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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace Magazine: The second edition is online!

The start gun for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace will be fired in 50 days

The start gun for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace will be fired in 50 days

Bolzano/Sarentino, 9 June 2016 - The clock keeps ticking. It’s only another 7 weeks to the start of Europe’s most extreme mountain run: the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace (29 - 31 July). So far 255 athletes from 15 nations have registered.    

For many months the mountain runners have been preparing themselves for this major challenge along the horseshoe shaped Hufeisen tour in the Sarentino Alps.  It’s not surprising: Runners who are not in top condition, 100% sure-footed, free from vertigo and mentally top fit, don’t stand a chance on the original route of 121 kilometres with an altitude differential of 7554 meters. “To date, 101 men and 8 women want to meet the challenges of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace starting on 29 July 2016. I am convinced that just like in previous years, registrations will increase dramatically in the last few weeks before the race”, said Josef Günther Mair, chair of the organising committee and president of the organising club ASV Südtirol Ultra Skyrace.

There has been a change over the long distance this year. The start in Bolzano is at 8 pm, two hours earlier than in previous years. “One reason for the change is that we now expect more spectators at the start of the extreme mountain race at Piazza Walther. But the main reason was security. The runners now reach the region of Punta Cervina with its great likelihood of thunderstorms two hours earlier on Saturday. That means we are better able to respond to any possible danger situations”, continues Josef Günther Mair.    


Südtirol Skyrace and Südtirol Sky Marathon start on Saturday

The medium distance of the Südtirol Skyrace (69 km/3930) is for those who want to run more than the marathon distance but who find the original route too long (yet). The Südtirol Skyrace will be offered for the third time this year, and like last year it will start on Saturday 30 July at 7 am in the start and finish area at the Prati del Talvera. “The first time in 2014 we started in the evening. The majority of the runners only raced during the night and saw very little of the stunning panoramic views. We therefore moved the start to Saturday morning. It was the right thing to have done and all runners praised us for it”, said the organisers.

Completely new on the programme this year is Südtirol Sky Marathon. The distance is 42.2 km, the altitude differential 2863 meters. The race for the marathon runners, which also starts on Saturday morning and follows the route of the Südtirol Skyrace, ends in Sarentino. “Many marathon runs in the mountains have the problem that the descents are very steep and sudden. This is not the case here. From Chiesetta del Morto the route descends gently over forestry paths down into the main town of Val Sarentino. This should tempt many more participants yet”, of that Josef Günther Mair, chair of the organising committee, is convinced.


Two training runs

With a view to the extreme mountain running weekend in the Sarentino Alps from 29 to 31 July the organisers also offer two training runs. On Friday, 17 July there will be the traditional night run from Pemmern to Croce di Lazfons.  Four weeks before the great showdown, on Saturday 2 July, athletes can train on the route Rifugio Punta Cervina - Rifugio Merano. 

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace is officially recognized as a qualifying race
for The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®

Qualifying Race, Südtiroler Ultra Skyrace

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2016 - 121 KM: 
6 points (new scale) - 4 points (old scale)

Südtirol Skyrace 2016 - 69 KM: 
4 points (new scale) - 2 points (old scale)

Südtirol Sky marathon 2016 - 42,2 KM: 
3 points (new scale) - 1 point (old scale)

Member ITRA - International Trail Running Association

 

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace is a member of the
"International Trail Running Association".