At the height of the skyrunning season with back to back events, the heat is on and the seventh leg of the 11-race Sky Classic category on the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series heads for the Principality of Andorra on Sunday, July 30.
The steepest race of the entire World Series, the average incline is 11% with a brutal 1,000 metre-high vertical wall which will test the best to the summit of the Comapedrosa at 2,942m, the highest point in Andorra. The course which starts and finishes in the small ski resort of Arinsal is just 21 km long with 2,280m vertical climb.
Fresh from last weekend’s Dolomite’s SkyRace® with hardly time to rest their lungs and legs race winners Jan Margarit and Laura Orgué will be at Sunday’s start line together with skyrunning legend Marco De Gasperi.
Joining them, a stacked field will be lining up from the Sky Classic top-20: ranking leader Aritz Egea, Eduard Hernandez, Hassan Ait Chaou, Kiril Nikolov, Adrien Michaud, Marc Casal Mir, Eugeni Gil, Julen Larruzea, Andreu Simon, Julen Martinez, Evgeny Markov, Oscar Casal Mir.
Entries from the top-20 women are: Oihana Azkorbebeita, Laura Sola, Hillary Gerardi, Megan Kimmel, Maria Zorroza, Paoloma Lobera, Denisa Dragomir.
The records to beat were set in 2016 by Tom Owens in 2h40’02” and Laura Orgué in 3h21’15”.
The weekend’s events also include the Youth Skyrunning Championships where, overall, some 700 runners from 27 countries will participate.
Five results out of eleven are counted for the final titles and end of season bonus prize for the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series Sky Classic category.
Between the strong competition and the seriously demanding course, the weekend holds some exciting racing in store.