2023 Continental Champs stretch across the globe

Showing off what Brazil has to offer for the South American Continental Championships at the Mountain Mestre races in Brazil. ©Rafael Aquino Leal

No less than four continents will host the 2023 Skyrunning Continental Championships stretching across the globe from North & Central America, to South America, Europe and Asia from April to December. The Continentals alternate with the World Championships every odd year.

The season kicks off on April 2, 2023, with the North & Central American Championships hosted in Costa Rica for the first time. By no means new to skyrunning, Costa Rica placed 18th in the recent World Championships country ranking thanks to the results of the eight-member team. Featuring the SKY discipline, the race summits at 3,473m altitude.

It’s a tough climb to the 3,473m summit in the SKY discipline in Costa Rica, hosting the North & Central American Championships for the first time. ©La Cumbre SkyRace®

The second leg of the world tour lands in Brazil where the South American Championships will take place for the second time after 2019. All three disciplines, VERTICAL, SKY and SKYULTRA will be hosted here between June 22-25, 2023.

For the first time in the Balkans from July 14-16, 2023, the European Skyrunning Championships will be hosted in Montenegro featuring all three disciplines.

For the first time, the European Championships will be held in Montenegro featuring all three disciplines. ©Marko Nicolic

Closing the season, the Asian Championships will be back in Hong Kong, China on Lantau Island where successful past editions were held. The SKY and SKYULTRA will be held on the same day, December 9, 2023.

The 2021 Skyrunning European Championships, the only Continentals to be held that year, were celebrated in Portugal where Spain, Italy and Portugal lead the country rankings.

Nine races across four continents will award the 72 medals and Continental titles at stake in this big come-back on the international skyrunning stage.

Back in Hong Kong, the Lantau 50 and Lantau 27 will host the Asian Championships. ©Lantau 50

The rich 2023 skyrunning season, apart from the four Continentals, will also include the second edition of the annual SkySnow World Championships, the annual Youth Skyrunning World Championships, the third VK OPEN Championships and, a brand new championship –  to be announced shortly.

2023 SKYRUNNING CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Costa Rica
SKY – April 2 – La Cumbre SkyRace®
Distance 20 km / 1,465m vertical climb

SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brazil
VERTICAL – June 23 – Insanity Mountain Mestre Alvaro VK
4.8 km / 1,014m vertical climb

SKYULTRA – June 24 – Insanity Mountain Mestre Alvaro 50K
Distance 50 km/ 4,394m vertical climb

SKY – June 25 – Mountain Mestre Alvaro 35K
Distance 35 km /3,300m vertical climb

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montenegro

VERTICAL – July 14 – Prokletije Vertical Kilometer®
Distance 3.5 km / 1,100m vertical climb

SKYULTRA – July 15 – Prokletije SkyUltra
Distance 50 km / 4,400m vertical climb

SKY – July 16 – Prokletije SkyRace®
Distance 30 km/ 2,150m vertical climb

ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hong Kong, China

SKY – December 9 – Lantau 27
Distance 27 km / 1,922m vertical climb

SKYULTRA – December 9 – Lantau 50
Distance 54 km / 3,240m vertical climb

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