ABOUT ISF - ISF - International Skyrunning Federation

ABOUT ISF

The International Skyrunning Federation

ULtraks , Zermatt, Switzerland. © Mario Colonel

Ultraks 46K , Zermatt, Switzerland. © Mario Colonel

The International Skyrunning Federation represents the governing authority of skyrunning – mountain running above 2,000m over extremely technical trails. Four disciplines define the sport which are not just based on distance, but vertical climb and technical difficulty:  Sky, Ultra, Vertical and Extreme.

The principal aims of the Federation are the direction, regulation, promotion, and development of skyrunning on a worldwide basis.

The ISF today counts 41 Member nations, five Associate Members and four Aspirant Members. The Federation is a Unit Member of the UIAA.

Among the events sanctioned and coordinated by the ISF are the annual Skyrunner® World Series; the Skyrunner National Series, the annual Youth Skyrunning World Championships; the Continental Championships; the biennial World Championships; and the Vertical World Circuit (skyscraper racing).

Bearing in mind the geographical, logistical and physical limitations of such a challenging sport, the following figures illustrate the dimension in numbers:

  • 202 official races in 18 countries
  • 50,000+ athletes participate in the official races annually
  • 65 countries represented in competitions

An important research project has accompanied the sport since its inception in 1992.  Unique physiological and psychological studies were carried out by the FSA (Federation for Sport at Altitude) in collaboration with universities and institutes on athletes in the field and in the laboratory.

The work of the ISF commissions includes laying down regulations for both athletes and organisers:  selecting and coordinating races for the calendar;  research and anti-doping;  giving a voice to athletes;  international communication and addressing environment issues.  The Technical Commission is active in developing product to the highest safety standards with manufacturers and in collaboration with the UIAA.