The International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) is pleased to announce the
2016 SKYRUNNER® WORLD SERIES
Taking Skyrunning to the next level with the best races, new events and what’s more, skyrunning is going EXTREME!
In addition to the successful Vertical, Sky and Ultra formats, the ISF is pleased to announce the introduction of the Sky Extreme Series. Three countries, three super-technical races and runners worldwide will have a real opportunity to embrace the skyrunning ethos.
“When I discovered Skyrunning years ago it was the images of small runners traversing huge glaciers, scrambling rock ridges and descending steep snow fields. I’m really happy to see this new Series, with the most technical races – the soul of skyrunning!” – Kilian Jornet
Sky Extreme kicks off on August 7, with the Tromsø SkyRace® in Norway, where Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg launched the first, made-to-measure SkyRace in the Northern territories. The biennial Kima Trophy is back and the 2016 series will conclude with a new entry, the Glencoe Skyline. Set in the Scottish Highlands, it’s probably the toughest skyrunning race to date.
The Sky Series counts extends to 8 races in 6 countries and 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 will offer a challenging and technical 55k to the island’s highest point.
An end of season prize purse to the value of €36,000 will reward the remarkable efforts of the athletes competing in the 2016 Series and the combined prize purse will be over €135,000.
“We’re glad we can give more back to the athletes. In this sport, the rewards don’t just come from touching the sky, but a tangible compensation for their incredible performance.”
– Marino Gicamoetti (ISF President and founder)
2016 SKYRUNNER® WORLD SERIES
April 30 Yading Skyrun – 29 km, Sichuan – China
May 22 Maratòn 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® Comapedrosa, 22 km – Andorra
Aug 20 Matterhorn Ultraks 46K – Zermatt – Switzerland
Sept 4 The Rut 25K – Big Sky, Montana – USA
Oct 22 Limone Extreme SkyRace® – 23 km, Limone Sul Garda – Italy
August 7 Tromsø SkyRace® – 50 km, Tromsø – Norway
August 28 Kima Ultra SkyMarathon® – 50 km. Val Masino – Italy
Sept 18 Glen Coe Skyline- 53 km, Glen Coe – Scotland
May 5 TVU Vertical – Tazacorte, 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 Blamann Vertical – Tromsø – Norway
Sept 2 Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer® – Montana – USA
Oct 21 Vertical Kilometer® Grèste de la Mughéra – Limone Sul Garda -Italy
May 7 Transvulcania Ultramarathon – 75 km, La Palma – Spain
June 4 Ultra SkyMarathon® Madeira – 55 km, Madeira – Portugal
July 10 High Trail Vanoise – 68K, Val d’Isère – France
Sept 4 The Rut 50K, Big Sky, Montana – USA
Sept 24 Ultra Pirineu – 110 km, Bagà – Spain
Skyrunner® World Series Ranking
Maximum number of results scored:
Sky Extreme: two best results
Ultra: three best results
Sky & Vertical: four best results