The stage is set for the inaugural Skyrunner® World Series Vertical Kilometer on the island of La Palma. Starting at the beach resort of Tazacorte, Skyrunners® will climb the steep and technical zigzag climb onwards and upwards in a lung bursting and quad busting ascent.
Notorious and some would say, in-famous, this technical trail has been a deciding factor in the Transvulcania La Palma main event in recent years as runners descend from the highest point of the course to the port of Tazacorte. For the first time, runners will now be able to test themselves against each other ‘in reverse’ on what will be an incredible visual spectacle.
Just one look at the mountain face and it is difficult to believe a trail exists… however, occasionally you will get a glimpse of a figure going up or coming down and the realization hits. Offering spectacular views, the VK will be a great showcase not only for the island of La Palma but also for the runners who will participate.
Laura Orgue along with Antonella Confortola requires no introduction to aficionados of the VK distance. Add to the mix, Emelie Forsberg and Elisa Desco and we have an incredible line up that will illuminate the winding path from the beach.
Kilian Jornet, fresh from a winter on skis will be looking to test his climbing legs against Marco Facchinelli, Bernard & Martin Dematteis, David Laney and Oscar and Marc Casal amongst others.
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The racing starts at 1700 hours, Thursday may 8th
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