The Skyrunning 2012 season will conclude tomorrow Sunday, October 14 at the classic Kinabalu Climbathlon -new course this year- in Malaysia. Leading the ranking, Kilian Jornet (ESP) needs only a third place to achieve his fourth world champion title. Among the women, Emelie Forsberg (SWE) arrives as favorite to the title as well.
KINABALU CLIMBATHLON 2012: Race preview.
Favorites Kilian Jornet & Emelie Forsberg, plus challengers.
Besides Kilian Jornet who is a clear favorite given both his previous record as well as his current great state of form, the battle for second place will be between Tom Owens, currently ranked second and Luis Alberto Hernando, 2011 reigning world champ. Unfortunately, Marco De Gasperi, past winner here will not be present this year due to injury.
The big action will be in the women’s field with no less than five out of the top eight ranked ladies racing. The world title however is only within the reach of four women: Emelie Forsberg and Blanca Maria Serrano, ranked first and second, have points to discard while Italy’s new young star Silvia Serafini and Nuria Picas, recent winner at Cavalls del Vent, will ensure sparks fly.
KINABALU CLIMBATHLON 2012 NEW COURSE.
The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon has represented a landmark skyrunning event since 2004, on many occasions representing the final, a World Series main race and, in 2011, the Skyrunner SuperCup. See here the downhill videos of top runners -Jornet. De Gasperi, etc..- fighting out the title at Kinabalu 2011. Most impressive they are.
A major course change this year will mean the famous summit will not feature in the new race, which starts in Kinabalu Park at 1,563m, rises steeply to 2,760m in just eight kilometres, to descend to the small town of Kundasang on the other side of the mountain for a total distance of 23 km.
KINABALU CLIMBATHLON 2012 PROGRAM 12-13-14 OCTOBER 2012
12-13OCT: 9am to 6pm:Registration Open at Mt. KINABALU HERITAGE RESORT, KUNDASANG
13OCT: 7pm Race Briefing will be held at the Mt. KINABALU HERITAGE RESORT,
14OCT: Race day.
6am: Participants gather at the race start in Kinabalu Park. 7am: Race start for men and women open. 7:30am: Race start for men and women veteran. 2pm: End of race. Awards Ceremony. Prize presentation. 3pm: End of Ceremony
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