Kilimanjaro (2014) and Aconcagua (2015) speed climbing record holder, Karl Egloff, this past weekend set a new world record in Russia while running the RedFox Elbrus SkyMarathon.
Egloff bettered the previous record set by Vitaly Shkel from Russia by 18-minutes. The previous record of 4:38 now stands at 4-hours 20-minutes.
Starting at Azau Glade at an altitude of 2450m, the course goes up to 5642m where runners turn around and then re-trace back down to 2450m at Azau. Like the recent racing in China at the Yading Skyrunning Festival, the Elbrus race sets a new benchmark in Skyrunning. The 25km course has a lung and leg busting altitude gain of 3300m.
Now in its 8th year, thew Red Fox Elbrus race weekend has a series of races that personify the ethos of Skyrunning. In addition to a Vertical Kilometer and SkyMarathon race, the weekend also includes a ski and snowshoe race. Twenty nationalities and over 500 participants joined the action over an incredible weekend.
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With this third record, Karl gets one step closer to his objective of doing the 7 Summits records in speed climbing.
His current record for Kilimanjaro is 6:42 and Aconcagua is 11:52.
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