Val Masino, Sondrio, Italy - August 28, 2016
Sky Extreme Series
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 2014 won by Kilian Jornet and Kasie Enman. The records to beat are 6h12’20” (set in 2014) and 7h36’21” (by Nuria Picas in 2012).
As the second race on the new Sky Extreme Series, the event promises to host the best field ever with some of the world’s top runners competing.
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”.
A skyrunning icon, Kima Trophy is described by record holder 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.
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