Australia and New Zealand (SANZ) AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan Mountaineering Federation (AAF) BRAZIL: Associação Brasileira De Corridas Especiais (ABCE) BULGARIA: Bulgarian Skyrunning Federation (BSF) CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Skyrunning Association (CZSA) CHINA: China Skyrunning Association (CSA) COLUMBIA: Federacion Colombiana de Carreras de Altura (FCCA) COSTA RICA: Federaciòn Costarricense de Deportes de Montaña (FECODEM) FRANCE: France Skyrunning Association (FSA) GREAT BRITAIN: Skyrunning UK (SUK) GREECE: Hellenic Skyrunning Association (HSA) HUNGARY: Hungarian Mountain Running Association(HMRA) ITALY: Federazione Italiana Skyrunning (FISKY) JAPAN: Japan Skyrunning Association (JSA) MALAYSIA: Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon (MKIC) NETHERLANDS: Royal Dutch Climbing & Mountaineering Club (NKBV) PERU: Skyrunning Perù Associación (SPA) PHILIPPINES: Philippinne Skyrunning Association (PSA) POLAND: Skyrunning Poland (SRP) PORTUGAL: Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal (FCMP) RUSSIA: Russian Mountaineering Federation (RMF) SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Skyrunning Association (SASA) SPAIN: Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada (FEDME) SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka Skyrunning (SLS) SWITZERLAND: Swiss Skyrunnning Association (SSA) USA: American Trail Running Association (ATRA) VENEZUELA: Associación Venezolana de Skyrunning (AVS)

ISF Non Voting Associates FEEC: Federació d’Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya (FEEC) EMF: Euskal Mendizale Federazioa (EMF) FEMECV: Federaciò d’Esports de Munrugna della Comunitat Valenciana (FEMECV) FPME: Federçào Portughesa de Montanhismo e Escalada (FPME)

Aspirant Members CANADA: Skyrunning Canada (SC) COLUMBIA: Recorre Colombia Association (RCA) COSTA RICA: Skyrunning Costa Rica Association (SCRA) MEXICO: Mexico Skyrunning Association (MSA)

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SPAIN: Maratòn Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri - 42 km - Zegama - May 25 ITALY: Dolomites SkyRace® - 22 km - Canazei - July 20 SWITZERLAND: Course de Sierre-Zinal - 31 km - Valais - August 10 SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Ultraks 46K - Zermatt - August 23 ITALY: Limone Extreme SkyRace® - 23 km - Limone sul Garda - October 12

ULTRA

SPAIN: Transvulcania Ultramarathon - 83 km - La Palma - May 10 FRANCE: Ice Trail Tarentaise - 65 km - Val d’Isère - July 13 USA: Speedgoat 50K - Snowbird, Utah - July 19 ITALY: Kima Trophy - 50 km - Valtellina - August 30 USA: The Rut 50K - Big Sky, Montana - September 13

VERTICAL

SPAIN: Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® - La Palma - May 8 FRANCE: VK Face de Bellevarde, Val d’Isère - July 11 ITALY: Dolomites Vertical Kilometer®, Canazei - July 18 USA: Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer® - September 12 ITALY: Vertical Grèste de la Mughéra, Limone sul Garda - October 10

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CHAMONIX, FRANCE VERTICAL: Mont-Blanc Vertical KM - June 27 ULTRA: Mont-Blanc 80K - June 27 SKY: Mont-Blanc Marathon - June 29

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La Palma, SPAIN

Transvulcania

8&10 May

ULTRAMARATHON & VERTICAL KILOMETER

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An incredible ultra marathon 83 km long, straddles the island of La Palma, the most western of the Canary Islands. The course begins on the Atlantic coast and climbs across the Teneguía and San Antonio volcanoes on the south of the island, one of the most recent natural landmasses in Europe. On leaving the ocean, the course ascends for more than 2,400 metres to the highest point of the island, the Astrophysical Observatory on the Roque de los Muchachos, one of the world’s major star-gazing observatories. From here, a steep and insidious path descends again, to the sea. After many hours of punishing racing, the final ascent leads to the welcoming finish in the town of Los Llanos de Aridane.

