Canazei (Italy), Sunday 18 July 2010
Skyrunning is running at altitude. By definition, a skyrace is held between 2000 and 4000 metres altitude, and the route is between 20 and 30 kilometres long. Skyraces are only for runners who are used to run on very rough terrain in the high mountains!
The Dolomites Skyrace is staged in the western Dolomites in northern Italy. Start and finish is in the ski and holiday resort of Canazei, located at an elevation of 1450 metres in the Val di Fassa.
The race features a spectacular (and literally breathtaking) 22-kilometre up-and-down loop with an elevation gain of 1700 metres. Some sections are very steep.
The highest point on the course is on Piz Boè (3152m), which is the highest peak of the imposing Gruppo di Sella.
In 2009, the race was re-routed due to snow and ice on parts of the course. The winners were Raul Garcia Castan of Spain (1:57:17) and Antonella Confortola of Italy (2:25:17).
In 2010, two days before the 22km skyrace, the event will host the "Vertical Kilometre" World Championships - 1000m vertical climb over a 2.1km route!
Race report and photos: 13. Dolomites Skyrace 2010
Venue (Map): Canazei (50km from Bolzano, 138km from Innsbruck, 194km from Venice)
Date: 18 July 2010 (Sunday)
Start: 8.30 on Piazza Marconi in Canazei (1450m)
Race distance: 22km (+1700m, -1700m)
Entries: by e-mail or fax; payment by bank transfer; entries close 14 July 2010; entry limit: 700 participants
Entry fees: 55 EUR (Skyrace); 40 EUR (Vertical Kilometre); 75 EUR (Skyrace + Vertical Kilometre)
You get: a pair of La Sportiva running shoes, lunch after the race
Prizes: first 20 men and 10 women
Award ceremony: 14.30
Number of finishers 2009: 549
Event website (in Italian and English): www.dolomiteskyrace.com
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