Getting steep and getting high, the 2018 Skyrunner® World Series was announced today.
Since 1989 and the pioneering days of Marino Giacometti, Skyrunning has developed and grown into one of the most prestigious mountain running circuits in the world.
The catchphrase, Less Cloud, More Sky sums the sport up perfectly.
2018 brings a new circuit with old and familiar races but importantly the distances of SKY CLASSIC, ULTRA and EXTREME combine – SKY CLASSIC and SKY EXTRA.
The 2018 Season
China will kick-off the season with the Yading Skyrun in April.
May brings us two iconic races that over the years have become favorites for Skyrunner’s all over the world, Transvulcania and Zegama-Aizkorri.
June kicks-off with USM – Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira followed by TBC, Olympus Marathon (Greece).
Buff Epic 42km (Spain) is the first race in July closely followed by High Trail Vanoise (France) and the iconic Dolomites SkyRace (Italy) and Comapedrosa (Andorra).
Tromso SkyRace (Norway) is a stunning way to start August and the highly anticipated Trofeo Kima (Italy) returns (this race is every two years) on the same weekend as Matterhorn Ultraks (Switzerland).
The RUT 25km (USA) begins September and then Skyline Scotland will host the Glen Coe Skyline (Scotland) ahead of the Ultra Pirineu (Spain).
Pirin Ultra SkyRace (Bulgaria) kicks-off October and Limone Extreme (Italy) concludes the season once again in the mountains that back on to Lake Garda.
Each of the bonus races will award 50% extra points.
There will be three Sky Classic and two Sky Extra bonus races.
- Olympus Marathon
- SkyRace Comapedrosa
- Limone Extreme
- Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira
- Trofeo Kima
Sky Classic Ranking
The Sky Classic Ranking will take into account a maximum of the five best seasons’ results in this category.
Sky Extra Ranking (Extreme and Ultra Races)
The Sky Extra Ranking will take into account a maximum of the four best seasons’ results in this category.
The Overall Ranking will be the focus of the season and a foretaste of the single ranking that will apply from 2019.
All athletes scoring points in any race will enter the Overall Ranking.
The ranking will take into account a maximum of the best two results in each category.
The 2018 End of Season Bonus Pool will increase amount 66,000 EUR (in increase from 60’000 EUR in 2017). Men and Women will be equally rewarded and emphasis will be put on the Overall ranking. The breakdown will be as follows:
Sky Classic 5000 euro
Sky Extra 5000 euro
Sky Classic 2500 euro
Sky Extra 2500 euro
Sky Classic 1500 euro
Sky Extra 1500 euro
THE FUTURE IN THE SKY – 2019 VISION
The Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series in 2019 will continue within the footsteps pioneered by Giacometti, Meraldi and Brunod to establish itself as the premier circuit for mountain running worldwide.
Varied distances, varied terrain and locations all over the world.
As the running world continues to grow at a pace, the Skyrunner® World Series will look to set new standards in 2019.
- Races will not exceed 16-hours.
- Distances will be 22km to 66km.
- A SkyRace will be clarified by technicality, speed, intensity and extreme terrain.
- A race rating of 1 – 3 will based on the following:
- Climbing difficulty.
- Altitude reached.
- Single vertical difference.
- Snow fields and glaciers.
For example, Extreme races are 3.
THE BIG NEWS
A single ranking for 2019 to determine who is the best Skyrunner® in the world.
The calendar will run April to October with a spread of races that will number 15-20 on different continents.
Four races in the season will be ‘SuperSky Races’ and will reward more points.
THE ‘KONA’ OF THE SKY
Ironman has its KONA and Skyrunning will have its THE SKY MASTERS – a race to end the season that will gather the best-of-the-best to race head-to-head at an iconic location.
Each SkyRace will have a price purse of 6000 euro.
The end of season bonus pool will amount to 100.000 euro.
More details and information to follow