|The 2016 Skyrunner® World Series takes skyrunning to the next level. The best races, new events and what’s more, it’s going extreme! In addition to the successful Vertical, Sky and Ultra formats, we are pleased to announce the introduction of the Sky Extreme Series. Three countries, three super-technical races represent a real opportunity to embrace the skyrunning ethos.
The Sky Extreme kicks off on August 7, with the Tromsø SkyRace® in Norway, where Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberglaunched the first, made-to-measure SkyRace in Northern territories. To complete the Sky Extreme Series, the biennial Kima Trophy is back and concludes with new entry, the Glen Coe Skyline. Set in the Scottish Highlands, it’s probably the toughest skyrunning race to date.
The Sky Series counts now 8 races in 6 countries as it goes to Mainland China with the Yading Skyrun which opens the season in April. The highest race in the World Series, it reaches a breath-taking 4,700m altitude on the Tibetan Plateau in China’s spectacular Sichuan mountains.
More new races include the Livigno Outdoor Race Experience and Santa Caterina Vertical Kilometer® in Sondrio, Italy, designed by the magic hand of top skyrunner Marco De Gasperi. Summiting the highest point in the Principality of Andorra, the SkyRace® Comapedrosa represents a true skyrunning challenge, reaching nearly 3,000m elevation. New entry from Portugal, the Ultra SkyMarathon® Madeira offers a challenging and technical 55k to the island’s highest point.
To reward the remarkable effort of the athletes competing in the Series, the end of season prize purse will be € 36,000, making a combined prize purse of over € 135,000.
2016 SKYRUNNER® WORLD SERIES
April 30 – Yading Skyrun – 29 km, Sichuan – China
May 22 – Maratón Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri – 42 km, Zegama – Spain
June 26 – Livigno Outdoor Race Experience – 30 km, Livigno – Italy
July 17 – Dolomites SkyRace® – 22 km, Canazei – Italy
July 31 – SkyRace® Coma Pedrosa – 22 km, Andorra
August 20 – Matterhorn Ultraks 46K – Zermatt – Switzerland
September 4 – The Rut 25K – Big Sky Montana – USA
October 15 – Limone Extreme SkyRace® – 23 km, Limone sul Garda – Italy
August 7 – Tromsø SkyRace® – 50km, Tromsø – Norway
August 28 – Kima Trophy – 50 km, Valmasino – Italy
September 18 – Salomon Glen Coe Skyline – 53 km, Glen Coe – Scotland
May 7 – Transvulcania Ultramarathon – 75 km, La Palma – Spain
June 4 – Ultra SkyMarathon® Madeira – 55 km, Madeira – Portugal
July 10 – High Trail Vanoise – 68 km, Val d’Isère – France
September 4 – The Rut 50K – Big Sky, Montana – USA
September 24 – Ultra Pirineu – 110 km, Bagà – Spain
May 5 – KM Vertical – La Palma – Spain
June 24 – Santa Caterina Vertical Kilometer – Sondrio – Italy
July 10 – Kilomètre Vertical Face De Bellevarde – Val d’Isère – France
July 15 – Dolomites Vertical Kilometer® – Canazei – Italy
August 5 – Blaman Vertical – Tromsø – Norway
September 2 – Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer® – Big Sky, Montana – USA
October 14 – Limone Extreme Vertical Kilometer® – Limone sul Garda – Italy
Skyrunner® World Series Ranking
Maximum number of results scored:
Sky Extreme: two best results
Ultra: three best results
Sky: four best results
Vertical: four best results
Ranking points breakdown: 100-88-78-72-68… down to 2 points, to the 30th position for men and 15th position for women.
Ranking points in the final races will be increased by 20%