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Esta ultramaratón de 83 km de longitud, atraviesa la isla canaria de La Palma, en medio del Océano Atlántico, siguiendo siempre el sendero de Gran Recorrido GR 131, a través de los volcanes de la dorsal sur de la isla, como el Teneguía o el San Antonio, configurando uno de los suelos más recientes y vírgenes de todo el territorio europeo. Esta carrera, después de salir del nivel del mar, sube a más de 2.400 m.s.n.m. en el punto más alto de la isla, el Observatorio Astrofísico del Roque de los Muchachos, uno de los mejores lugares del planeta para la observación de estrellas, para volver a bajar, vertiginosamente, al nivel del mar, finalizando, después de más de 8 horas de disfrute y sufrimiento, en la meta de Los Llanos de Aridane.

ULTRA Date: May 10 Distance: 83 km Elevation gain: + 4,415 / - 4,110m Race Records: Men: 6h54’09” Women: 8h11’ 31”

VK Date: May 8 Distance: 6.6 km Elevation: 1,160m

Location: La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain Organization: Cabildo Insular De La Palma Race director: Laura Rodríguez Tel: +34 922 41 74 40

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Course description: The race begins at sea level before dawn. Swiftly rising skywards along the backbone of the island along volcanic ash and rock, the course reaches its highest point, the summit of the live volcano Taburiente, at 4,243m. A sharp, fast descent leads back to the ocean with a steep final rush on paved road to the town of Los Llanos.


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Zegama, SPAIN

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Maratón Alpino Zegama-Aizkorri

MAY ENG

Renowned as one of the most popular races on the Skyrunner World Series calendar, the event attracts some of the best runners worldwide. Every year, 500 athletes are selected from around 2,300 entry requests. As in the past, but today more than ever, thousands of walkers, hikers, hunters, and nature lovers visit the Aratz-Aizkorri Natural Park. In 2001, the Association of Friends of Aizkorri was founded and organised an annual excursion in the mountains and a pilgrimage to the Sancti Spiritus at the foot of the San Adrián cave. In 2002, as one of the Aratz-Aizkorri Natural Park initiatives, the town of Zegama, together with the Amezti Mountain Club and more than 250 volunteers launched the first Alpine-Zegama Aizkorri Marathon. The success and reputation of the race are thanks to three factors: the gruelling course with more than 5,400 metres of ascent and descent; the stunning natural beauty of its setting; and the massive participation of both runners and spectators. ESP

Es considerada como una de las mas populares carreras dentro del calendario de las the Skyrunner World Series, el evento atrae a los mejores corredores a nivel mundial. Todos los años alrededor de 500 atletas son seleccionados, entre las mas de 2300 peticiones que tienen anualmente.

Al igual que en tiempos pasados, miles de montañeros y amantes de la naturaleza, visitan el Parque Natural de Aratz-Aizkorri para practicar el senderismo, contemplar la belleza de las campas de Urbía, asomarse al balcón de la cima del Aizkorri, etc. Así pues, no es de extrañar que desde las instituciones locales de Zegama se impulsara en el año 2001 la creación de la Asociación de Amigos del Aizkorri y la celebración de un Día de los Amigos del Aizkorri. Precisamente en el ámbito de estas iniciativas de promoción del Parque Natural de AratzAizkorri y turística del pueblo de Zegama, el Ayuntamiento, con la colaboración de la Sociedad de Montaña Amezti y el compromiso personal de más de 250 voluntarios, dio por buena la iniciativa de organizar el Maratón Alpino Zegama-Aizkorri. El maratón se celebró por primera vez el día 7 de julio de 2002. El prestigio alcanzado por la prueba desde entonces se basa en la dureza de la prueba con un desnivel acumulado de más de 5.400 metros, la belleza natural del recorrido y la afluencia masiva de público a lo largo de los 42 km, así como la masiva participación de corredores.

