The Snowdon Skyrace has become a late addition to the 2021 Skyrunner World Series.
The event in Wales, which is scheduled for October 3, will be the first UK race to feature as part of the sport's premier global series since 2018.
The challenging Snowdon Skyrace, part of the Snowdon Skyline weekend, will be the 12th fixture of the 14-race series.
Seana Forbes, Skyrunner World Series representative, said: “We have been searching for a new UK Skyrunner World Series race. The UK has a strong skyrunning community and many locations suitable to host a event at World Series level. That’s why we are thrilled to now add Snowdon Skyrace® to the 2021 calendar. The course has all the characteristics it needs to become a new favourite - scrambling, ridges, steep climbs and technical descents, and let’s not forget the weather - we know that skyrunners love the harsh British conditions. Myself and the Skyrunner® World Series team can’t wait to be back in the UK this October and we hope this announcement gives our fans and athletes something more to look forward to this year amongst all the uncertainty."
Race director Michael Jones added: “Since 2018 it has been our goal to host a round of the Skyrunner World Series here in North Wales and show the skyrunning world what Snowdonia has to offer. The route is simply phenomenal, taking in the area’s most iconic ridges and grade-one scrambles. It’s sure to become an international classic and a very worthy addition to the World Series. I’m super-excited by the prospect of the world’s best skyrunners racing over Crib Goch this October!”.
The 2021 series begins is scheduled to begin at Mt Awa in Japan on April 18. Meanwhile, the Limone Skyrace on October 16 is set to complete the calendar.
Entries for the Snowdon Skyline, which is also part of the Skyrunning UK and Ireland Series, are now open.