The 2016 Skyrunning World Championships were held from 22 -24 July in the Vall de Boí in the Spanish Pyrenees, a spectacular natural arena surrounded by 3,000m peaks and 200 mountain lakes. Rich in cultural history, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Three classic skyrunning disciplines were disputed:
ULTRA, SKY and VERTICAL which drew athletes from no less than 40 countries.
Twenty-seven medals and a € 20,000 prize purse were awarded.
The BUFF® EPIC TRAIL 105KM, with a gruelling 8,000m elevation gain and a maximum gradient of 56%, is as tough as they come. Strict qualification standards were enforced for participants, which are capped at 250.
The rugged BUFF® EPIC TRAIL 42KM is a point to point with 3,200m positive vertical climb. Again, a highly challenging extremely technical race with a nine-hour time limit capped at 500.
For the short and steep specialists, the BUFF® EPIC TRAIL VK is 2.8 km long with 1,030m positive climb. The average incline is 30.7% and reaches a mean 50.4% at the steepest point. It is capped at 250.
WADA anti-doping tests were carried out at the Championships managed by FEDME, the Spanish Mountain Sports Federation and ISF member for Spain.
Official Timekeeper 2016 Skyrunning World Championships
Alpina Watches, 2016 Skyrunning World Championships Official Timekeeper, awarded six prestigious Alpina Horological Smartwatches to the male and female champions of each category, Vertical, Sky and Ultra.