Top field set for Livigno Skymarathon

The Migu Run Skyrunner World Series moves on to Italy

The course on Saturday will be amended due to weather conditions (Pic credit: Ian Corless)

The course on Saturday will be amended due to weather conditions (Pic credit: Ian Corless)

Three-time world trail running champion Luis Alberto Hernando leads a stellar line-up for the Livigno Skymarathon in Italy this Saturday.

After finishing only 11th in the defence of his world title on the shorter-than-usual course in Portugal last weekend, the Spaniard hopes to be better suited to the technical route.

Petter Engdahl is back to defend his title on the 34km course with 2700m of height gain, which has been adjusted due to deep snow at the highest levels. He said: “After last year’s race, I really wanted to come back to Livigno. I have spent a lot of time here at training camps so I know the mountains well and I really love it here. What I like most about Livigno is the exposed ridges, long uphills and that you are truly out in the mountains! It's just wild!”

Thibaut Garrivier, who leads the current Skyrunner World Series rankings, aims to stay on top in a field which also includes Oriol Cardona, Ruy Ueda, Jia Erenjia, Daniel Jung and Pablo Villa.

On the women’s side, Elisa Desco will be looking for a home win and trying to build on her victory in the opening leg of this year’s Skyrunner World Series.

Spain’s Sheila Aviles, who was third at the Trail World Championships last weekend, will be among her rivals, while others to watch out for include Oihana Azkorbebeitia, Robyn Owen, Hillary Gerardi and Elena Rukhlyada.

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