Dolomites SKYRACE 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

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At 22km long with 10km uphill and 12km downhill The Dolomites SkyRace is a tough Skyrunning race that perfectly shows the ethos of the sport – start low, get high and then return as quickly as possible. Piz Boe at 3152m is the high point of the course and what follows is a technical descent to the starting town of Canazei.

Kilian Jornet and Megan Kimmel hold the current course, their times 2:00:11 and 2:25:57 recorded in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Starting in Piazza Marconi, Canazei at 0830, 4 hours 30 minutes are allocated for participants to complete the course.

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From the gun Aritz Egea dictated the pace and lead a chasing trio of 2015 champion Tadei Pivk, Stian Overgaard and Martin Anthamatten. On the slopes leading up Piz Boe, Egea was relegated to 4th and a battle was on for victory.

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At the summit, Pivk took the lead and descended without fear as Anthamatten and Overgaard chased.

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Pivk was too strong though crossing the line in 2:03. Overgaard in his first Skyrunning race placed 3rd in 2:04 and 2015 Matterhorn Ultraks champion, Anthamatten placed 3rd.

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In the ladies’ race, Laura Orgue was always going to be the lady to beat, the only question mark would come on her ability to descend from the summit of Piz Boe… easier this year she broke her leg in a skiing accident.

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We should have no questions! From the beginning Orgue pushed the pace and the only lady in close contention was Elisa Desco. Orgue summited first and then held that lead all the way to the line besting Desco by 2-minutes, 2:28 to 2:30.

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Surprise of the day came in the ladies 3rd place, Celia Chiron who ran an incredible 2:32. Pre-race favourites Yngvild Kaspersen finished 5th and post-race said, “I had bad feelings today and my legs were just heavy.” It was a similar story for 2016 Transvulcania champion, Ida Nilsson.

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Attention now turns to this coming weekend, the Skyrunning World Championships will take place in Spain with VK, SKY and ULTRA races


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, features 23 races in 15 venues on three continents.

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Face de Bellevarde VK 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

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Christel Dewalle and Xavier Gachet set the trails of the Face de Bellevarde VK on fire yesterday as they not only went in pursuit of victory but the opportunity to win the use of a BMW car for 1-year – a special prize offered by the race!

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Dewalle needed to beat Laura Orgue’s 40:52 and Gachet 34:51 set by Skyrunning legend, Marco De Gasperi who was also running in the race.

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They did it!

New records stand at 38:11 and 33:34.

Starting at 1700 hours, runners departed on timed intervals of 1-minute. Temperatures were cool and cloud cover removed any strong and direct heat thus making conditions excellent for a hard effort.

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Dewalle and Gachet was never going to have an easy run and strong threats came from A. Mollaret and E. Collinge in the ladies race, they crossed the line 40:33 (also under Laura Orgues’s old record) and 41:33.

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For the men, A Perret produced a surprise 33:41 and VK and Skyrunning specialist, R Bonnet crossing the line in 34:06.

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Bonnet had been a pre-race favourite but a niggling injury was still causing a little stress to the young body of the Swiss man. One runner who we had anticipated to do well was Zemmer – he did not start. Fern Tpeixido, Marco Moletto, Hannes Perkman, William Bon Mardion and Pascal Egli made up the rest of the main contenders in an impressive field.

Attention now turns to the Ultra – High Trail Vanoise which starts in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Read the race preview HERE


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, features 23 races in 15 venues on three continents.

