After launching last year, the 2018 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit now takes shape. From sea to sky, up cliff faces, volcanoes, mountain summits and ski runs, this gravity-defying sport is becoming increasingly popular. Defined as “uphill mountain running races that climb for 1,000m over less than 5 km”, the 2018 circuit features 11 races in six countries. It includes the world’s shortest and fastest races, the only triple VK and some 20-year-old classics.
The novelty this year is that four races will award 50% bonus points for the final ranking which takes into account a maximum of the best six results. Top specialists will line up to score points for the Vertical Kilometer® male and female champion titles as well as the end of season bonus pool awarding €10,000. The 2018 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit is set to attract VK specialists from across the globe together with all those runners who want to get a high – from just touching the sky!
2018 Vertical World Circuit
May 6 *Trentapassi Vertical Race 3.4 km +1,050m Marone, Italy May 10 Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® 7.3 km +1,203m Tazacorte, Spain May 25 *Zegama-Aizkorri VK 3.0 km +1,015m Zegama, Spain June 1 Santana Vertical Kilometer® 4.8 km +1,003m Santana, Portugal July 6 KV Face de Bellevarde 3.0 km +970m Val d’Isère, France July 20 *DoloMyths Run Vertical Kilometer® 2.6 km +1,000m Canazei, Italy July 29 Red Bull K3 9.7 km +3,036m Susa, Italy August 4 Blåmann Vertical 2.7 km +1,044m Tromsø, orway Sept 22 *Les KM de Chando 7.7 km +1,970m Chandolin, Switzerland October 7 Verticale du Grand Serre 1.8 km +1,000m Cholonge, France October 12 Grèste de la Mughéra VK 3.7 km +1,080m Limone Sul Garda, Italy
About Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit
The Vertical World Circuit was created in 2017 as a spin-off from the long standing Skyrunner® World Series. It is governed by the rules and regulations of the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The circuit was designed to celebrate the Vertical Kilometer® in as many races as possible worldwide. The Vertical Kilometer is a race 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.