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Mont-Blanc - the short and the long. Top runners line-up

Emelie Forsberg, 2014 Ultra Champion on the 80k course. © Jordi Saragossa


Chamonix, the world’s number one outdoor hub, last year hosted the Skyrunning World Championships and, this year, on June 26th, will feature both the Skyrunner® World Series Ultra and the European VK Championships.


With more than 1,500 runners at the start line of the Mont-Blanc 80K, a course specifically designed for skyrunning in 2013, the event as usual attracts a field from far and wide.


The original course, still 82 km long, has undergone some modifications in the second part, featuring a challenging 7,700m of vertical climb along ridges, over snow fields crossing into Swiss territory and traversing glaciers in a point to point loop from the town of Chamonix. Villages have been excluded in favour of more technical detours to create an even better experience for the participants – and the villagers! The 2014 standing records are by Luis Alberto Hernando, 10h25’52” and Emelie Forsberg in 12h38’49” but with the added climb and new sections the finishing times will be greater.


Kilian Jornet, 2014 VK Champion. ©iancorless.com


The Mont-Blanc Vertical KM, represents a lung-busting ascent right under the Brevant cable car, zigzagging its way 1,000m skywards over a sharp steep 3.8 km. The records to beat are by 2014 Skyrunning VK World Champions Kilian Jornet, 34’18” and Laura Orguè in 41’29”, both back to defend their titles.


The event represents the European VK Championships and is also valid for scoring Skyrunner® World Series points.


The men’s VK line-up counts the top 6 athletes in the 2015 ISF World Ranking and ten in the top 20. In the women’s field, the world’s top two and seven in the top 15 will participate.


Kilian Jornet (Salomon) ESP, 2nd, Neic Kuhar (La Sportiva) SLO, 3rd, Marco Moletto (La Sportiva) ITA, 4th, Alexis Sevennec (Compressport) FRA, 5th, Thorbjorn Ludvigsen (Salomon) NOR, 6th, Ferran Teixido (Andorra) 15th, William Bon Mardion (Compressport/La Sportiva FRA, 17th), Remi Bonnet (Salomon) SUI, 28th, Vitaly Shkel (Russia Skyrunning) RUS, 36th, Jan Havlicek (Czech Skyrunning) CZE, 40th, Xavier Teixido (Andorra) 42nd, Max King (Salomon) USA, 44th, Gregory Vollet (Salomon) FRA, 59th.


Christelle De Walle. ©iancorless.com


Laura Orguè (Salomon) ESP, 1st, Christel Dewalle (adidas) FRA, 2nd, Azara Garcia ESP, 9th, Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) SWE, 11th, Stephanie Jimenez (Salomon) ITA, 13th , Elena Kravchenko (Russia Skyrunning) RUS, 14th, Maite Maiora (La Sportiva) ESP, 17th).


The Mont-Blanc 80K line-up includes from the USA, Rory Bosio, two-times UTMB winner and USA Skyrunner® National Series winners Catlow Shipek and Hillary Allen. Interesting to note, the strong representation from Asia including Nepal’s Mira Rai, Asian Championship winner and runner-up China’s Dong Li.


2014 ISF ranked participants:


Manuel Merillas (Mammut/Compressport) ESP, 11th), Sebastien Chaigneau (The North Face,) FRA, 28th, Alex Nichols (inov-8) USA, 29th, Cristofer Clemente (Race Land) ESP, 50th, Franco Collè (Tecnica) ITA, 72nd, Travis Macy, USA, 82nd, Pablo Villa (Salomon) ESP, 96th, Hillary Allen, USA, 25th.


Dakota Jones (Salomon) who was training in Chamonix for the event is unfortunately injured and unable to race.


Laura Orguè, 2014 VK Champion. © Jordi Saragossa


The organisation is as usual in the expert hands of the Club des Sport de Chamonix, which manages year-round major international sports events.


Both races will take place on Friday, June 26. The Vertical KM starts at 16.00 while the Mont-Blanc 80K begins at 4 am on the same day.

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