Kima Trophy 2018
Val Masino, Sondrio, Italy – August 26, 2018
For over 20 years the Kima Trophy has represented a landmark event for skyrunners thanks to the challenging highly technical 52 km course over seven passes counting a massive 4,200m vertical climb. Moraine, snowfields and exposed crests feature largely on the course, with fixed ropes for safety at key points.
A biennial race since 2008, the 2016 edition was won by Nepali Bhim Gurung, who crushed Kilian Jornet‘s record. Emelie Forsberg won the women’s race. The records to beat are 6h10’44” set in 2016 and 7h36’21” by Nuria Picas in 2012.
The race is part of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series in the SkyExtra category and promises to host the best field ever with some of the world’s top runners competing. A bonus race, it will award an extra 50% points towards the ranking.
For safety reasons, entry is capped at 250 participants. Organiser Ilde Marchetti comments: “Just 250 lucky competitors can take part in this biennial race because, while the race philosophy, distance and course features embrace the skyrunning spirit, the severity of the terrain and the strict Italian law limit the number of runners to ensure a safe and well organised race everybody can enjoy.”
The race has taken on iconic status and is described by skyrunning star Kilian Jornet as “the most spectacular race in the world.”
This extraordinary Ultra SkyMarathon® is supported by a number of projects aimed at the promotion of the environment – but also sport, tourism and mountain safety: COBAT, partner of the event, promotes the collection and recycling of exhausted batteries; the Mini Kima, a race for kids and families; and the Mountain Fitness® project together with Sentieri Sicuri, have been developed to ensure everyone can enjoy their hikes in Val Masino in complete safety, in tune with the spectacular mountain environment.
Photo 2016 ® Jordi Saragossa