The Skyrunning 2012 season had once again a double session this weekend, with the Atlantic Ocean in between: The Speedgoat 50k Skyrace was run Saturday 28Jul in the United States, whereas Giir di Mont was run 29Jul in Italy. Skyrunners from Spain once again dominated both races: Kilian Jornet (ESP) took Speedgoat and Tofol Castanyer (ESP) won at Giir di Mont. Anna Frost (NZL) and Kaise Enman (USA) were the female winners. Special congratulations to the Salomon Running team, where they all belong.
As the ISF organization for the Skyrunner World series puts it, there were two great races, and many top skyrunners involved. The final winners at Saturday’s Speedgoat 50k , the second World Series Ultra of the season, were Kilian Jornetand Anna Frost. Jornet finished in 5h14’10” breaking the course record. Rickey Gates was a close second in 5h18’27” followed by Max King(5h23’10”) and Anton Krupicka (5h23’36”) 4th in a great come-back after his long lay-off.
The result was not without controversy however as Jornet was declared winner but his record and prize-money withheld on account of his switchback cutting, despite having been informed not to do so. Organizer Karl Meltzer decided to keep Jornet as official winner, yet dispossess him of the course record and the prize money which went in both cases to non-cutter Rickey Gates. Salomonic decision, if there was ever such one. (See Meltzer interview on the subject here)
Anna Frost, despite worries of not being on top form, led the race from start to finish. Kerrie Bruxvoort was second while local runners Sarah Evans and Emily Sullivan where third and fourth, respectively.
Back in Europe at Italy’s Giir di Mont, predictions aside, no-one was ready for American Kasie Enman’s triumphant win and record together with Tofol Castanyer’s great come-back in a stacked men’s field. Tom Owen’s was second and Luis Alberto Hernando, third.
The men’s field was an exciting match with Rumenian Ionut Zinca leading strongly in the first part of the race, before ceding to pressure on the final ascent from Hernando, with Castanyer and Owens alternating the lead. Owens was hampered on the final downhill due to severe blisters from last week’s Dolomites SkyRace but managed a heroic second position.
In the women’s field it was Kasie Enman’s race from start to finish, breaking the course record and closing 14 minutes ahead of her competitors. Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg kept a steady second place throughout most of the race, to be overtaken by Silvia Serafini - Italy’s new skyrunning hope. No doubt last week’s superb record at the Dolomites SkyRace took its toll on Forsberg who slipped down to fifth position. Oihana Kortazar finished third, not on her best form and Blanca Maria Serrano, fourth.
SKYRUNNING WORLD SERIES 2012: Updated rankings.
After the weekend’s races, the Skyrunner World Series 2012 ranking is lead by Luis Alberto Hernando, Kilian Jornet and Tom Owens and Emelie Forsberg, Blanca Maria Serrano and Kasie Enman. Next Skyrunning World Series 2012 race is coming up on August 12 at the Course de Sierre Zinal in Switzerland. See here a video of 2011 edition.
SKYRUNNING WORLD SERIES: COURSE DE SIERRE ZINAL VIDEO (2011)
SKYRUNNING WORLD SERIES 2012: REMAINING CALENDAR
MAIN SKY RACES
Switzlerland: COURSE DE SIERRE-ZINAL , ZINAL, VALAIS – 1AUG
USA: PIKES PEAK MARATHON , COLORADO – 19AUG
Malaysia: MOUNT KINABALU CLIMBATHON , SABAH, BORNEO – 15OCT
VERTICAL KILOMETER® SERIES (Kilómetro Vertical)
Switzerland: Le KM Vertical de Fully , Martigny, Valais – 20 OCT
Spain: Vertical Kilometer del Puig Campana , Valencia – 11NOV
Grecia: Ziria Cross Country SkyRace®, Goura Corinth – 27 Mayo
*Italia: DOLOMITES SKYRACE® , CANAZEI, TRENTO – 22 Julio
Reino Unido: Snowdon International Race , Llanberis, Wales – 28 Julio
Francia: Marathon du Montcalm , Auzat, Ariège – 18 Agosto
ULTRA SKYMARATHON SERIES
Italy: Trofeo Kima UltraSkyMarathon® , Valmasino, Sondrio – 26AUG
Spain: Cavalls del Vent – Cadi-Moixeró Natural Park , Pyrenees – 2OCT
Francia: La Course des Templiers , Millau, Grands Causses – 28 Octubre