Kilomètre Vertical® de Fully – Switzerland
Distance: 1.9 km
Vertical climb: 1,000m
Highest point: 1,500m
Race records: Philip Götsch 28’53” (2017); Christel Dewalle 34’44” (2014)
The Fully Vertical KM is known as the fastest in the world. Halfway between a traditional mountain race and ski-mountaineering, it is a one-of-a-kind race on the agenda of many runners.
The start is an individual time-trial. With a distance of 1,920 metres, the average incline is more than 50% making hiking poles indispensable. The race starts at Belle-Usine in Fully (500m) and follows an old railway track until the Garettes at 1,50om altitude.
The course crosses the Fully vineyards, a field near the hamlet of Euloz and finally ascends through a forest in an endless straight line leading to the finish. Every 100 meters, a live-score board with the fastest runners’ times is posted so everyone can check their timing on the way up.