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High Trail Vanoise Ultra and Face de Bellevarde VK 2016 Race Preview – Skyrunner® World Series


Skyrunning and the 2016 Skyrunner World Series arrives in France this weekend for an action packed double bill of VK and ULTRA. On Friday, the Face de Bellevarde VK kicks off in Val D’Isere to take on the steep slopes that lead to the summit way up in the sky.
Marco De Gasperi, Skyrunning legend has the record of 34:51 set on this course many years ago and this year, up and coming rising star, Remi Bonnet will be looking to set a new benchmark. The young runner won’t have it all his own way though, Ferran Teixido, current leader in the SWS rankings will be looking for a strong performance and the ever present, Urban Zemmer will push the young gun all the way to the summit. Marco Moletto, Hannes Perkman, William Bon Mardion and Pascal Egli will make up the main contenders in an impressive field.
For the ladies, Christelle Dewalle is the current SWS leader and ultimately the one to beat! Elisa Desco, Emily Collinge and Serena Vittori will push the French lady hard but can they beat Laura Orgue’s time of 40:52?
In both races, an incentive is on offer. Should a male or female break the old course records they will receive a cash prize of 2000 euros. If the runner is French, the opportunity to have a new BMW car is available for one year!


High Trail Vanoise is the main event of the weekend and it harks back to the golden days of when Giacometti, Brunod and climbed Monte Rosa and paved the way for this modern phenomenon called Skyrunning. Ice, snow, glaciers, altitude, the High Trail Vanoise has it all. Crossing the iconic Col D’Iseran at 2764m is merely just a taster, the high point of the course is the impressive Grande Motte at 3653m. It’s a tough race, 67km in length, runners will climb (and descend) 5400m to reach the finish line.


Cristofer Clemente heads up there men’s field after an impressive top 10 at Transvulcania and victory at Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira. Nicolas Martin, Nuno Silva, Jan Bartas, Dimity Mityaev and the ever-present Fulvio Dapit will look to take top honours and maximum SWS points.


Gemma Arenas fresh from victory in Madeira will be looking to consolidate maximum points and set herself up for a good chance of winning the 2016 SWS. Local French lady Anne-Lise Rousset may well have other thoughts though! Anna Comet has been fighting injury issues but a finish in Madeira and some quality RnR will hopefully set her up for a strong run in France. Travelling from the USA, Kristina Pattison will be looking to repeat her top 10 performance from Madeira and work her way up the rankings ahead of the RUT in the USA.


Just as in the VK, prize money is on offer and the respective winners can expect 3000 euros or French runners will receive 1000 euro and a BMW for a year.
Alpina Watches, sponsored of the SWS will also offer a male and female watch for the Alpina Smart Time.

600 runners will take part in a stunning weekend of high intensity action.


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, features 23 races in 15 venues on three continents.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra – New Sports GPS

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Suunto introduces its next generation multisport solution with a new family of GPS watches and a renewed Suunto Movescount.com

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The long-awaited next generation of Suunto multisport watches is soon here. Today, Suunto introduces Suunto Spartan Ultra, a premium multisport GPS watch for athletes and adventurers. At the same time, Suunto is renewing its online sports service Suunto Movescount with a range of new features and improvements.

People have been asking about what’s next after Ambit3 for quite some time now,” notes Sami Arhomaa, Performance business unit director at Suunto. “So it’s a great pleasure to announce our next generation Suunto Spartan solution for athletic and adventure multisport.” The solution comprises of the Suunto Spartan Ultra watches, a renewed Suunto Movescount service and mobile applications for both iPhone and Android.

“In a fast-paced world with an overwhelming flood of information, athletes need better tools to determine how to efficiently achieve their goals,” explains Arhomaa. “People who are driven by the passion to progress want to know if they are doing things right. More and more people are reaching out to communities of like-minded people for guidance and inspiration. With the Spartan solution, we are building on the insights we’ve gained through our constant dialogue with athletes and coaches around the world. The new Suunto Spartan multisport solution will offer customers new community powered tools to progress. We are convinced these tools will help them progress beyond their expectations.”

Suunto Spartan Ultra – the GPS watch for athletic and adventure multisport

Adventure proof

Suunto Spartan Ultra watches are hand-made in Finland and built to last in any conditions. Water resistant to 100 meters, the watches sport an extremely durable color touch screen with a wide viewing angle and great visibility in bright sunlight. The watch is built with a glass fiber reinforced polyamide casing, sapphire crystal glass and a grade5 titanium or stainless steel bezel. For your multisport adventures, Suunto Spartan Ultra offers guided route navigation, barometric altitude with FusedAlti™, a digital compass, as well as a competitive battery life.

