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Alpina Smart Time Prize at Tromsø SkyRace®


Alpina Smart Time Prize winners Mira Rai & Luis alb erto Hernando. (c)iancorless.com

Tromso, Norway, August 2, 2015

Sunday’s Tromsø SkyRace®, one of the Skyrunner® World Series races selected to award the Alpina Smart Time Prize
, turned out to be one of the toughest races in skyrunning’s twenty-year history.

The spectacular location in the land of the midnight sun, of fjords and glaciers 350 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle in Norway, the Tromsø SkyRace® was conceived and organised by skyrunning super stars Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, for once, on the other side of the fence. The event was capped for environmental reasons and was ecologically sustainable in line with the organisers’ and skyrunning philosophy.



Luis Alberto Hernando, winner Alpina Smart Time Prize. Tromso. (c)iancorless.com


In cool and damp conditions with low cloud and little visibility, the tough and technical 45 km course with a gruelling 4,400m vertical climb, started at sea level, summiting two peaks at 1,238m and 1,404m over extremely steep and rocky terrain, all the more treacherous due to the persistent rain.


It was race favourite, Spaniard Luis Alberto Hernando, European and World Champion and new Nepali talent Mira Rai, winner of the Mont-Blanc 80k, both second here, to receive a luxury Alpina Horological Smartwatch.

The surprise race winner was Londoner Jonathan Albon, an obstacle course world champion, racing in his 3rd skyrunning event. The  ladies’ winner was no surprise, with World and European Ultra Champion Emelie Forsberg powering through the driving drizzle to victory,

Luis Alberto Hernando, winner Alpina Smart Time Prize, Tromso. (c)iancorless.com


The Alpina Smart Time Prize however, was not conceived to award the race winners, but to reward the first man and woman passing through the highest point of the race according to their age.

The prize formula is based on timing at the highest point of the course, in this case, Hamperokken at 1,404m altitude. A bonus, together with an exclusive algorithm is given to younger and older competitors, putting everyone at the same level, irrespective of the final race results.

Mira Rai, winner of the Alpina Smart Time Prize, Tromso. (c)iancorless.com


The Alpina Smart Time Prize is the third award in the Skyrunner® World Series, after the Mont-Blanc 80k and the Dolomites SkyRace®.

The Alpina Horological Smartwatch is Official Watch of the Skyrunner® World Series and the European Championships.

Next stop will be the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K on August 22 in Zermatt, Switzerland where, yet again, the Alpina Horological Smartwatch will reward some very special and talented skyrunners.

Alpina Smart Time Prize winners Mira Rai & Luis Alberto Hernando. (c)iancorless.com


Alpina Horological Smartwatch, Offical Watch at the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series and Euopean championships.

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