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The Rut – a battle of giants

The Rut 50K course. ©Volkmar von Sehlen


Fifth and final Skyrunner® Ultra Series race, The Rut 50K in Montana, USA, will host no less than the top five male and four female ranked athletes as well as a number of high profile American runners in a field of 500.


Next weekend’s events will include the fourth race in the Skyrunner® Vertical Series, the Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer®, with #1 ranked Italian Nadir Maguet (La Sportiva) heading the line-up.


The Rut 50K will indeed see a battle of giants contend the Series Ultra title with the unstoppable Kilian Jornet (Salomon) facing both Sage Canaday (Hoka One One) and Manuel Merrillas (Mammut) after competing together at Transvulcania at the beginning of the season.


Anna Frost, race favourite. ©iancorless.com


Manuel currently leads the Ultra ranking ahead of Tom Owens (Salomon) 2nd , followed by Kilian, 3rd,  Sage 4th and Italian Fulvio Dapit (Crazy Idea) 5th, but the Ultra title will be just between Kilian and Sage. Pushing the pace will be Alex Nichols (inov-8) in 14th position, Rickey Gates (Salomon) 15th, while Mike Wolfe (18th) will stay behind the scenes in his role as co-organiser with top runner and The Rut race organiser Mike Foote.


Kilian, never turns down an opportunity to race in the mountains so he’ll be “warming up” for the Ultra at Friday’s Vertical Kilometer® before race day. Don’t under-estimate Salomon team manager, Greg Vollet from France. He finished, among other important events, 7th at last weekend’s brutal Kima Trophy, the toughest skyrunning race on the Series and he’ll join Kilian in both events with Andorra’s Casal Mir brothers, Oscar and Marc.


The two Mikes as race organisers, Mike Foote and Michael Wolfe.


The deeply stacked women’s field includes the best of the best with Salomon’s Anna Frost, Emelie Forsberg and Kasie Enman. Arriving at the last minute will be Italy’s Alessandra Carlini, (Agisko) who, after three Ultra Series races, heads the ranking. Spain’s Nuria Dominquez (Buff) ranked 5th, has had to forsake the trip due to an injury at Kima where she finished 5th. Add to the mix, Canadian Ellie Greenwood who placed 3rd at Speedgoat 50K behind Kasie Enman and winner Anna Frost. Here, between Anna, Emelie and Kasie, the race winner wins the Series, although Alessandra, could win the title only if she wins and the other three don’t make the podium. Unlikely.


What better way to close the skyrunning Ultra Series than with the world’s top runners and the toughest competition in a race that lives up to its name, The Rut 50K. With a total of 6,080m vertical metres ascent and descent, the highest point of both events is 3,403m.


Sage Canaday, race favourite. ©Jordi Saragossa.


The Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer® is the fourth race in the five-race Series which concludes in October at Limone sul Garda.


A total of US$ 25,000 is the Skyrunner® World Series final prize awarded to the top three winners of each Series, Vertical, Sky and Ultra.


Skyrunner® Ultra Series ranking


Skyrunner® World Series scoring

The three best results in each Series are scored. Ranking points in the final races of all three Series will be increased by 20%. Ranking points breakdown: 100-88-78-72-68-66-64-62-60-58-56-54-52-50 down to 2 points to 40th position for men and 15th position for women.


iRunFar will cover the race live


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