Sports expertise and insights

The Suunto Spartan Ultra is a true multisport watch. With GPS, FusedSpeedTM, heart rate measurement and in-built accelerometer, it accurately tracks your training and provides versatile insights on your progress for a multitude of sports.  It  offers  dozens of preset sport modes, e.g. for triathlon, swimming, cycling, running, adventure racing, and snow sports – including modes for specific types of training, racing and activities.  If you are a runner, for example, you can choose a basic running mode that offers the essential information for running, or an interval running mode, a trail running mode, and more.  The Suunto Spartan Ultra also provides you visual overviews on your training load, rest&recovery status and your progress to help you plan your training. With the watch you can also track your feeling after each workout.

In addition, Suunto Spartan Ultra monitors your overall activity 24/7 with daily and weekly steps, calories and active time. Pair the watch with Suunto Movescount App to get smart mobile notifications. The watch will also keep you up to date on your personal bests by sport.

Community powered progress

In connection with the launch of the Spartan solution, Suunto deploys big data methods for turning the community generated sports data into valuable training insights. Suunto has been analyzing tens of millions of endurance sport sessions to provide both existing and new consumers with answers to the questions like where should you train and how are you progressing. The first tool utilizing this data are sports-specific heatmaps, available from today in Suunto Movescount. Later, the toolset using the data will grow with tools for peer group comparison and insights.

The Suunto Spartan Ultra collection includes four models: Suunto Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium, Suunto Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium, Suunto Spartan Ultra White and Suunto Spartan Ultra Black – each available with or without Suunto Smart Sensor for heart rate monitoring. The RRP price of the Suunto Spartan Ultra Titanium will be £585 and Suunto Spartan Ultra £545. Prices with a HR sensor are £40 higher.

Further details of the product will be released in July 2016.  The watches become available in August, and the solution will continue to grow in functionality via SW, service and application updates during the remaining year.

Read more about the Suunto Spartan Ultra at www.suunto.com/spartan

The Cape Wrath Ultra™ 2016 – Day 8 THEY DID IT!

No words, just pictures – 400km, 8 days, from Fort William to Cape Wrath.

The Cape Wrath Ultra™ 2016 concludes

Overall results, final rankings and leaderboard and news about the 2018 Cape Wrath Ultra can be found at http://www.capewrathultra.com

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Episode 112 – Nicky Spinks, Emelie Forsberg, The Jeff’s

A_GRAVATAR

This is Episode 112 of Talk Ultra and we speak with Nicky Spinks about that incredible DOUBLE Bob Graham Round. Emelie Forsberg joins us to tell us all about her injury, how she feels and when (we hope) she will be back and we speak to ‘The Jeff’s’ an inspiring husband and wife who took respective 1st places at the Salt Flats 100

NEWS

Ultra Trail Australia 

Men

Pau Capell 9:20

Ben Duffus 9:39

Yun Yanqiao 9:42

notable 4th – Ryan Sandes 9:48

Beth Cardelli 11:16

Fiona Hayvice 11:33

Kellie Emmerson 11:53

00:16:16 INTERVIEW Steven Jeff and Meagan Jeff – Salt Flats 100

Quicksilver 100k

Paul Terranova 9:17

Chris Calzetta 9:32

Mario Martinez 9:56

Krissy Moehl 11:02

Roxana Pana 11:44

Monica Imana 12:13

ROB YOUNG – marathonmanUK has started his Transcontinental run record (2766 miles) on May 14th. He started with an 81 mile day 1…. you can track him HERE

At the time of recording having run 5-days he was just south of the Grand Canyon heading to Flagstaff

We mentioned in the last show about Nicky Spinks completing the DOUBLE BOB GRAHAM ROUND and I am really pleased to say I caught up with her just days after of this inspiring interview. Only the 2nd person and 1st lady to complete a double BGR in 45:30

01:07:42 INTERVIEW with Nicky Spinks

01:44:19 INTERVIEW with Emelie Forsberg

UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

Fiambala Desert Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Fiambala Desert Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Australia

