A day to travelling and I have arrived in La Palma, the home of Transvulcania. It’s apt that I should be in the place where Skyrunning transformed itself in 2012. What has followed has been an epic journey and the sport has changed with the passing of each year.

As 2016 comes to a close, the announcement of the 2017 calendar once again brings new races, new changes – we are in for a seriously exciting year in the SKY!

The Skyrunner® World Series will consist of the Sky Classic category with eleven races, the new Extreme Series, introduced earlier this year, now with four races, and the Ultra Series with eight.



May 2                     Yading Skyrun, 30 km, China
May 28                 *Maratòn Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri, 42 km, Spain 
June 18                  Livigno SkyMarathon®, Italy
June 24                  Olympus Marathon, Greece
July 8                     Buff Epic Trail 42KM, Spain
July 22                   Dolomites SkyRace, 22 km, Canazei, Italy
July 30                   SkyRace Comapedrosa, 21 km, Andorra
August 26              *Matterhorn Ultraks «46K», Zermatt, Switzerland
September 2         The Rut 25K, Montana, USA
September 16       Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace, 29km, Kinlochleven, UK
October14           *Skyrunning Extreme – 23 km, Limone sul Garda, Italy



July 16                    Royal Gran Paradiso, 53 km, Ceresole Reale, Italy
August 5              *Tromsø SkyRace®, 53 km, Tromsø, Norway
September 17        Salomon Glen Coe Skyline, 55 km, Kinlochleven, UK
August 26              Matterhorn Ultraks «X-K», Zermatt, Switzerland – TBC subject to course



May 13                   Transvulcania Ultramarathon, 75 km, La Palma, Canaries, Spain
June 3                    Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira, 55 km, Madeira, Portugal
June 9                    Scenic Trail 113K, Lugano, Switzerland
July 8                    *High Trail Vanoise, 68 km, Val d’Isère, France 
August 12               Devil’s Ridge Ultra 80K, Gobi Desert, China – TBC
September 3          The Rut 50K, Montana, USA
September 16        Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra, 100 km, Kinlochleven, UK
September 23       Ultra Pirineu, 110 km, Bagà, Spain

(*Extra 20% points)

Lauri van Houten provides the details for The 2017 SKYRUNNER® WORLD SERIES

The ranking will be based on the five best results in the Sky Classic Series, two in the Extreme and three in the Ultra Series. The end of season bonus pool will rise to a total of € 60,000.

Who is the best all-round skyrunner? Based on the five best results in the three categories: one Ultra, one or two Extreme and two or three Sky Classic, a € 10,000 prize will be awarded to a men’s and women’s Overall Champion.

To accommodate the greater number of races, an extra 20 % points will be awarded in certain races on an annual rotation basis as follows: Sky Classic, three;  Extreme, one; Ultra one.

Notably, the Vertical Kilometer® will no longer be a part of the World Series but conduct its very own circuit. Details will follow soon.


Maximum number of results taken into account

Classic:      5
Extreme:   2
Ultra:         3

Computing of overall ranking

  • Compete in at least one race in each category
  • Maximum 5 results counted as follows:
    – 4 between Classic and Extreme with at least 1 of each
    – 1 Ultra


Thanks to the support of our Partner Migu Xempower, Sponsor Alpina Watches and Official Pool Suppliers, Scott RunningCompressport and Salomon.

About Skyrunner® World Series
Skyrunning was founded in 1992 by Italian Marino Giacometti, President of the International Skyrunning Federation which sanctions the discipline worldwide and sports the tagline:
Less cloud. More sky.

The Skyrunner® World Series was launched in 2004 and has grown to represent the peak of outdoor running defined by altitude and technicality. In 2016, the Series, composed of four disciplines, featured 23 races in 15 venues on three continents.

2017 will be bigger and better, join us in the SKY!

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