Val Masino, Sondrio, Italy
Skyrunner® World Series Ultra race, August 31, 2014
For nearly 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 8,400m of ascent and descent. Moraine, snowfields and exposed crests feature largely on the course, with fixed ropes for safety at key points.
A biennial race since 2008, the 2012 won by Kilian Jornet and Nuria Picas. The records to beat are 6h19’03” (set in 2010) and 7h36’21” (2012).
As the fourth race on the Skyrunner® Ultra 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 trail 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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