|Arct’eryx team aiming for the sky|
Arc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor brand and ISF partner, announces their six-man team participating in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series. From the US, charismatic and eclectic runner Joe Grant is back for more and will race the Ultra Series starting with the Transvulcania Ultramarathon on May 11 where he placed 12th last year as well as a 2nd place at Hardrock 100 and a second place at the 350-mile long Iditarod Trail Invitational, the legendary Alaskan sled dog race. He’s also aiming at the Sky Series’ new Ultraks 46K in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Canadian distance runner Adam Campbell, plagued with injury last year, has got big plans for the SWS Ultra Series and he’ll be toeing the line at Transvulcania with Grant in the first of the Series Ultra races which he describes as, “a global race series in some of the most iconic mountain settings and over some very rough and technical terrain”. The SWS in a nutshell.
Italy’s Nicola Golinelli will be tackling both the Sky and Vertical Series. Last year, he chalked up two third places in the Vertical K and a fourth position at the Giir di Mont, Premana, Italy. He will debut at the highly competitive Zegama-Aizkorri marathon on May 26 where he placed 5th in 2011.
Frenchman Didier Zago, like Golinelli, will aim for both Sky and Vertical races, starting off with the Cara Amón Vertical Kilometer® on May 18, site of the 2012 SkyGames® in northern Spain.
Briton Tessa Hill joins Zago in the two disciplines and skyrunning new comer Florian Reichert from Germany, will race the Sky Series, launching at Zegama.
An intensive season of highly competitive racing faces the runners, from the short steep Vertical Kilometers to the marathon distance Sky Series and the grueling Ultra Series. With no less than five world champions competing, one thing is for sure. Everyone will be racing for the love of it. Champions or not, unquestionably the driving force behind every SWS participant lies their passion for running in the mountains.