The Skyrunner World Series has announced 14 races for the 2022 season, including a new two-tier system.
The global circuit of some of the world's most technical mountain races will begin with the Skyrace des Matheysins in France on May 8. The SkyMasters, which acts as the season finale, will take place on Gorbeia Suzien Skyrace in the Basque Country on October 8.
Included this year will be three "tier-two" events: Louzanskyrace, Portugal; Schlegeis 3000 Skyrace, Austria; and Mt Awa Skyrace, Japan.
“The Schlegeis 3000 Skyrace is one of the most technical and demanding Skyraces in Europe and we are delighted to be part of the 2022 Skyrunner World Series calendar with the world's most renowned Skyraces. This allows us to bring our event closer to the best skyrunners in the world”, said Roland Eberl, Schlegeis 3000 Skyrace organiser.
Extra points will be available in tier-one races, which include the established Trofeo Kima in Italy, Tromsø Skyrace, in Norway and the Matterhorn Ultraks EXTREME in Switzerland.
The best runners from the series will be invited to the SkyMasters, where the top athletes will be presented with their prizes. "Gorbeia Suzien, the SkyMasters, will be a race at the highest level," said organiser Jurek Ziemkiewicz. "Having started 10 years ago as a small-town race, our aim was always to get to the SWS and it has been a dream come true. We want to encourage sports in a healthy environment and to value the nature around us."
The top 10 male and female athletes at the SkyMasters will share €15,000 prize money. Meanwhile, the highest-scoring athletes of the season overall will between them scoop €35,000.
Outdoor brand Merrell has been confirmed as the main partner of the Skyrunner World Series for the 2022 season.
08/05 - Skyrace Des Matheysins - Saint-Honoré (FRA) - Tier 1
28/05 - Madeira Skyrace - Santana, Madeira (POR) - Tier 1
29/05 - Mt Awa Skyrace - Sanjo (JPN) - Tier 2
04/06 - Hochkönig Skyrace - Maria Alm (AUT) - Tier 1
25/06 - Minotaur Skyrace - Crowsnest Pass (CAN) - Tier 1
02/07 - Garmin Epic Trail - Vall De Boi (ESP) - Tier 1
23/07 - Schlegeis 3000 Skyrace - Zillertal (AUT) - Tier 2
31/07- Skyrace Comapedrosa - Arinsal (AND) - Tier 1
06/08 - Tromsø Skyrace - Tromsø (NOR) - Tier 1
19/08 - Matterhorn Ultraks « Extreme » - Zermatt (SUI) - Tier 1
28/08 - Trofeo Kima - Val Masino (ITA) - Tier 1
04/09 - Louzanskyrace - Lousã (POR) - Tier 2
24/09 - Pirin Extreme - Bansko (BUL) - Tier 1
08/10 - Gorbeia Suzien - Zeanuri (ESP) - SkyMasters
Main pic: Ultraks Extreme (credit: David Carlier)