ISF 2013 World Ranking – Skyrunning

Crowds supporting at a Skyrunning event copyright Ian Corless

Crowds supporting at a Skyrunning event copyright Ian Corless

The ISF announces the 2013 World Ranking Races with 50 races selected from 14 countries and four continents which, at the end of the season, will establish the world’s 100 élite athletes in the three disciplines:  Sky, Ultra and Vertical.

The ranking is based on a consolidated formula also used in other sports but for the first time, adapted to mountain courses.  The formula comprises an exclusive ISF algorithm, which also takes into consideration factors such as the number of élite athletes participating and the winners’ advantage over the other top finishers.

The three best results in each category are counted with a correction factor for races with at least five élite athletes from the current year’s ranking present.  The fifty 2013 ranked races are based on:

2013 World Race Ranking – Sky

Tom Owens behind 'Hernando' in the early stages of Zegama 2012 copyright Ian Corless

Tom Owens behind ‘Hernando’ in the early stages of Zegama 2012 copyright Ian Corless

3 Peaks Race April 27 GBR
Elbrus Vertical SkyMarathon May 9 RUS
Maratòn Zegama-Aizkorri May 26 ESP
Ziria Cross Country SkyMarathon June 2 GRE
International SkyRace June 9 SUI
Maratón Alpino Madrileño June 16 ESP
Mont-Blanc Marathon June 30 FRA
Olympus SkyMarathon June 30 GRE
Kilian’s Classic July 7 FRA
Maratona del Cielo July 7 ITA
Challenge Irazu SkyMarathon July 14 COS
Dolomites SkyRace July 21 ITA
Fuji Mountain Race July 27 JAP
Giir di Mont SkyMarathon July 28 ITA
Course de Sierre Zinal August 10 SUI
Marathon du Montcalm August 17 FRA
Pikes Peak Marathon August 18 USA
Matterhorn Ultraks 46k August 24 SUI
The Ben Nevis Race September 7 GBR
Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon September 10 MAS
Skyrunning Xtreme September 13 ITA

SKY – races more than 22 km and less than 50 km long with at least 1,300m positive vertical climb (SkyRace® and SkyMarathon®)

2013 World Race Ranking – Ultra

Tom Owens running a ridge at the stunning Trofeo Kima copyright Ian Corless

Tom Owens running a ridge at the stunning Trofeo Kima copyright Ian Corless

Tarawera Ultramarathon March 16 NZL
Ultra Trail Mt Fuji April 26 JPN
Transvulcania Ultramarathon May 11 ESP
Ronda dels Cims June 21 AND
Zugspitz Ultratrail June 22 GER
Mont-Blanc 80 km June 28 FRA
Lavaredo Ultra Trail June 28 ITA
Western States Endurance Run June 29 USA
Ice-Trail Tarentaise July 14 FRA
Trans d’Havet July 27 ITA
Speedgoat 50K July 28 USA
Leadville Trail 100 Run August 18 USA
Le Grand Raid des Pyrenees August 23 FRA
CCC August 30 FRA
UTMB August 30 FRA
Run Rabbit Run September 13 USA
Ultra Race of Champions UROC September 28 USA
Cavalls del Vents September 29 ESP
La Diagonale des Fous October 18 FRA
Les Grand Trail des Templiers October 27 FRA

2013 World Race Ranking – Vertical

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Elbrus Vertical Kilometer May 7  RUS
Cara Amón Vertical Kilometer MAY 18 ESP
Orobie Vertical June 2 ITA
Mont-Blanc Vertical KM June 28 FRA
Chilometro Verticale Lagunc July 14 ITA
Dolomites Vertical Kilometer July 19 ITA
Gerania Vertical Kilometer September 8 GRE
Le Km Vertical Du Fully October 4 SUI
Xtreme Vertical Kilometer October 11 ITA
Kilometro Vertical del Puig Campana November 4 ESP

In January, the ISF published a first list of élite athletes based on the analysis of the results of the most significant races in 2012 in twelve countries in three continents.  At the end of the season the 2013 élite ranking will be published and, in 2014, the goal is to include one hundred races.

To give a global vision of who the world’s top athletes are, the ISF has devised a ranking system based on a number of variables including the number of élite athletes present at each event. In order to create a basis for 2013 for the Sky, Ultra and Vertical Kilometer® distances, a first list of élite athletes has been drawn up based on an analysis of the results of the most significant races in 2012 in twelve countries and three continents.From 2013 an exclusive algorithm will also be applied.  The 2013 ranking will be based on 50 selected races (20 Sky, 20 Ultra, 10 VK), with the aim of reaching 100 races in 2014.

The ISF 2013 World Ranking represents the first major step towards an instant panorama of the world’s top races and élite runners – an indispensable tool for athletes, organisers and sponsors alike.

ISF website http://www.skyrunning.com

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