There’s now just one day to go before the 2016 Skyrunning World Championships, where South Africa’s skyrunning star Lucky Miya will be competing in the BUFF® Epic Trail Aigüestortes 42km in the Vall de Boi in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Kicking off at 9:30am South African Standard Time on Saturday, the SkyMarathon® is a challenging extremely technical point-to-point route with 3,200m vertical gain, and a nine-hour time limit. Participants will hale from 35 countries, and race entries were capped at 500 participants.
International Skyrunning Federation’s vice president Lauri van Houten predicts that across all the weekend’s three skyrunning disciplines (Vertical KM, SkyMarathon and the 105km Ultra SkyMarathon), the highly competitive Spanish athletes are likely to excel on their home ground, but that stiff competition will be coming from other countries across the world.
Miya will be up against top skyrunning pedigree, such as Marc & Oscar Casal Mir (Andorra), Blake Hose (Austria), Manuel Merillas (Spain), Pablo Villa (Spain, Jessed Hernandez (Spain ), Alexis Sevennec (France), Tom Owens (UK), Dai Matsumoto (Japan), Marcin Swierc (Poland), Artem Rostovstev (Russia) and Pascal Egli (Switzerland).
The women’s race will be just as hotly contended, with the likes of Katrine Villumsen (Denmark), Maite Maiora (Spain), Oihana Kortazar (Spain), Paola Cabrerizo (Spain), Azara Garcia (Spain), Marta Molist (Spain), Ragna Debats (Netherlands), Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) and Ida Nilsson (Sweden) vying for top spots.
Proudly sponsored by K-Way and Cape Union Mart, Miya will be flying the South African skyrunning flag high, and no doubt running his usual carefully strategised pace for a strong finish.