Welcome to the first Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit!
The rapidly expanding appeal of climbing 1,000 metres sky-high has prompted the creation of this circuit to showcase some of the best races across the world – for starters, sixteen races in eight countries.
The circuit is a Skyrunner® World Series spin-off, launching with double the number of races. They include the world’s shortest and fastest races, the first and only triple VK, some 20-year-old classics and some exciting new ones. With the aim of expanding in the future, the number of races may be increased throughout the season.
Conceived by the skyrunning founders in 1994 when the first event took place in Cervinia, Italy, the challenge of racing uphill has spread to thousands of participants in more than 120 races worldwide. The sport is governed by the International Skyrunning Federation and defined as: “Races with 1,000m vertical climb over variable terrain with a substantial incline, not exceeding five kilometres in length. A double or triple Vertical Kilometer® is also recognised.”
The world records stand at 29’42” set in Fully, Switzerland, in 2014 by Italian Urban Zemmer and the women’s record stands at 34’44” by Frenchwoman Christel Dewalle in the same year on the same course.
Scientific studies established the ideal incline to be around 35% but some of the fastest performances have been on stretches exceeding 50%.
The challenge is open!