The most popular Series, the Sky Classic, is defined by races less than 50 km long and a minimum vertical climb of 2,000m completed in under five hours for the winner. Five out of 11 races counted for the ranking.
Set in the Sichuan mountains, it’s probably one of the most spectacular races on the circuit and also the highest. At 4,664m runners are battling for oxygen.
In a strong men’s field Nepali Bhim Gurung crushed the competition and set a new record, pushing on the downhill where his skills came into play. American Megan Kimmel who lives at high altitude in Colorado was on her own from start to finish and retains her 2016 record. Both athletes won here for the second time running.
On the Series since 2004, this race is on everyone’s bucket list. The super-stacked field and thousands of cheering spectators has runners coming back year after year.
Conditions here are often wet and muddy but a mix of cool weather and hot competition meant both the men’s and women’s records were smashed. Norwegian Stian Angermund-Vik was running here for the first time while local Maite Maiora broke the long-standing women’s record at her fourth attempt.
One of the most challenging courses in the Sky Classic category, it is highly technical with fixed chains, ridges, moraine and snow fields - a true skyrunning experience.
Designed and organised by a team of legendary skyrunners headed by Marco De Gasperi, now in its second year. This spectacular race offers some of the most inspiring racing with a stacked field attracting runners from afar. For the second time the win went to Tadei Pivk and Maite Maiora, who, despite a fall, topped the women’s podium.
The “Mountain of the Gods” plays host to this classic race, for the first time on the Series. The scenic course passes just below Mount Olympus, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
For Spaniard Aritz Egea and Ragna Debats from the Netherlands, it was a dream come true - winning and smashing the race records. For both runners, active on the Skyrunner® World Series since 2012 and 2013 it was a first-time win. A record field of 900 runners took part in this 14th edition of the race.
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Surrounded by 3,000m high mountain peaks, rivers, ravines, waterfalls, marshes and more than 200 lakes, the course traverses a unique protected area of the Pyrenees.
Strong competition and constantly changing weather made for an action-packed race with Spaniard Eugeni Gil winning his first international race. The women’s race was decided in a sprint won by Spain’s Oihana Azkorbebeitia over Frenchwoman Célia Chiron. Rain or shine, this course is for skyrunners who love it demanding and fast.
For 20 years this spectacular event has attracted a deep international field with its pure skyrunning concept - from town to summit and back in the fastest possible time.
A record 1,000 runners from 41 countries turned out despite bad weather which obscured the 3,152m race summit, cutting 200m of vertical climb. Like most skyrunning races, the wins were secured on the downhill - 12 km through a rocky gorge with just a touch of scrambling to the welcoming cheers of the spectators at the finish line.
In a lost valley in the Andorran mountains it is the steepest race on the Series and summits the highest point of the Principality at nearly 3,000m altitude.
Just nineteen-years-old, Jan Margarit crushed the record here with fellow Catalan Sheila Avilés, who secured her first Series’ victory and set the new record. Athletes from Japan and USA placed in both men’s and women’s top five, underlining the increasing popularity of the Sky Classic category globally.
Since 2013, the race has continually drawn the best athletes to compete in Zermatt, in the shadow of the Matterhorn and the surrounding 4,000m mountain peaks.
Italian Marco De Gasperi nailed his first World Series’ win after competing at top level for 20 years, setting a new record on an even longer course. Dutch woman Ragna Debats scored another victory, adding to her multiple achievements across the Series’ disciplines. 700 runners from 39 countries took part.
Celebrating five years on the Series, this popular event climbs to 3,403m altitude over steep technical sections and exposed ridges, the only Sky Classic in the USA.
Lone Peak, was finally hers. Spain’s Laura Orgué took the win after placing second and third in 2015 and 2016. New American talent made up the rest of the field in this typically European discipline. Spaniard Aritz Egea nailed it ahead of Switzerland’s Pascal Egli who had led the race before missing a turn, leaving victory to Egea.
A new addition to the Series, the route features steep ascents, scrambling sections and ridges on technical terrain in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
World champions Stian Angermund-Vik and Laura Orgué crushed the course records in a stacked field where the top five men closed just five minutes apart. Orgué had to sprint for the win with fellow Spaniard Sheila Avilés. The women’s podium was all-Spanish but the men’s saw Norway, Switzerland and Great Britain top three.
After five years on the Series as the finals, the slightly modified course, even more challenging and technically demanding, starts and finishes on Lake Garda.
After more than 20 years of top level competition, Italian Marco De Gasperi realised his dream of taking the win together with the Sky Classic title. Women’s race winner was orienteer Tove Alexandersson from Sweden, but Spain’s Sheila Avilés secured the Sky Classic title after just two years on the international circuit.
Going longer is the Sky Ultra, exceeding 50 km, a minimum vertical climb of 3,000m and estimated finishing time between five to twelve hours for the winner. Three out of eight races counted for the ranking.
