SKYRUNNER WORLD SERIES 2019: THE SERIES ARRIVE TO ITALY WITH LIVIGNO SKYMARATHON

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The first Italian stage of the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series on Saturday 15th June promises to be memorable, with an even higher level of the legendary Basque Zegama marathon. Indeed, the 34km Skymarathon (with a 2700m uphill difference in height) held on the border between Italy and Switzerland has not only sold out, but will see the world’s royalty in this sport lining up at the start. Bibs are still available for K17, the first part of which will follow the same route as the main trail, giving racers ‘in the sky’ the chance to compete shoulder to shoulder with their heroes.

 

Photo: S.Confortola

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LIVIGNO SKYMARATHON 2019 (34K/D+2700m): The first race in Italy

 

The copious amounts of rain that fell in spring created a lot of snow at high altitude. Trusting in the significant rise in the heat over the past few days, route manager Adriano Greco, backed by home champion Marco De Gasperi, is monitoring the route and will shortly announce any changes that have to be made. Meanwhile, in view of the super race on Saturday 15th June, champions will start heading to Livigno over the next few days to train in this magical location amidst the Alps.

The starting list of the Super Sky held on the border between Italy and Switzerland includes more than 70 of the elite from all over the world. They include three times trail running world champion and twice Skyrunning World Series winner Luis Alberto Hernando, who’ll lead a fierce Spanish delegation in which the name of a talented Oriol Cardona Coll stands out. Attention should also be paid to the winner of the first cup race, Japanese athlete Rui Ueda and the Norwegian Petter Engdahl, who put on a real show for us in Livigno last year. bA compulsory mention goes to Frenchman Garrivier Thibaut, too, Moroccan-naturalised Spaniard Ait Malek Zaid, the Iberian Pablo Villa Gonzales and many other champions who have chosen Livigno as the highlight of the season.

The women’s race is going to be a tough one, too, with Sheila Avilés who came 2nd here last year and will have to keep a close eye on Elisa Desco during the spectacular route in Alta Valtellina. American athlete Ilary Gerardi, Brit Holly Page and South African Robyn Owen are also in the running for a place on the podium.

 

 

Let’s see the profile:

 

PROGRAM

FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2019
Via dala Gesa, Campo sportivo Santa Maria
09:00 – 19:00 RACE OFFICE, race bags and bibs distribution

Via Ostaria, in front of Tagliede restaurant at Start/Finish
18:00 BRIEFING Livigno Skymarathon and Livigno K17 with the presentation of elite athletes

SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019
Via dala Gesa, Campo sportivo Santa Maria
07:00 – 08:00 RACE OFFICE, race bags and bibs distribution

Via Ostaria, in front of Tagliede restaurant at Start/Finish
08:30 START Livigno Skymarathon

Via Ostaria, in front of Tagliede restaurant at Start/Finish
09:30 START Livigno K17

Via Ostaria, in front of Tagliede restaurant at Start/Finish
11:00 Expected ARRIVAL time of Livigno K17 winner
Flowers ceremony with the first 3 male/female athletes

Via Ostaria, in front of Tagliede restaurant at Start/Finish
12:30 Expected ARRIVAL time of Livigno Skymarathon winner
Flowers ceremony with the first 3 male/female athletes

Via Ostaria, in front of Tagliede restaurant at Start/Finish
17:30 PRICE GIVING Livigno Skymarathon and Livigno K17

 

 

Current ranking of the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series based on the best four points results, of which no more than two can be SuperSky Races, plus the SkyMasters points.

Women

  1. Megan Kimmel USA 320
  2. Ragna DEBATS NED 280
  3. ANNE-LISE ROUSSET FRA 202

Men

  1. Thibaut GARRIVIER FRA 248
  2. Jonathan ALBON GBR 190
  3. Dmitry MITYAEV RUS 160

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Info by Abel de Frutos for Trailrunningspain