Victoria

100km | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

60 km | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Macedon Ranges 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Western Australia

Kep Track 100km Ultra Marathon II | 100 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Kep Track 75km Ultra Marathon II | 75 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Austria

ESPA-Mountain-Marathon | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

ESPA-Ötscher-Ultra-Marathon | 72 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail des Vallées du Chevalier – 62 km | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 27, 2016 | website

Canada

Alberta

Blackfoot Ultra 100KM | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Blackfoot Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Blackfoot Ultra 50 Miler | 50 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Calgary Marathon 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

British Columbia

55 km | 55 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ontario

Sulphur Springs 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Sulphur Springs 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Sulphur Springs 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

China

Shangri-La 100k | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Shangri-La 50k | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Czech Republic

Craft Gemini Maraton | 84 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Mammut Ultramaraton | 85 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Denmark

Midtjylland

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X50 | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X70 | 70 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 27, 2016 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

France

Ardèche

53 km | 53 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Dordogne

La Mythique International Run | 250 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Haute-Savoie

Technica Maxi Race | 85 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Trail du Gypaète | 73 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

XL Race | 87 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

Trail du Hautacam – 50 km | 59 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Isère

Circuit de la sure | 56 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Jura

La Transju’trail – 72 km | 72 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Orne

Trail du Massif d’Ecouves en Pays d’Alançon – 61 km | 61 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Pas-de-Calais

105 km | 105 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

50 km | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Rhône

Raid 500km | 500 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trails des Vignes | 300 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail de Côte-d’Or | 105 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Germany

Baden-Württemberg

Schefflenzer Ultralauf – 100 km | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Schefflenzer Ultralauf – 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 101 KM | 101 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 67 KM | 67 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Hungary

Ultrabalaton | 212 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ireland

Kilkenny

Tullaroan Ultra Marathon | 39 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Trail Alta Val Nure – 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Piedmont

Trail del Monte Soglio – Gir Lung | 63 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Sardinia

Asinara Ultra Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Vigolana Trail | 65 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Tuscany

100km del Passatore | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Veneto

103 km | 103 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

53 km | 53 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Netherlands

Friesland

Pieter-ROG-pad Special Waddeneilanden | 300 kilometers | June 02, 2016 | website

Peru

Jungle Ultra | 220 kilometers | June 03, 2016 | website

Portugal

Blue Island Trail – Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – 100 Milhas+ | 100 miles | June 03, 2016 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K100 | 101 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

OMD – Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela – K70 | 70 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Santana Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira | 59 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultramaratona Caminhos do Tejo – 144 km | 144 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

Ultramaratona Caminhos do Tejo – 57 km | 57 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

Ultra-Trail de Sesimbra | 60 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Réunion

60 km | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Romania

80 km | 80 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultramaraton 52,75 km | 52 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Russia

Elton Ultra-Trail® – Master 56 km | 56 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Elton Ultra-Trail® – Ultra 104 km | 104 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Master | 56 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Ultra | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Serbia

Ultra Trail Stara Planina 122 km | 122 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail Stara Planina 86 km | 86 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Slovakia

Štefánik Trail | 140 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

South Africa

Comrades Marathon | 89 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Spain

Basque Country

Euskal Herria Mendi Erronka | 65 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Castile and León

60 km | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Catalonia

Trail | 71 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Trail Els Bastions® | 52 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultra Els Bastions® | 90 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultra Trail | 129 kilometers | May 27, 2016 | website

Galicia

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Sweden

Boras Ultra Marathon – 100 miles | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Boras Ultra Marathon – 87 km | 87 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Switzerland

Berne

100km run Biel | 100 kilometers | June 10, 2016 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Calderdale

Calderdale Way Ultra (long) | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Devon

Dartmoor Discovery | 32 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Greater London

First Half Challenge | 56 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

London 2 Brighton Challenge | 100 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Northamptonshire

Northants Ultra | 35 miles | June 05, 2016 | website

Surrey

The Omen 66.6 | 67 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Path Ultra | 58 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 27, 2016 | website

