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Salomon Glen Coe Skyline joins Skyrunner World Series

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The 2016 Skyrunner World Series® has been announced and next year’s series is going Extreme with the inclusion of the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™.

In addition to the successful Vertical, Sky and Ultra formats, the International Skyrunning Federation has confirmed the introduction of the new Sky Extreme Series: three countries and three super-technical races that will allow runners worldwide to have a real opportunity to embrace the Skyrunning ethos.

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Kilian Jornet explained, “When I discovered Skyrunning years ago it was the images of small runners traversing huge glaciers, scrambling rock ridges and descending steep snow fields. I’m really happy to see this new Series, with the most technical races – the soul of Skyrunning!”  

Sky Extreme kicks off on August 7, with the Tromsø SkyRace® in Norway, where Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg launched the first, made-to-measure SkyRace in the Northern territories.  The biennial Kima Trophy is back and the 2016 series will conclude with a new entry, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™, which is set in the Scottish Highlands and is probably the toughest Skyrunning race to date.

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James Crozier high on Curved Ridge who went on to finish the course in 11:07:09 and place 60th overall. Fantastic! © Ian Corless

“I am totally delighted that the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ is joining the most prestigious mountain running series in the world”, said Race Director Shane Ohly. “My team of professional staff and volunteers worked so hard to deliver a world class race at the inaugural event in August 2015, and to the participants themselves - who proved how their high mountain competency made this race route really work. This latest World recognition is a justified reward for everyone.”

Ian Corless, Skyrunning UK Director added, “I had a dream 2-years ago when Skyrunning UK was launched in the UK that with in 3-years we would host a Skyrunning World Series® event. That dream is now a reality and with it the worlds best will come to Scotland in September to race in the mountains of Glen Coe, it would not have been possible without Shane Ohly and Gary Tompsett who made the dream a reality!"

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2015 British Fell Running Champion Jasmin Paris in action at the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline. © Ian Corless

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ has now been catapulted onto the World stage and the 2016 race on Sunday 18th September will see the stars of Skyrunning competing in Scotland for what is expected to be the most competitive mountain running field seen for a generation in the UK. The €5,000 cash prize for the leading runners is sure to raise a few eyebrows and encourage the best British fell and mountain runners to compete.

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Jim Mann winner of 2015 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race and 12th at the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ in 2015 © Ian Corless

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ course is considered to be one of the most extreme and challenging mountain race routes in the world with long sections of scrambling that includes an ascent of Curved Ridge and a full Aonach Eagach traverse. 

Skyrunning World Champion (Ultra) Emelie Forsberg was enthusiastic in her support for the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline after finishing second overall in 2015. “Waow! Seriously the best race in this distance. Super technical ridges and gullies (think Trofeo Kima but no via ferrata!) some parts very runnable on nice but still tricky trails. Glen Coe I’m thrilled to have run this race. Thanks to your amazing organization. Even though it was hard all of the nature and the course made me go fast. Thanks all of you standing along the course, you made me feel so welcomed here!”

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Emelie Forsberg Skyrunning World Champion who finished second overall at the 2015 Salomon Glen Coe Skyline © Ian Corless

The 2016 Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ will be the last race in the new Sky Extreme Series, so two new World Champions (male and female) will be crowned at the end of the race. Also, leading competitors in the Sky Extreme Series will become eligible for the end of season prize purse of €36,000.

There will be a separate prize fund for runners who are competing in the UK Skyrunning Series, which the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ is also part of.

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Emelie Forsberg and Joe Symonds. Winners at the 2015 Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™. Happy memories from a great weekend. © Ian
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There are further BIG and EXCITING developments for the 2016 event. These include two fantastic new races that are more accessible for participants and have no vetting. These are: 

Am Bodach Vertical Kilometre® - Friday 16th September 2016

The UK’s first Vertical Kilometre®, this is an incredible leg burning and lung-busting ascent from sea level to the Am Bodach Munro summit. This race is part of the Skyrunner UK Series®, and entries not vetted.

Kinlochleven Ring of Steall™ - Saturday 17th September 2016

Also part of the Skyrunner UK Series®, this race is a variation of the classic 'Ring of Steall' ridge-walking route. The 25km / 2,500m mountain race has spectacular views of Ben Nevis from the Mamores and includes short sections of easy scrambling. Again, entries not vetted for this race.

Does the next race need any introduction?

Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ - Sunday 18th September 2016

A Skyrunner World Series® and Skyrunner UK Series® race. The route includes 53km / 4,500m of pure Skyrunning that tackles some of the most challenging Scottish mountain terrain. Climbing experience required. Entries restricted and vetted.

Entries for all three races will open at 12:00 noon on the 1st February 2016 and sold on a first come, first served basis.  They are expected to sell out within days… if not hours!

2016 SKYRUNNER® WORLD SERIES

SKY EXTREME

August 7              Tromsø SkyRace® - 50 km, Tromsø – Norway

August 28            Kima Ultra SkyMarathon® - 50 km. Val Masino - Italy 

Sept 18               Salomon Glen Coe Skyline- 53 km, Glen Coe - Scotland 

SKY

April 23               Yading Skyrun - 29 km, Sichuan - China

May 22                Maratòn Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri – 42 km, Zegama - Spain 

June 26               Livigno Outdoor Race Experience – 30 km, Livigno - Italy 

July 17                Dolomites SkyRace® - 22 km, Canazei - Italy

July 31                SkyRace® Comapedrosa, 22 km - Andorra

Aug 20                Matterhorn Ultraks 46K - Zermatt - Switzerland

Sept 4                 The Rut 25K – Big Sky, Montana – USA

Oct 22                 Limone Extreme SkyRace® - 23 km, Limone Sul Garda - Italy 

ULTRA

May 7                 Transvulcania Ultramarathon – 75 km, La Palma - Spain 

June 4                Ultra SkyMarathon® Madeira – 55 km, Madeira - Portugal 

July 10               High Trail Vanoise - 68K, Val d’Isère – France

Sept 4                The Rut 50K, Big Sky, Montana – USA 

Sept 24              Ultra Pirineu - 110 km, Bagà – Spain 

VERTICAL

May 5                TVU Vertical – Tazacorte, La Palma - Spain

June 24              Santa Caterina Vertical Kilometer® - Sondrio, Italy

July 10               Kilomètre Vertical Face De Bellevarde - Val d’Isère - France 

July 15               Dolomites Vertical Kilometer® - Canazei – Italy

August 5             Blamann Vertical - Tromsø - Norway

Sept 2                Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer® - Montana – USA

Oct 21                Vertical Kilometer® Grèste de la Mughéra - Limone Sul Garda -Italy 

 

Skyrunner® World Series Ranking

Maximum number of results scored:

Sky Extreme: two best results

Ultra: three best results

Sky & Vertical: four best results

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