Introducing the events
Since the first extreme races in 1992, the first World Championship in 1998 and the introduction of the Skyrunner® World Series in 2004, skyrunning has grown to become a globally renowned sport governed by the International Skyrunning Federation. More recently National Series and Continental Championships have been introduced. The sport is practised in more than 65 nations and counts followers from 126 countries.
2020 Skyrunning World Championships
The 2020 Skyrunning World Championships will be held from 10-12 July at the BUFF® Mountain Festival in the Vall de Boí in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Here, athletes will confront each other in the three skyrunning disciplines: VERTICAL, SKY and SKY ULTRA. World titles and 27 medals are at stake which will be awarded to Individuals and Official Teams as well as a Combined title based on the best results of the Vertical and Sky races.
2020 Youth Skyrunning World Championships
The annual Youth Skyrunning World Championships were introduced in 2016. The fifth edition in 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions and will take place again in Italy with the Gran Sasso Vertical Kilometer® on July 30 and the Gran Sasso SkyRace® on August 1 in Fonte Cerreto, L’Aquila, Italy. Three categories, Youth A (15-17), Youth B (18-20) and U23 (21-23) will compete in the Vertical and Sky disciplines for the 54 medals at stake and individual and combined titles.
2020 Skyrunner® World Series
The Skyrunner® World Series was launched in 2004 and has grown to represent the peak of outdoor running defined by altitude and technicality. The Series features 16 races in three Continents, concluding the season with the Sky Masters.
2020 Skyrunner® National Series
The Skyrunner® National Series are based on the same principle as the World Series, awarding titles and prizes at the finals. The Series were introduced in 2014 and represent a platform for athletes to try skyrunning on a national level, before moving on to the international scene. In 2019 12 countries in three continents featured Skyrunner® National Series. The winners qualify for the Sky Masters.