SKY Location: Zegama, Euskadi Date: May 25 Distance: 42.195 km Elevation gain: 2,736m +/Organization: Zegama City Council Race director: Alberto Aierbe Web: www.zegama-aizkorri.com Contact: zegama.aizkorri@gmail.com Tel: +34 943 802187 Race records: Men 3h54’18“. Women 4h38’19“

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Course description: A race over the classical marathon distance (42 km) with a total of 5,472m ascent and descent along the Aratz massifs and the Sierra del Aizkorri, including four of the highest peaks in Euskadi. The long gruelling course winds over beautiful mountain paths, starting in Zegama, 296m, and ascends and descends over very technical terrain reaching a maximum altitude of 1,551m.


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Val d’Isère, FRANCE

ICE-TRAIL TARENTAISE Mizuno-VAL d’isÈre

11&13 july

VK Face de Bellevarde

ENG

The Ice-Trail Tarentaise (ITT), 65km long and with 5,000m vertical climb, lies in the high mountains in the heart of the Killy Espace and the Vanoise National Park in a breathtaking panorama. The start and finish are in Val d’Isère, the internationally renowned ski resort. Now in it’s third year, the ITT is nothing less than an “extraordinary event”. The participants were unanimous about the difficulty of the course, today a point of reference for European “mountain” circuits. The altitude, often severe weather and difficult technical sections provide an exceptional challenge. The course continually flirts with 3,000m altitude and is currently the highest in Europe. In fact, the ITT sums up a host of superlatives – including an aid station at the Col de l’Iseran (27,764m), Europe’s highest road pass. FRA

l’Ice Trail Tarentaise (ITT) est un périple de 65 km et 5000m de dénivelé positive dans l’univers de la Haute Montagne au cœur de l’Espace Killy et du parc national de la Vanoise avec des paysages à couper le souffle. Le départ et l’arrivée se font à Val d’Isère, station de ski de renommée internationale. Maintenant dans sa troisième année, l’ITT est rien de moins que d’un «événement extraordinaire». Les participants sont unanimes quant à la grande difficulté du parcours et le considèrent déjà comme une référence dans le circuit des trails «montagne» européens. En effet, l’altitude, les conditions climatiques parfois difficiles et certains passages techniques auront raison d’une préparation hasardeuse. Le parcours, qui flirte régulièrement avec les 3000m d’altitude, est actuellement le plus haut tracé d’Europe. L’ITT, c’est le trail de tous les superlatifs car les coureurs auront aussi l’occasion de se ravitailler au Col de l’Iseran (2764m), le plus haut col routier d’Europe.

ULTRA Vk Date: July 13 Date: July 11 Distance: 65 km Distance: 3.8 km Elevation gain: 5,000m +/Elevation: 1100m + Records: Men: 7h35’32’’ Race records: Men 37’11 Women: 9h11’11’’ Women 46’10” Race director: Laurent Vinner Contact: direction@valsport.org Contact: icetrailtarentaise@gmail.com Location: Val d’Isère, Savoie Organization: Association Trailer Pays de Savoie / Club des Sports de Val d’Isère Web: www.icetrailtarentaise.fr Tel: +33 (0) 685 59 98 40

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Course description: The course is characterised by the ascent of the Grande Motte (3,653m) with 700m across a glacier to the summit, equipped for the occasion; and the round trip over the Aiguille Pers (3,386m) via the north ridge.


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Trentino, ITALY

DOLOMITES SkyRace

18&20 JULY

& VERTICAL KILOMETER

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The famous Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage site, attract sportsmen for the winter skiing and summer climbing, making it an ideal location for a major international skyrunning event. This spectacular race embodies the skyrunning concept to perfection: the quickest way from a town to the summit of a mountain and back. The venue is a long time favourite among the world’s top runners and over the years has hosted the 2008 SkyGames, the 2008 ISF constitutional assembly; the 2010 Vertical Kilometer World Championships; and the 2009, 2011 and 2013 European Skyrunning Championships for the Vertical and Sky disciplines. Once again, the Dolomites feature prominently on the World Series calendar, with races in both the Vertical and Sky Series. An extraordinary weekend unfolds where the world’s top ranked runners aim to get points in both races. ITA

