about skyrunning

Less cloud. More Sky.

Running above the clouds, Royal Ultra SkyMarathon, Italy. ©iancorless.com

From sea to sky, skyrunning spans the great outdoors, across the world’s mountain ranges…and the imagination of thousands of participants and fans. It’s a sport born in the wild, where the logic was to reach the highest peak in the shortest time from a town or village. Today it represents the peak of outdoor running defined by altitude and technicality and counts some 300 official races worldwide with more than 95,000 participants from 65 countries.

It is defined by the Federation that was formed to govern the sport, the International Skyrunning Federation, as “running in the mountains above 2,000m altitude where the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° grade and the incline is over 30%”.

Skyrunning was founded in 1992 by Italian Marino Giacometti, President of the International Skyrunning Federation which governs the discipline worldwide and sports the tagline: “Less cloud. More Sky.