Skyrunner World Series

The Skyrunner World Series is an annual international championship of skyrunning (high altitude endurance races) and the official International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) race circuit for mountain running.[1] Each year the Skyrunner World Series presents a global Sky Racing calendar, attracting mountain running athletes from almost every country.

Skyrunner World Series
Genresporting event
Date(s)from April to October
Most recent2018
Organised byISF


Skyrunning was founded in 1992 by Italian Marino Giacometti, President of the International Skyrunning Federation which sanctions the discipline worldwide. The SWS was launched in 2004 and has grown to represent the peak of outdoor running defined by altitude and technicality. In 2017, Migu Run, an advanced online and offline exercise and health management platform founded in China, became title sponsor of the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series.

Definition of a Skyrunner World Series Sky RaceEdit

Skyrunning stands apart from other mountain running activities. The criteria of a SWS Sky Race are:

  • Race Duration: Day-long races with a time limit of 16 hours.
  • Race Distance: Sky Races feature distances from 22 km to 66 km to enable full intensity performance throughout the race.
  • Race Values: Races are characterised by their technicality, speed, intensity and extreme terrain.

Altitude (average and maximum reached), peak reach, running on snow/glacier, grade II climbing difficulty and increased elevation percentage are other factors also taken into account when defining a Sky Race.

2019 rules and rankingsEdit

The 2019 Skyrunner World Series proposes two ranking systems. The single season ranking, introduced in 2019 and limited to the Skyrunner World Series, and the 52-week ranking which encompasses all races, including the Skyrunner National Series races.

The single season rankingEdit

In 2019, the Skyrunner World Series introduced the first single ranking system. The objective of the general ranking is to unify the circuits and key races to make the series even more competitive and define who is the best Skyrunner in the World; a Skyrunner being someone able to face any type of mountain with technicality, speed and intensity, and serves as a base to distribute the end of season bonus pool.[citation needed]

The 2019 Skyrunner World Series season runs from April to October. It consists of 15 races in 11 countries and concludes with the "SkyMasters", the end of season race open only to qualified athletes.

Athletes are ranked on their top 4 points results of the season, of which no more than 2 can be "SuperSky Races" - races rewarding twice as many points as a Sky Race, plus the SkyMasters points.

At each race, points will be attributed to the top twenty finishers in a symmetric manner for men and women according to the following grid:

Pos. Sky Race SuperSky Race SkyMasters
1 100 200 250
2 80 160 200
3 70 140 175
4 60 120 150
5 54 108 135
6 48 96 120
7 42 84 105
8 36 72 90
9 30 60 75
10 26 52 65
11 22 44 55
12 18 36 45
13 16 32 40
14 14 28 35
15 12 24 30
16 10 20 25
17 8 16 20
18 6 12 15
19 4 8 10
20 2 4 5

The 52-week rankingEdit

The 52-week rolling ranking is a ranking based on results over the last 52 weeks. It includes the points earned in MRSWS and Skyrunner National Series and is updated every week. After 52 weeks, any result completely disappears.

End of season bonus poolEdit

The end of season bonus pool increased from €66,000 in 2018 to €75,000 in 2019, split equally between the top 10 ranked male and female athletes of the season. To be eligible for the end of season bonus pool, athletes must participate in a minimum of four races, at least two must be Sky Races and start at the SkyMasters race.