Le Dolomiti sono famose in tutto il mondo, riconosciute anche come patrimonio UNESCO, attirano sportivi sia d’inverno per lo sci, sia d’estate per la arrampicata, cioè, un luogo ideale per un evento skyrunning di calibro internazionale. Questa spettacolare gara incarna il concetto skyrunning alla perfezione: la via più veloce dal paese alla vetta e ritorno. La località è da sempre una delle preferite tra i migliori corridori del mondo e, nel corso degli anni, ha ospitato gli SkyGames e l’assemblea costituzionale della ISF nel 2008; il Campionato del Mondo di Vertical Kilometer nel 2010; ed i Campionati Europei Skyrunning nel 2009, 2011 e 2013 per le discipline Vertical e Sky. Ancora una volta, la Dolomites Vertical Kilometer e la SkyRace saliranno alla ribalta delle World Series. Un weekend straordinario attende gli atleti più forti del mondo, dove punteranno al piazzamento in entrambe le gare per la scalata al ranking.

SKY Date: July 20 Distance: 22 km Elevation gain: 1,750m +/Records: Men: 2h00’11” Women: 2h26’22’’

VK Date: July 18 Distance: 2,100m Elevation gain: 1,000m Records: Men: 32’43” Women: 39’13”

Location: Canazei, Trento Organization: Comitato Dolomites SkyRace Race director: Diego Salvador Web: www.dolomiteskyrace.com Contact: info@dolomiteskyrace.com Tel: +39 0462 609600

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Course description: The 22 km SkyRace course starts and finishes in the centre of Canazei, featuring very steep climbs to the summit of the Piz Boè, 3,152m, often snow-covered, while the descent through even steeper gorges, is fast and technical. The Vertical Kilometer ascends 1,000m from Alba, 1.465m to the summit of the Crepa Neigra, 2,465m.

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Snowbird, Utah, USA

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Hoka one one speedgoat 50k

july ENG

Set in the spectacular world-class ski resort of Snowbird in the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah, the 50 km course traverses three peaks with 3,660m elevation gain and loss. The Speedgoat 50k was the brainstorm of ultra runner Karl Meltzer and the Snowbird events director who, back in 2007, came up with the idea to create the toughest 50k in the US at the Snowbird Ski Resort. With limited acreage to work with, they designed a route to satisfy the mountain runner who likes vertical climb at altitude. The course is run entirely on established trails and in many places gives the runner a chance to climb some steep ascents and run down rocky, technical terrain. The low point of the race is at 2,322m, with the high point at 3,368m. The average elevation of the entire race is around 2,900m, which Meltzer describes as “a real lung sucker”.  ESP

Situada en la espectacular estación de esquí de fama mundial de Snowbird en la cordillera Wasatch en Utah, los 50 kilometros  atraviesan tres picos con 3.660m de desnivel positivo y negativo. La Speedgoat 50K fue ideada por el ultra runner Karl Meltzer y el director de acontecimientos de Snowbird, que en el  200, se les ocurrió la idea de crear los 50 km mas difíciles de los EE.UU en el Snowbird Ski Resort. Aun teniendo a disposicion una superficie limitada, han diseñado un  recorrido para satisfacer el corredor de montaña que ama el ascenso vertical en altitud. La carrera  se desarrola enteramente por  senderos  ya establecidos y en muchos lugares le da al corredor la posibilidad de subir algunas cuestas empinadas y correr por terreno rocoso y técnico. El punto más bajo del recorrido es de 2.322m, el punto más alto a 3.368m. La altitud media es  aproximadamente  de 2.900m, lo que Meltzer describe como un “Chupa pulmones”.

ULTRA Location: Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah Date: 19 July Distance: 50 km Elevation gain: 3,660m +/ Race director: Karl Meltzer Web: www.karlmeltzer.com Contact: speedgoatkarl@gmail.com Records: Men: 5h08’07” Women: 6h17’02” Course description: 50 km over trail with 3,660m vertical elevation gain, the highest point of the course reaches 3,368m.

