Zegama Sky marathon 2012 was ran under cold, muddy and wet course conditions, which made the race even more demanding on a technical and physical level than previous years, but also accounted for a very special edition as captured in this video by Salomon Running
ZEGAMA SKY MARATHON 2012 RACE REVIEW
Running over a Zegama Skymarathon course covered in mud and under heavy rain plus occasional snow drizzle, Kilian Jornet achieved his fifth crown at Zegama, ahead of Luis Alberto Hernando while Oihana Kortazar won the women’s category with Nuria Picas came in second.
Epic race it was, and few of the runners present are ever to forget the atmosphere. Little wonder then that the race saw up and downs in several performances: American Max King, 2011 World Mountain Running Champion, held third position to the summit, but suffered mightily to complete the 42 km distance and finished 16th. it must be acknowledged that many of the top finishers were new to skyrunning. Hence, in standing up to the world’s top skyrunners on this course and day, they showed great potential for the rest of the season. These include frenchman Michel Lannes 4th, Sweden’s Emilie Forsberg 3rd, Britain’s Lauren Jeska 4th.
Oihana Kortazar, as standing skyrunning champion and last year’s winner, led the women´s field from the start, closely followed by Britain’s Lauren Jeska, alternating the lead. At 32 km Kortazar cruised past Jeska to finish in 4h52min. Sweden’s Emilie Forsberg was in the lead pack for the whole race, until spaniard Nuria Picas who had been pacing the leaders, overtook her in the final ten kilometres, accelerating to a brilliant second position in 5h1min.
Emelie stars as the main character in the video, with Salomon Teammate Anna Frost as co-star, just back from her superb performance at Transulvcania.
ZEGAMA SKYRUNNING MARATHON PHOTO GALLERY.
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