2019 Race CalendarEdit

Date Race Country
21.04.2019 Mt. Awa Skyrace

33 km, 2,400m+

04.05.2019 Yading Skyrun

32 km, 2,819m+

11.05.2019 Transvulcania Ultramarathon

74 km, 4,350m+ / *SuperSky Race

19.05.2019 Skyrace Des Matheysins

27km, 1,980m+

01.06.2019 Madeira Skyrace

56 km, 4,100m+

15.06.2019 Livigno Skymarathon

34 km, 2,700m+ / *SuperSky Race

29.06.2019 Olympus Marathon

44 km, 3,200m+

14.07.2019 BUFF Epic Trail 42K

42 km, 3,325m+ / *SuperSky Race

21.07.2019 Royal Ultra Skymarathon Gran Paradiso

55 km, 4,141m+

28.07.2019 Skyrace Comapedrosa

21 km, 2,280m+

03.08.2019 Tromsø Skyrace

57 km, 4,700m+

23.08.2019 Matterhorn Ultraks «Extreme»

24 km, 2,800m+ / *SuperSky Race

15.09.2019 ZacUP Skyrace

27 km, 2,650m+

22.09.2019 Pirin Ultra Skyrace

66km, 4,400m+

05.10.2019 Sky Pirineu

37 km, 2,575m+

19.10.2019 The SkyMasters

27 km, 2,600m+


2018 Ranking systemEdit

For the 2018 season, three rankings were published: Sky Classic, Sky Extra and Overall.

Sky Classic races were 22 km to 50 km long with 7.5% average elevation and a 1,000m difference of min/max. altitude. The Sky Classic ranking took into account the best five results of the season. The Sky Classic category champions were Pascal Egli from Switzerland and GBs Holly Page.

Sky Extra mixed races that were formerly known as Sky Ultra and Sky Extreme. These races were over 50 km long with 6.5% average elevation and 1,000m difference of min/max. altitude. The Sky Extra took into account the best four results of the season and was won by Pere Aurell of Spain and America's Hillary Gerardi.

Overall - all athletes scoring points in any race entered the overall ranking. Their best two results in each category counted for the final ranking.

Laura Orgué (2nd), Sheila Aviles (champion) and Ragna Debats (3rd) on the podium of the Sky Classic 2017 Skyrunner World Series.

Previous overall championsEdit

That is the results of the singles races of the various years.[2][3]

Year Men's winner Women's winner
2002   Agustí Roc Amador   Corinne Favre
2003   Agustí Roc Amador   Teresa Forn
2004   Agustí Roc Amador   Anna Serra
2005   Rob Jebb   Corinne Favre
2006   Ricardo Mejia   Angela Mudge
2007   Kílian Jornet   Angela Mudge
2008   Kílian Jornet   Corinne Favre
2009   Kílian Jornet   Emanuela Brizio
2010   Tofol Castañer   Emanuela Brizio
2011   Luis Alberto Hernando   Oihana Kortazar
2012   Kílian Jornet   Emelie Forsberg
2017   Jonathan Albon   Maite Maiora
2018   Kílian Jornet   Ragna Debats

Past events championsEdit

SkyRace Sky Ultra Vertical Kilometer Sky Extreme
Year Men's winner Women's winner Men's winner Women's winner Men's winner Women's winner Men's winner Women's winner
2012   Luis Hernando   Zhanna Vokueva   Kílian Jornet   Núria Picas   Urban Zemmer   Laura Orgué
2013   Kílian Jornet   Stevie Kremer   Kílian Jornet   Emelie Forsberg   Urban Zemmer   Laura Orgué
2014   Kílian Jornet   Stevie Kremer   Kílian Jornet   Emelie Forsberg   Kílian Jornet   Laura Orgué
2015   Tadei Pivk   Laura Orgue   Luis Hernando   Emelie Forsberg   Remi Bonnet   Laura Orgué
2016   Tadei Pivk   Megan Kimmel   Cristofer Clemente   Gemma Arenas   Philip Götsch   Christel Dewalle   Jonathan Albon   Jasmin Paris
2017   Marco De Gasperi   Sheila Aviles   Luis Hernando   Ragna Debats Vertical Kilometer World Circuit   Jonathan Albon   Maite Maiora