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Valais, SWITZERLAND

course de sierre - zinal

august ENG

This historic mountain race, 41 years old this year, is set in one of the most spectacular settings anywhere. In the heart of the Valais’ Alps, thousands of participants and supporters flock here year in year out to enjoy the warm atmosphere and the quality course. The entire race takes place on forest roads and mountain trails with a unique view of no less than five 4,000m mountains. Over the years, some of the world’s best runners have participated here and New Zealander Jonathan Wyatt, standing record holder, comments: “Every runner must participate in this legendary race at least once in their life.” FRA

La Course Sierre-Zinal vit sa 41e édition cette année. La course se déroule sur des chemins de forêt ou sur des sentiers de montagne. Ceux qui ont participé à Sierre-Zinal s’accordent tous à dire que c’est l’une des plus belles courses de montagne du monde, par la beauté des paysages, par la chaleur de l’ambiance, la qualité de son parcours. Le multiple champion du monde des courses de montagne, Jonathan Wyatt, recordman de l’épreuve a déclaré : «Cette course de tradition, chaque coureur doit l’avoir faite au moins une fois dans sa vie ». Sierre-Zinal est aussi appelée la « Course de Cinq 4’000 » parce que l’on voit de son parcours cinq sommets qui culminent à plus de quatre-mille mètres.

SKY Location: Start in Sierre and finish in Zinal Date: August 10 Distance: 31 km Elevation gain: 2,200m +/Organization:Zinal Tourist Office Race director: Jean-Claude Pont Web: www.sierre-zinal.com Contact: info@sierre-zinal.com Tel: +41 27 475 41 61 Race record: Men 2h29’12”. Women: 2h54’26”

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Course description: The race begins with a very steep rise from 570 to 1,870m (about 33% of total time) and continues with a rolling path to the foot of the mountain. A steady ascent that takes top runners ten minutes, leads to the Weisshorn Hotel at 2,350m on the summit, (approximately 75% of total time). After a brief climb, the short but steep trail descends towards Zinal.


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Zermatt, SWITZERLAND

matterhorn ultraks 46K

aug ENG

A new race is shaped by the true values of Trail. In the heart of one of the most fabulous mountain regions in the world, the majestic Matterhorn towers ever-present throughout the race. The Matterhorn Trail Ultraks offers three different distances so everyone can live their adventure, whatever their physical capabilities or level of training. The races have a common point of departure and arrival, the Place de la Gare, and traverse Zermatt’s unique environment: glaciers, small, flower-filled hamlets and forests. The terrain is varied, technical... magnificent - and very accessible to the spectators! The “46K” race, selected for the Skyrunner World Series and designed by Swiss athlete Martin Anthamatten, anticipates a line-up of great champions. Zermatt is waiting for you! FRA

Une nouvelle course façonnée par les vraies valeurs du Trail. Au coeur d’une des plus fabuleuses régions de montagne du monde, au pied du majestueux Cervin omniprésent durant toute la course, le Trail du Matterhorn Ultraks propose trois parcours différents permettant à chacun de vivre l’aventure selon ses capacités physiques et son niveau d’entraînement. Les parcours ont comme point commun de partir et d’arriver Place de la Gare et de traverser toutes les ambiances de Zermatt: décor de glaciers, petits hameaux fleuris ou encore secteurs de forêt. Un terrain varié, technique… merveilleux - et très accessible pour les spectateurs! C’est l’épreuve « 46K », dont le tracé a été imaginé par Martin Anthamatten, qui est inscrite au calendrier des « Skyrunner World Series », ce qui présage d’un plateau de champions exceptionnels. Zermatt n’attend plus que vous !

SKY Location: Zermatt, Valais Date: August 23 Distance: 46 km Elevation gain: 3,600m +/Records: Men: 4h43’05” Women: 5h41’16” Organization: Ultraks SA Race directors: Simon Anthamatten - Thierry Gasser Web: www.ultraks.com Contact: info@ultraks.com

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Course description: The 46K loop with 3,600m vertical climb starts and finishes in the centre of Zermatt. The course requires speed, technique and power to reach the summit of the Gornergrat, at 3,100m, the highest point of the course facing the world-famous Matterhorn.