Severn Way Ultra | 58 miles | May 29, 2016 | website

USA

Alabama

Rockin Choccolocco 50K | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Arkansas

War Eagle Tail Twister Trail 50k | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

California

Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Loco 50K | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Nanny Goat 100M Trail | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | June 03, 2016 | website

San Francisco 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

San Francisco 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Colorado

50K | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

50 Mile Trail Race | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Ultimate Direction Dirty 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Florida

Lake to Ocean 100K | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Georgia

Wildwood Games – 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 05, 2016 | website

Idaho

Scout Mountain Ultra Trail 100k | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Scout Mountain Ultra Trail 60k | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 29, 2016 | website

Michigan

10k Run | 62 miles | May 30, 2016 | website

Yankee Springs Trail Double Marathon | 84 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Missouri

Go! KT82 Trail Relay | 82 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Nebraska

G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

New York

Cayuga Trails 50 | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Oregon

Bend Beer Chase | 70 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 30, 2016 | website

Walk The Line Relay – 2 Person Team | 33 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Walk The Line Relay – 3 Person Team | 33 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Walk the Line Relay – Solo | 33 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Rhode Island

Gloridays | 44 miles | June 05, 2016 | website

South Carolina

El Diablo | 220 kilometers | June 03, 2016 | website

Hell Hole Hundred – 100K | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Hell Hole Hundred – 100M | 100 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Hell Hole Hundred – 60K | 60 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Utah

Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Virginia

Old Dominion 100 Cross Country Run | 100 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Washington

Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 28, 2016 | website

Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 27, 2016 | website

Rainier to Ruston 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Rainier to Ruston 50M Ultra | 50 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2016 | website

Vashon Island 50K Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Wisconsin

Kettle Moraine 100 km Trail Run | 100 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Kettle Moraine 38 Mile Night Fun Run | 38 miles | June 04, 2016 | website

Kettle Moraine 50 km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 04, 2016 | website

Ragnar Relay Chicago | 194 miles | June 10, 2016 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2016 | website

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The Cape Wrath Ultra™ 2016 – Day 4

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Day 4 of the Cape Wrath Ultra was a stunner, no, it was amazing! The early morning cold temperatures and icy wind lifted to show the highlands in their true magnificence and what a course… today was arguably THE day of the Cape Wrath Ultra.

Just 69 runners (from 95) are left in the race, yes, the first 3-days have really started to hit! Although day-4 was a ‘recovery’ day (heard in the camp this morning!) of 22 miles, it was still a day of epic challenges and one seriously beautiful course. In particular, the section of trail from CP1 (on the A896) in the Glen Torridon that weaved it’s way up and up via a stony path between Spidean a Choire Leith and Spidean Coire nan Clach to the amazing cauldron that backed onto Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair. This is a stunning place! Despite tired legs, fatigue, pain and no matter what ailments, this place put a smile on every single participants face.

It may come as no surprise that Marcus Scotney once again lead the charge. He was instructed by event director, Shane Ohly, that under no circumstances must he start before 0900. For the remaining runners, the start window of 0700-0900 was open and many, despite fatigue, still decided to leave early in the hope that they would be back in camp to gain additional rest at the end of the day.

Finishing in Kinlochewe, Scotney stopped the clock in 4:05:52 and although Thomas Adams had been very close to hime at the midway point, he lost more time at the finish with a 4:22:22. Ian White finished 3rd and Pavel Paloncy finished 4th, their respective times 4:41:23 and 4:42:32 – looks like we may have a fight on our hands for 3rd place with Paloncy just 9-minutes advantage.

For the ladies, Ita Emanuela Marzotto was back on form today, with a definite, ‘I love the mountains!’ as she moved past me on the trail. Her time of 6:14:51 extended her lead over Laura Watson (overall ladies 2nd place) who finished in 6:42:26. However, 2nd lady on the stage and 3rd lady overall, Louise Staples stopped the clock in 6:34:04. We may have a battle on our hands for the ladies podium?

