The greatest show in the Skyrunning world returns to one of its most beautiful and grandest settings. From 9 to 12 July, Vall de Boí and the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park will be the setting for the forthcoming edition of the World Skyrunning Championships as part of the BUFF® Mountain Festival.
The first edition of the championship was held in 1998 in Cervinia and the highlight was the summit of the Breithorn at 4,164 metres. On that occasion, the honour of the top prize went to Bruno Brunod. From him and his contemporaries Marino Giacometti and Fabio Meraldi, to other names who have also been crowned world champion at past editions, including Kilian Jornet, Laura Orgué, Luis Alberto Hernando, Maite Maiora, Stian Angermund-Vik, Caroline Chaverot, Marco de Gasperi, Jonathan Albon, Ragna Debats… the streets of Barruera await those set to compete in a historic event. However, there are still a few months to go to see who will come out on top in the Ultra-Memorial Joan Rojas (68K – 5,000+), the Sky Marathon (42K – 2,800+) and the Vertical Kilometer (2.8K – 1,000+) disciplines, both individually and as a team. Without a doubt, the BUFF® Epic Trail event will be the perfect mix of mountaineering and competition, an event that will no doubt go down in history, offering technical races that bring together the best mountain racers on the planet and the true spirit of Skyrunning: skill, speed and endurance.
BUFF® MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
The BUFF® Mountain Festival is much more than just running, however. The combination of sport, family and mountains is key to an event with backing from the international brand BUFF®, now in its third edition. Mountain biking, rafting, paragliding, Nordic walking, canyoning, concerts, mountain films, activities for the youngest members of the family, yoga, and orienteering workshops or via ferrata, among other activities, comprise a programme in which this year more than ever the Skyrunning World Championships will be its main attraction.
The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is a land of lakes; Barruera, a magical village in the Vall de Boí that will become the epicentre of international Skyrunning for several days. Port de Gelada and Port de Rus – hills used for centuries by shepherds and the valley’s inhabitants with views of mountaintops standing over 3,000 metres tall – will witness fleeting appearances from the fittest mountain runners in the world.
Let’s get this show on the road!