Kilian Jornet 2012 Trail Running Calendar: 1st trips to Transvulcania, Pike´s Peak & Speedgoat

The catalonian Kilian Jornet is nowadays the best know skyrunner from Spain, following several years of superb performances from vertical kilometers to ultra trails the world over. Yesterday he officially communicated his much awaited 2012 Trail Running Calendar.

UTMB 2011 Kilian Jornet

Kilian Jornet leading the UTMB 2011 out of Trient (140k) Photo: MemphisMadrid

Kilian Jornet´s 2012 Trail running Calendar, in his own words, is to go as follows:

“I will make only a parenthesis warm in this cold winter season, to present what will be my race calendar for this permanent running Trail 2012 (final if there are no injuries, accidents on the mountain … you never know!)

This year I wanted to do different things, and llevava years doing the same races and wanted to seek new goals, new discoveries.

Here we go!

May 12: TRANSVULCANIA 83km. (Canary Islands-Spain) km http://www.transvulcania.com/ a career that I wanted to compete, on an island paradise! and this year with an exceptional level … but take only 1 week after the PDG run!

May 20: Zegama 42km. (Euskadi – Spain) Zegama-aizkorri.com / A Classica, will be the 4th time I have participated. Without doubt one of the essential (in my opinion with di Mont Giir Sierre Zinal i) Great Environment!

June 23: Western States 100. 100M (California USA) http://ws100.com/ The 3rd participation, despite being a career that suits my conditions I want to return for the environment and to stay after a little known Californian mountains.

July 8: Kilian’s Classik: (Font Romeu Pyrenees) http://traildefontromeu.com/ more than a race, a party of Trail running, with running friends, a chance to show you my country.

July 20 to 22: VK and SkyRace Dolomites. 2 km and 21km (Dolomites – Italy) http://www.dolomiteskyrace.com/ ran 3 years ago and left me a very good taste, a spectacular region and a beautiful career.

July 28: Speedgoat. 50 km. (Utah – USA) United States http://karlmeltzer.com/speedgoat-50k/ again to spend a month there to discover and run by its mountains, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada … and leverage to make some racing

August 19: Pikes Peak Marathon, 42km (Colorado – USA) http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/ Trail Running A Classic of American, 3rd oldest marathon on the USA and the 1st mountain race. One that felt like a long time.

August 26: KIMA, 50km (Valtellina – Italy) http://trofeokima.org/ One of the great, the first Skyraces and one of the more technical, Pure Skyrunning!

October 14: Kinabalu Climbathon 21km (Borneo – Malaysia) Short http://climbathon.sabahtourism.com/2011/ but the hardest, 2300m up and down technical trails. This year I return to Asia for this beautiful race.

Oct. 19: Grand Raid Reunion, 170km (Reunion Island) http://www.grandraid-reunion.com/ the 20th anniversary certainly holds many surprises us. How to describe this race? Impossible, people, environment, landscapes, nature, hardness … a dream

And we close this parenthesis, now the shoes are too far away, for now I will not remove the skis until early May. Next stop, the World Cup in Sicily, in the snows of Mount Etna next week!

More km…more fun!!” 

Being this so, it seems there will be three firsts for him in the upcoming season: First novelty for the year will be the much boosted Salomon Running Transvulcania race at the Canaries, and then in the summer he will take some special time to go see & race more of the USA. The iconic Pike Peak´s Marathon as first target, then moving on to Speedgoat. 

Salomon Team Kilian Jornet font romeu

Salomon Running Team (Font Romeu, June 2011) with spaniards Kilian, Miguel & Mireia. Foto: Mayayo

May the 2012 season be fruitful to Kilian, and to all the other spanish trailrunners  such as Mireia Miró, Miguel Heras, Iker Carrrera, Nerea Martínez, Zigor Iturrieta, Luis Alberto Hernando, Ohiana Kortazar… who keep the country at the forefront of the sport in global terms. 

See our interview series with Mireia Miró, Miguel Heras and other key spanish trailrunners here

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Info by Mayayo for Trailrunningspain.com