Ultimately, today was all about blue skies, white clouds and the stunning highlands, even Marcus Scotney stopped to grab some photos on his phone! Today was a special day and one that all the runners will not forget.

Roll on day 5 which once again is a (relative) shorter day of 27-miles and 1400m+ to Inverlael.

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The 95! – The 2016Cape Wrath Ultra™ Starts

CapeWrathUltralogoThe Cape Wrath Ultra™ brought to you by Ourea Events, the team who revived the Dragon’s Back Race are in the countdown days to a once in a lifetime multi-day journey that will test mind and body over 8-days weaving a 400km journey through the Highlands of Scotland.

Starting at Fort William on May 22nd, the race will take runners on an incredible journey in a magnificent and remote part of the world that will culminate in the most northwesterly point of the British Isles, Cape Wrath on May 29th.

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Stunning scenery, remote wilderness, beautiful lochs, glens, towering mountains and the crashing ocean, the Cape Wrath Ultra™ is arguably one of the most stunning multi-day journeys in the world.

A supported expedition, equipment for the competitor’s will be transported day-by-day, tented accommodation and meals will be provided.

In a nutshell, 400km (250-miles) over and through the Scottish Highlands will be the ultimate test for the runners as they navigate via map and compass (GPS are allowed with GPX routes provided by Ourea Events) over 8-days over multiple distances with a variety of terrain and elevation gain.

Today, 95 runners arrived in Fort William to register, collect numbers and leave drop bags in preparation of the race to start tomorrow, Sunday 22nd May at 1000 hours.

Over the coming days, you will be able to follow these 95 runners via live tracking as they weave their way north. We thought it only appropriate that you can put a face to the name. Here are the 95!

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Zegama-Aizkorri 2016 Race Preview – Skyrunner® World Series

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Zegama is Zegama! Ask anyone about Zegama-Aizkorri and the answer will be, ‘Zegama? well, Zegama is Zegama!’

Yes, it is a unique race! The Skyrunner® World Series 2016 roles on from Transvulcania Ultramarathon on the island of La Palma and now transfers to mainland Spain, the Basque country – Zegama!

Due to it’s location, early season date and unpredictable weather, Zegama-Aizkorri has seen many epic battles. Catalan mountain running legend, Kilian Jornet has won the race an incredible six times. The combination of challenging terrain, vertical gain and descent and typically bad weather fall into the Catalans hands perfectly. It’s a race where strength of mind must be matched by the strength of the body.

A quiet and sleepy place, Zegama is transformed on race weekend into a mecca of mountain running. The course is reassuringly predictable, however, as past editions have shown, the weather adds the variety and a glorious sunny warm edition can be followed with a snowy, wet and miserably cold edition.

Taking in a loop over the Arratz massif and the Sierra of Aizkorri. Otzaurte provides an early indication of form on the day but it’s on the legendary climb of Sancti Spiritu where thousands of spectators line the trail where the action starts to unfold.

Taking in the four highest peaks in the Basque Autonomous Region; Arratz, Aizkorri, Akategi and Aitxuri the highest at over 1500m. Zegama-Aizkorri is a classic mountain marathon distance race with 5472m of vertical gain.

A ridge run at altitude leads to the final summit. Scrambling over rocks the final descent arrives which leads to the roads of this sleepy town, now transformed into a hub of colour and noise.

Zegama is Zegama!

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The race is notable for it’s history and one man alone has shone brightly at Zegama – Kilian Jornet. Many thought the Catalan would not run in Zegama in 2016 due to his exploits in mountaineering and his ‘Summits of my Life’ project, not so – Kilian will run!

‘Kilian posted on Twitter on May 17th, ‘Last long training before Zegama done, 13h 6500m in technical terrain 🙈🙈🙈’

Needless to say, Kilian is the favourite!

In all honesty, as one would expect, the quality of the line up at Zegama is exceptional, particularly in the men’s race. The ladies race is without doubt one of the weakest line-ups in recent years – Emelie Forsberg is injured, Laura Orgue is injured, Elisa Desco is injured, and the race is also missing, pocket rocket, Stevie Kremer amongst others.