  Bonus races (100% 2007-2008, 20% from 2009 to 2017, 50% 2018)
category Race Country 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Sky Classic Yading Skyrun   China x x x
Zegama-Aizkorri   Spain x x x x x x x x x x x x
Livigno SkyMarathon   Italy x x x
Olympus Marathon   Greece x x
Buff Epic Trail   Spain x x
Dolomites SkyRace   Italy x x x x x x x x x x x
SkyRace Comapedrosa   Andorra x x x
Matterhorn Ultraks    Switzerland x x x x x x
The Rut 28K   USA x x x x
Limone SkyRace   Italy x x x x x x
Sky Extra Transvulcania Ultramarathon   Spain x x x x x x x
Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira   Portugal x x x
High Trail Vanoise   France x x x
Tromsø SkyRace   Norway x x x x
Trofeo Kima   Italy x x x x x
Salomon Glen Coe Skyline   UK x x x
Ultra Pirineu   Spain x x x x
Pirin Ultra SkyRace   Bulgaria x
SkyRace X-Marathon de la Val d'Aran   Spain x
Barr Trail Mountain Race   USA x x
Ville d'Aoste SkyRace   Italy x
Sierre-Zinal    Switzerland x x x x x x
Kinabalu Climbathon   Malaysia x x x x x x x x x
Valmalenco-Valposchiavo    Switzerland x x x x x
6000D SkyRace   France x x
Sentiero delle Grigne   Italy x x x x x
OSJ Ontake SkyRace   Japan x x x x x x
SkyRace Andorra   Andorra x x x x
Ben Nevis Race   UK x x x
Circuito dos 3 Cântaros   Portugal x x x
SkyRace de Serre Chevalier   France x
Giir di Mont   Italy x x
Irazú SkyRace   Costa Rica x
SkyRace Mexiquense   Mexico x x
Avila SkyRace   Venezuela x x
Puyada Oturia   Spain x
Travessa de Canilllo   Andorra x x
Carrera La Sagra   Spain x
Ziria SkyRace   Greece x x
Snowdon Race   UK x x
Sorginen Lasterketa   Spain x
Elbrus Race   Russia x
Ronda dels Cims   Andorra x
Lantau 2 Peaks   Hong Kong x
Ring of Steall SkyRace   UK x
SkyMarathon Sentiero 4 Luglio SkyMarathon   Italy x x
Maraton Alpino Madrileno   Spain x x
Cervinia SkyMarathon   Italy x
Pikes Peak Marathon   USA x x x x x x x
Marató de Muntanya de Berga   Spain x x
Monte Rosa SkyMarathon   Italy x
Chaberton Marathon   France x x
Red Rock SkyMarathon   Italy x
SkyMarathon Ribagorza Románica   Spain x
Marathon du Montcalm   France x x
Mont Blanc Marathon   France x x
Sky Ultra UltraTrail de Mexico   Mexico x
Bettelmatt Ultra Trail   Italy x
Speedgoat   USA x x x
Cavalls de Vent   Spain x
Gran Trail des Templiers   France x
Ice Trail Tarentaise   France x x
Ultra Race of Champions   USA x
The Rut 50K   USA x x x x
Scenic Trail    Switzerland x
Devil’s Ridge Ultra   China x
Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra   UK x
Royal Ultra Sky Marathon   Italy x
Vertical Kilomètre Vertical de Val d’Isère   France x x x x x
Kilomètre Vertical Arles/Tech   France x
Elbrus Vertical Kilometer   Russia x x x
Gerania Vertical Kilometer   Greece x x
Dolomites Vertical Kilometer   Italy x x x x
Kilomètre vertical de Fully    Switzerland x
Vertical Kilometer del Puig Campana   Spain x
Cara Amon Vertical   Spain x
Chamonix Kilomètre Vertical   France x
Limone Extreme Vertical Kilometer   Italy x x x x
Transvulcania Vertical   Spain x x
Lone Peak Vertical   USA x x x
Tromsø Vertical Kilometer   Norway x x
Santa Caterina Vertical Kilometer   Italy x

Races multiple winnersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Skyrunning History". International Skyrunning Federation. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05.
  2. ^ "Results". Buff Skyrunner World Series. Archived from the original on 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ "Storico Skyrunner World Series" (in Italian). Fabiomenblog on Archived from the original on 2015-12-18.

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