Athletes: Marc Pinsach, Javier Martin de Villa· Photo: KME Michael Müller

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ALPINE RUNNING “WE NEED SHOCK ABSORPTION TO PRESERVE OUR BODIES AND ENHANCE OUR PERFORMANCE IN EXTREME DOWNHILL RUNS AND TRAIL MARATHONS.”

MARC PINSACH & JAVIER MARTIN DE VILLA


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Val Masino, Sondrio, ITALY

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Kima Trophy

august ENG

The Kima Trophy Ultra SkyMarathon has for 19 years been a landmark event for ultra runners thanks to the highly technical 50 km course over seven passes with 3,800m vertical climb - a massive 7,600m of ascent and descent. Treacherous moraine, snowfields and exposed crests feature largely on the course, with loose boulders and fixed ropes required to assist the vertical ascents and descents. The race was conceived in 1994 by organiser Ilde Marchetti to commemorate her brother and, with the help of skyrunning pioneers Marino Giacometti, Adriano Greco and Fabio Meraldi, it became not only a reality in 1995, but grew to be a legend. To ensure the runners’ safety and for the protection of the rugged mountain environment, the extremely technical course is capped at 250 with tight cut-off times. A biennial event, it’s defined by Kilian Jornet, 2010 and 2012 winner, as “the most spectacular race in the world”. An icon and a dream for many. ITA

Il Trofeo Kima Ultra SkyMarathon, grazie al suo percorso di 50 km estremamente tecnici, i sette colli e i 7.600m di dislivello complessivo, da 19 anni è l’evento di riferimento per i migliori skyrunner. Il percorso è un continuo susseguirsi di rocce infide, nevai, creste esposte, massi instabili e di corde fisse necessarie per l’assistenza nei tratti di salita e discesa verticali. La gara, nata nel 1994 dall’idea Ilde Marchetti al fine di commemorare il fratello, con l’aiuto dei pionieri dello skyrunning, Marino Giacometti, Adriano Greco e Fabio Meraldi, non solo è diventata una realtà nel 1995, ma nel corso degli anni è cresciuta fino a diventare una vera e propria leggenda. Per garantire la sicurezza dei corridori e tutelare al meglio l’ambiente montano, la gara è limitata a 250 concorrenti con cancelli orari particolarmente stretti. E’ un evento biennale, definito da Kilian Jornet, vincitore delle edizioni 2010 e 2012, come “la corsa più spettacolare del mondo”. Un’icona e un sogno per molti.

ULTRA Location: Val Masino, Sondrio Date: August 31 Distance: 49.5 km Elevation gain: 3,800m +/Organization: Associazione Kima Web: www.trofeokima.org Contact: info@trofeokima.org Records: Men: 6h19’03”. Women: 7h36’21” Course description: The 50k course starts and finishes in the small town of Val Masino and climbs constantly over rocky, technical terrain, including stretches of fixed ropes. With 3,800m vertical climb, it crosses seven passes. The highest point is the Passo del Cameraccio at 2,950m.

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2014 Skyrunner® World Series Rules Competitors and team leaders are advised to consult the full regulations. See full ISF Skyrunning Rules: www.skyrunning.com INTRODUCTION – The Skyrunner® World Series is based on three separate circuits in various countries in the Vertical, Sky and Ultra disciplines. Each Series is open to individual runners and to sponsored teams.

Titles and prizes will be awarded in each Series as follows: SKY: $ 3,000 / 1,500 / 750. ULTRA: $ 3,000 / 1,500 / 750. VERTICAL: $1,000 / 700 / 300 NB: Prizes will be assigned only to athletes who are present at the final race of each Series.