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Luis Alberto Hernando just blitzed the Transvulcania course once again and although you can’t rule him out, I can’t help but think he will just miss that extra few percent (due to fatigue) of energy needed and required to top the podium. He will fight all the way to the line though and he will unleash a breakneck descent for potential victory.

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Remi Bonnet has looked for an opportunity to race Kilian for sometime. Yes, he is that keen… he has been tipped by many, me included, that he may well be ‘the next big thing’ in the world of Skyrunning. He is an incredible talent in the VK discipline and as he showed at the Rut in Limone, he is also an incredible talent at the Sky distance. Remi could well push Kilian all the way to the line but I will still give KJ the nod for victory.

©iancorless.com_DolomitesSkyRace2015-1920Tadei Pivk was a man on fire in 2015 and was champion of the Skyrunner World Series. He has already started his 2016 well with races in Italy and a recent 2nd place at Yading SkyRun in China. Tadei love Zegama- Aizkorri and he always finds the form to make an impact on the podium.

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Saul Padua is a VK specialist and a very good one! He recently won the Transvulcania VK and in 2015 he dipped his toe in the Sky distance, in particular the Dolomites where he lead the charge to the summit only to loose his lead on the descent. I can’t help but feel that Zegama will be a similar scenario – he will run top-5 early on but potentially will loose places on the long descent to the line. If the weather is bad and it looks as though it may be, I think that will impact on his race even more.

Marc Lauenstein is yet to be confirmed as running but if he does, he could really shake things up. He recently won the Three Peaks in the UK ahead of Ricky Lightfoot and Tom Owens. The UK fells are actually the perfect training ground for Zegama, so, if Marc runs – watch out!

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Manuel Merillas like Tadei has illuminated the Skyrunner World Series with a string of world-class performances over multiple distances. He was 3rd at Limone behind Remi Bonnet and Tadei and at Lantau 2 Peaks he placed 2nd behind Remi relegating Tadei to 3rd. For sure, Manuel will be in the mix for a podium place.
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Marco De Gasperi needs no introduction to any follower of mountain or Skyrunning. The guy is a legend, he has been there and done it and still manages to pull out great results from the bag. you can never rule the Italian out but younger and faster competition keep coming, making racing at a high level increasingly harder. No longer running

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Tom Owens is yet to be confirmed as participating although he is on the start list. Tom is made for Zegama with a strong background in fell running. The terrain and mountains in this region of the Basque country offer the Scot a unique playground and what that he embraces. His recent podium place at the Three Peaks in the UK shows he is in form.

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Aritz Egea is the ever consistent Skyrunner with a string of victories, podium places and top-10 results. He does have the ability to win Zegama, he just needs a little luck. Expect him to go out hard, potentially lead the race early on with the hope of clinging on to a lead to the finish.

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Ionut Zinca like so many listed above has the potential to win and almost certainly make the podium. An ever-present on the Skyrunning circuit with consistent results at Zegama, the Dolomites, Limone and so many more, if Ionut is on form, we can certainly expect him to push throughout the race for the top slot.

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Zaid Ait Malek raced Transvulcania and therefore may well be a little tired for Zegama. However, he knows how to run this race and has placed well within the top-10, I don’t see him winning but top-5 is possible.

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Jokin Lizeaga and Eirik Haugsness head up the leading runners for a top-10 placing along with Pere Rullan, Pablo Villa (tbc), Hassain Ait Chaou, Jessed Hernandez and Nil Cardona.

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Megan Kimmel heads up the ladies race after a recent victory at Yading SkyRun and an impressive 2015 Skyrunner World Series season. To say Megan has been on fire would be an underestimation and it was actually a real surprise that she did not win the 2015 Skyrunner World Series – a below par performance at Limone Extreme ruined her chances. But her string of victories, particularly at the Dolomites SkyRace when she beat Laura Orgue elevated her to ‘hot’ for all the Skyrunning races – watch out!