On the Series since 2012, it is a hub for the world’s top runners. It fulfils the ‘sea to sky’ concept - starting from the ocean and summiting the island’s highest point.
Out of the blue, American Timothy Lee Freriks, unknown on the international scene, clinched a surprise victory. Swede Ida Nilsson smashed the women’s record, racking up her second win. Thousands of cheering spectators gathered at the finish line to greet the runners and celebrate the race, one of the most important events on the island.
In a spectacular island setting, a UNESCO World Heritage site, this demanding race includes some grade II climbing stretches and a via Ferrata section below the highest point.
Briton Jonathan Albon and Spaniard Maite Maiora were victorious here with Maiora taking the title after two straight wins out of three. Capped for safety, 230 participants from 28 countries took part in the severe challenge over the tough and technical course with strong participation for the first time of Spanish and French runners.
As the name suggests, the race takes its name from the spectacular Swiss pre-Alps where the course crosses a variety of terrain. It is the longest race on the Series.
Germans Stephan Hugenschmidt and Matthias Dippacher had run most of the race throughout the night together so it seemed logical to close with a joint victory. Closing an incredible 12th overall and first woman was Italian Francesca Canepa who led from start to finish. High day time temperatures added to the challenge.
Set in an Olympic ski resort, it is Europe’s highest race. The distance and vertical climb, snowfields and glacier offer an irresistible challenge pushing the runners’ limits.
Victory went to Spaniard Luis Alberto Hernando and American Megan Kimmel who both set new records. Precarious conditions on the summit sliced 200m off the vertical climb for safety but the other elements of the course pushed the boundaries of even the most experienced skyrunners - the tougher the race, the more popular it is!
Lone Peak at 3,403m altitude dominates America’s biggest ski resort. Challenging, steep and technical, the race traverses exposed ridges and steep scree slopes.
World champion, Spaniard Luis Alberto Hernando dominated the men’s race reaching the summit 10’ ahead of the competition which stretched to 14’ at the finish. Ragna Debats from the Netherlands not only clinched the win but crushed the course record set by Emelie Forsberg in 2015 by an incredible 12’ to finish 13th overall.
An out of the ordinary skyrunning location, it boasts canyons and technical ridges with sand storms and desert heat - the elements dictate the pace in this extreme challenge.
The battle with the elements paid off for Min Qi from China who came out on top in the men’s field. Italy’s Francesca Canepa, an accomplished ultra runner, finished an incredible sixth overall, closing with a two-hour gap ahead of her Chinese rivals, still new to the sport but they’re fast getting the hang of it!
This challenging new course starts on the shores of Loch Ness and summits Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, offering some of the best views in the Scottish Highlands.
It was a great comeback for Nepal’s Mira Rai after a long period of injury. Cruising to an ecstatic finish, she wrapped it up an incredible fifth overall. The men’s race was won by Scotsman Donald Campbell in a field where, for many, the challenge proved almost overwhelming.
The magnificent Spanish Pyrenees play host to this race, a strong favourite among the world’s top ultra runners. The colossal vertical climb and long distance make for an appealing challenge.
Spaniards Pablo Villa and Maite Maiora were the race winners but Spaniard Luis Alberto Hernando and Ragna Debats from the Netherlands took the Sky Ultra titles awarded here at the Series’ finals. More than 1,000 participants from 43 countries took part, underlining the popularity of this epic event.
Skyrunning went “Extreme” in 2016 to fulfil the increasing demand for adventurous courses. The distance may vary but the minimum vertical climb is 4,000m and includes scrambling and grade II climbing sections. The estimated finishing time is six to ten hours for the winner. Two out of three races counted for the ranking.
This new entry biennial event delivered a serious challenge for those who like their racing tough and technical, crossing seven cols, moraine and snow fields.
Spain’s Maite Maiora lived up to her world championship title and ranking leadership to take the first race of the category together with Bhim Gurung from Nepal. From an unusual start on top of a dam, technical high mountain terrain and natural and artificial lakes, the race enjoyed a special atmosphere with Navy and Military fanfares welcoming athletes from 27 countries across the finish line.
Designed by super stars Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, the race starts at sea level to summit two peaks surrounded by fjords and glaciers in the Arctic Circle.
Briton Jonathan Albon and Spaniard Maite Maiora were victorious here with Maiora taking the title after two straight wins out of three. Capped for safety, 230 participants from 28 countries took part in the severe challenge over the tough and technical course with strong participation for the first time of Spanish and French runners.
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The race borders between mountain running and alpinism in a test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising world-class course set in the Scottish Highlands.
In a weekend stacked with events, champions and records, it was a happy ending for everyone with Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg who not only took the win but also smashed the course records in the third and final race of the category. Briton Jonathan Albon and Spain’s Maite Maiora took the Extreme titles awarded here.
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