COMPETITORS RULES SKYRUNNER® WORLD SERIES RULES Titles and prizes are awarded to competitors with the highest points based on the sum of the three best race results in each Series. INDIVIDUAL POINTS SYSTEM – Each race assigns points based on the winning men’s/women’s results according to the “Ranking points breakdown: 100-88-78-72-68-66-64-62-60-58-5654-52-50 down to 2 points, to the 40th position for men and 15th position for women”. The ranking points in the final races of each Series will be increased by 20% . SPONSORED TEAMS –The team ranking system is based on the individual points scored by the first three men and the first woman of the same team in each race. The team ranking system and rules are valid for all three disciplines. Participation in the Skyrunner® World Series is open to all teams whatever their nationality or national membership of the individuals. The composition, nationality and name of the team must be declared on the ISF form at the beginning of the Series and must be updated for registering new members at least 12 hours before each race. Each team may be composed of a minimum of two to a maximum of 12 components (mixed gender) regardless of their nationality. Only one sponsor may be ranked per athlete. A registered team member cannot be replaced by another who has not participated in any of the Series’ races in the current year. All members of each team must be identified by the same kit or logo. A representative from each team (Team Leader) will represent the team in every race. The team leader, who need not be the same person throughout the circuit, should be identified on registration at every race. It is the team leader’s responsibility to liaise with the race organisers and/or ISF officials. NB: After registering with the ISF, entry must be made direct with the individual race organiser in compliance with the rules of that race. AWARDS – At the end of the SWS, the first three skyrunners (men and women) with the most points will be declared “Skyrunner® World Champions”. The top three teams with the most points will be declared “Skyrunner® World Champion Team” in descending order. PRIZES – Before the start of each season, the ISF will publish the final SWS awards and their distribution in each series, rewarding men and women alike, including any benefits, trophies and medals. Total cash prizes US $ 25,000.

COMPLIANCE WITH RULES - It is compulsory for all competitors to adhere to the rules and the local race rules, to observe good sportsmanship towards the other competitors, organisers, public and representatives. It is compulsory to participate in the local pre-race briefing. COMPETITORS - The official ISF competitions are open to runners who must be in possession of a medical certificate valid for the law of the country where the race is held. Competitors taking part in a competition in the ISF official calendar declare they have read and accept these rules and the general ISF rules. CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT - Competitors must wear and/ or carry the clothing or equipment required by the race organiser. To ensure competitors’ safety these must conform to the organisers’ requirements and be in perfect condition. The chairman of the jury reserves the right to reject any equipment judged to be defective or inadequate. SKYRUNNING EQUIPMENT - In addition to individual race rules it may be necessary to include the use of tights, gloves, windproof jackets, hydration packs, helmets, sunglasses, etc depending on the course and/or weather conditions, conforming to the ISF general skyrunning rules. The compulsory or recommended need for these materials must be published by the organisers before each race and announced in the pre-race briefing. The use of ski poles is regulated by each race organiser and the approval of the ISF Technical Commission either by allowing their use for the entire race, in a specific section, or even prohibiting their use. It is compulsory that the points are always protected. WINNERS JERSEYS - The race winners (male and female) must wear the Winners Jersey (supplied by the ISF) on the podium. If the jersey is not worn, points in the SWS will not be assigned whatever the final position of the runner. CHAMPIONS JERSEYS - The SWS race winners (first ranked male and female) must wear the Champions Jersey on the podium. CATEGORIES - In official ISF competitions only two categories exist: men and women of 18 years of age or over. Only these will appear on the ISF ranking. NB: The ISF official calendar is based on races organised by third parties. Local race regulations must be consistent with the official ISF rules. In the event of conflict, the ISF rules and the decision of the ISF representatives will prevail.


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Big Sky, Montana, USA

The Rut 50K

12&13 sep

lone peak vertical kilometer

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Montana’s aptly named Big Sky Resort rolls out the carpet to welcome America’s first Skyrunner Ultra Series final with The Rut 50K, flanked by a Vertical Kilometer to the lofty heights of Lone Peak. Race founders and organisers are world-class ultra runners Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, who bring on board both their running and organising experience to create a challenging and spectacular event true to skyrunning values. The race takes its name from the magic of early fall when the leaves turn to gold and the elk mating season begins with The Rut. Close to Yellow Stone Park, Big Sky, primarily known for its winter activities, is in fact America’s largest ski resort offering ideal skyrunning terrain to the 3,403m summit of Lone Peak, the highest point in both events. ESP

