2018 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit Announced

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.