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Yngvild Kaspersen is the female equivalent of Remi Bonnet. In 2015, her first racing season, she rose through the ranks with a series of impressive runs both in the VK and Sky distance and she was rewarded with victory in Hong Kong at the Lantau 2 Peaks in horrendous conditions. If conditions in Zegama are wet, cold, miserable and slippery underfoot, Yngvild may well shine and take victory!

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Maite Maiora is an ever-present on the Skyrunning circuit and only races one way; hard! Over the winter she took time out for an operation and therefore her training may well have been compromised. On her day, Maite is without doubt podium potential and in and amongst this ladies field, I think she has every chance of a top-3 slot.

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Azara Garcia won Zegama and then had a string on injury issues which leaves many question marks about her form? If she is fit and well, then we can expect Azara to give Megan a race.

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Oihana Kortazar is yet to be confirmed as running but she recently raced the marathon distance in Transvulcania. A lady who knows the mountains and trails of Zegama very well, I would expect a podium place.

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Anna Comet raced Transvulcania and had to pull out with an injury. Although her name is on the start list I question if she will run? My gut feeling though is that this race is maybe too short for her skills; a longer race suits her better.

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Paula Cabrerizo and Nuria Dominguez head up the charge behind the three ladies above, both have all the ability to make the podium and yes, a victory is possible.

Marta Molist Codina, Aitziber Iberia and Eva Maria Moreda Gabaldon form the next wave of contenders and of course, we have to anticipate surprise performances that we just can’t account for. Alicia Shay placed 4th at Transvulcania Ultramarathon and although on the start list, she will not run.

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Great Lakeland 3 Day 2016 #GL3D – Day 2

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Yesterday I said, ‘The Lakes really are a special place any day, anytime, in any weather… well, almost?’

‘Well almost,’ hit today with some seriously torrential rain, gusting to gale force winds (particularly on the tops and in exposed areas) and at times slippery conditions underfoot. That’s the Lakes for you… the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

Despite the onslaught of the weather, the scenery and the landscape still remained beautiful and spectacular. Despite the odd patch of white at higher levels, the complete blanket of snow that had covered about 500m was gone! It really is amazing the difference a day can make.

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Warmer temperatures overnight certainly made camping a more pleasant experience and for those runners who were up early and packed away by 0615, they will have dry gear and a dry tent to pitch tonight! Anyone who slept in will have a different story to tell. When the rain came, it really did come and although Shane Ohly (race director) had said it was on it’s way, we had all secretly hoped he was wrong.

The forecast was bad and Shane had contemplated running a bad weather course but many runners, even those in the Elite category decided to run the much shorter ‘C’ route. In all honesty, it was a wise decision. The C route although easy navigation had plenty of ups and downs in it and in the conditions, it was far enough.

This was confirmed at the Cafe at Honister Pass which contained a gathering of GL3D competitors throughout the day. They all found solace in some food and a warm drink before pushing on past Buttermere and to the day 2 camp at Loweswater.

Despite the harsh conditions, temperatures were good. However, wet clothes and serious wind chill did make many a runners journey a tough one – hands in particular were constantly being banged together and rubbed in an effort to bring them back to life.

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In the true nature of the GL3D, many of the participants had nothing but smiles and laughter for the conditions, particularly after the picture postcard scenes of day 1. The race did have its casualties though with many participants not completing any of the race categories (they just wanted to be back in camp asap) and others deciding to end the 3 day adventure early; the lure of warm clothes and a bed just too much of a temptation after such a tough day.

Post race the rain slowly reduced to a persistent drizzle, temperatures were relatively good but the main priority for all was to get out of wet clothes and into dry clothes. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, ‘thank goodness this is not a full self-sufficient mountain marathon!’

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Dry bags were opened, tents were pitched and in the safety of one of the large marquees provided by Ourea Events, stories started to be told about the days challenges. Of course, as per the previous day, free cake was consumed and energy levels were topped up with a pint of beer.

Day 3 concludes the 2016 GL3D and the runners will navigate back to the start location via Elite, A, B and C courses. However, I heard someone say the weather forecast is worse for tomorrow; oh joy!

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