Montana, justamente llamada Big Sky Resort, extiende la alfombra de bienvenida a la primera final de la Skyrunner Ultra Series de America, The Rut 50K, flanqueada por un Kilómetro Vertical a las alturas de Lone Peak. Los fundadores y organizadores de la carrera son corredores de ultras de clase mundial, Mike Wolfe y Mike Foote, que traen su experiencia sea como corredores y organizadores a la hora de crear un evento desafiante y espectacular fiel a los valores del skyrunning. La carrera coge el nombre de la magia de principios del otoño, cuando las hojas se convierten en oro y empieza la temporada de apareamiento de los alces. Cerca del Yellow Stone Park, Big Sky, conocido principalmente por sus actividades invernales, es de hecho la estación de esquí más grande de America que ofrece un terreno ideal para el skyrunning.

ULTRA Date: September 13 Distance: 50 km Elevation gain: 3,040m +/Records: Men: 5h13’08” Women: 6h48’20”

VK Date: September 12 Distance: 4.2 km Elevation: 1,057m

Organization: The Runner’s Edge Race director: Mike Foote Web: www.runtherut.com Contact: mike@runnersedgemt.com

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Course description: The challenging 50 km course starts and finishes in Big Sky Resort summiting Lone Peak with 3,040m elevation gain. The course is 60% single track, 30% dirt road and 10% off trail. Four aid stations are posted. The VK, as the name suggests, ascends steeply for 1,000m to the same summit.


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Limone sul Garda, ITALY

Limone Extreme Skyrace

10&11 october

Vertical Grèste de la Mughéra

ENG

Some races seem to write their own destiny. The Limone Extreme SkyRace and Vertical Kilometer enjoyed enormous success as the 2013 Skyrunner World Series finals, and 2014 looks set for a repeat performance. The events represent an important occasion for Limone, Riva del Garda and Ledro where outdoor mountain sports are widely practised. Limone counts just 1,160 inhabitants and, since the 1940’s, could be accessed only by the Lake or across the mountains. Today, Limone is one of the most frequented tourist resorts in the area, famous for its lemon groves, the prestigious olive oil and the longevity of its people. The steep lime cliffs that ascend skywards from the lake are perfect for the two skyrunning disciplines, rewarding the VK spectators with an incredible night time spectacle and the SkyRace participants with a breath-taking view from above, down to the lake below. ITA

Vi sono gare il cui destino pare già scritto. E’ questo il caso della Limone Extreme SkyRace e del Vertical Kilometer che hanno avuto un successo straordinario come finali delle Skyrunner World Series 2013; e anche quest’anno si ripeterà il successo. Occasione che rappresenta una bellissima opportunità per i paesi di Limone, Riva del Garda e Ledro; paesi dove le discipline outdoor di montagna sono gli sport più praticati. Limone sul Garda conta poco più di 1.160 abitanti e sino agli anni quaranta, raggiungibile solo via lago o attraverso le montagne. Oggi Limone è una tra le località turistiche più frequentate della zona, famoso per le sue limonaie, il suo pregiato olio d’oliva, e per la longevità dei suoi abitanti. Le ripide pareti calcaree che salgono dal lago dritte verso il cielo sono perfette per le due specialità skyrunning, regalando agli spettatori della VK uno strepitoso spettacolo “by night” e, ai concorrenti della SkyRace, una vista mozzafiato dal cielo verso il lago.

Sky Vk Date: October 11 Date: October 10 Distance: 23.5 km Distance: 3 km Elevation gain: 2,002m +/Elevation: 1080m + Records: Men 2h13’34 Race records: Men 37’11 Women 2h46’13” Women 46’10” Location: Limone sul Garda Organization: ASD SS Limonese Race director: Fabio Meraldi Web: www.limonextreme.com Contact: info@limonextreme.com

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Course description: Both events are over very steep, rocky limestone trail. The VK takes place at night on an illuminated course reflected in the lake. The SkyRace starts by the edge of the lake in Limone and rises steeply to summit Monte Carone (1,621m) in a 23.5 km loop to finish at the point of departure.


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