|From sea to sky – Greece’s Gerania Vertical Kilometer®|
From sea to sky the Gerania Vertical Kilometer® - Greece’s only Vertical distance race - saw top runners compete in the lung-busting 1,000m uphill challenge. First to cross the finish line at the summit were Slovenian Nejc Kuhar (La Sportiva) in 44’08’’ and Spaniard Vanesa Ortega (Boquique Trail) in 54’34”.
The spectacular race in its third year, was the fourth stage and semi-final of the Skyrunner® Vertical Series which sees the world’s top vertical specialists participate in the five –race Series.
Kuhar, the clear favourite, led the short steep race from start to finish, alternating with Andorran brothers Xavier and Ferran Teixido on the second stretch, before he powered on to take the win.
In the women’s field Ortega held the lead followed by Alba Xandri and Silvia Leal, (FEEC) positions they maintained throughout the race.
Vanesa Ortega now heads the women’s ranking while Marco Facchinelli maintains the lead in the men’s ranking with La Sportiva leading the teams.
The Vertical Series final will take place in Limone on Italy’s scenic Lake Garda on October 11th, together with the SkyRace® final on the 13th where in a full-on skyrunning celebration will close the season.
1 . VANESA ORTEGA TRANCÓN (ESP) - BOQUIQUE TRAIL - 236 points
2. ALBA XANDRI SUETS FEEC (ESP) - 228
3. LAURA ORGUE VILA (ESP) SALOMON SANTIVERI - 188
4 . TESSA HILL (GBR) ARC'TERYX - 156
5. SILVIA LEAL AUGÉ (ESP) FEEC - 130
1. MARCO FACCHINELLI (ITA) LA SPORTIVA 236 points
2. FERRAN TEIXIDÓ MARTÍ-VENTOSA (AND) - FAM 216
3. JOAN FREIXA MARCELÓ (ESP) FEEC - 180
4. URBAN ZEMMER (ITA )LA SPORTIVA - 168
5. ÒSCAR CASAL MIR (AND) FAM 1- 58
6. XAVIER TEIXIDÓ MARTÍ-VENTOSA (AND) FAM - 130
1. LA SPORTIVA
2. FAM (Federaciò Andorrana de Muntanysme)
3. FEEC (Federació d'Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya)
5. SALOMON SANTIVERI