13-14 July 2019
buffepictrail.com BUFF® Epic Trail
The 2019 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series continues to unfold with a single season ranking, making it fair and simple for all.
In 2019, the BUFF® Epic Trail 42 k will be one of the four races of the 2019 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series known as "SuperSky", which have double points up for grabs and, as a result, will attract the very best athletes.
The ranking will be based on the best results from the four races, of which no more than two can be SuperSky Races, plus the Sky Masters points. Upon conclusion of the Sky Masters, the first male and female competitors with the highest score will be declared the 2019 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series Winner.
The €75,000 end of season bonus pool, equally split between men and women, will be awarded to the top 10 ranked athletes who started at least four races (two of which are Sky Races), and they will participate in the Sky Masters.
Next year we have the good fortune of enjoying one of the four most important Skyrunning races in the world close to home as part of the BUFF® Mountain Festival in Vall de Boí on the weekend of 13 and 14 July 2019.
Saturday, July 13 - Start: 6.00h (Max. 15h)
The BUFF® Epic Trail Vall de Boí is a 65km race with an elevation gain of roughly 5,000 m and similar elevation loss; the route passes around the Aigüestortes National Park. The Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici Lake National Park is one of Spain’s fourteen national parks and the only one in Catalonia. Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, adjoining the Ordesa and Mont Perdut Parks and the French Pyrenees, it povides an excellent picture of the main ecosystems in Catalonia’s high-mountain areas. This one-of-a-kind protected natural area in southern Europe is famous by three thousand meters high peaks, rivers, canyons, wateralls and marshes that make you feel you in a land of water: there are 200 lakes of a variety of shapes and colors and a wide range of plants and animals fighting to survive in a harsh physical environment.
Sunday, July 14 - Start: 8.00h (Max. 9h)
The BUFF® Epic Trail 42KM is a marathon distance race run on a technical and spectacular course including a 2,900 m elevation gain. This circular route goes through peripheral area of the National Park and the mountains that surround the Vall de Boí. The race starts and finishes in Barruera, and can be used for the Skyrunning World Series rankings of the International Skyrunning Federation. Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park is one of Spain’s fourteen national parks and the only one in Catalonia. Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, adjoining the Ordesa and Mont Perdut parks and the French Pyrenees, the park is an excellent representation of the main ecosystems found in Catalonia’s high-mountain areas. This one-of-a-kind protected natural area in southern Europe is characterized by peaks over three thousand meters high; rivers, canyons, waterfalls, and marshes that make you truly feel you are in a land of water; 200 lakes of a variety of shapes and colors and a wide range of plants and animals fighting to survive in a harsh physical environment.
Saturday, July 13 - Start: 8.00h (Max. 7h)
The race starts in Barruera and climbs towards the village of Erill la Vall, with the first kilometer of the course running along a narrow trail that forces runners to fall into place before leading to a fast trail to Erill. With its extremely slight grade this section of the race can be run very quickly. These first kilometers share the course with the Ultra race, but the half marathon continues along the Camí de l’Aigua along a shady path to the intersection with the Montanyeta valley, where the trail begins a fairly straight 500-meter climb with uneven terrain through the forest. At the end of this climb runners will find themselves at the top of valley and will enter high-mountain terrain at 2,000 meters above sea level, running along the Comaminyana valley to the peak of the same name, at 2,619 meters the highest point of the race with spectacular views of the Barrabés, Boí and Sant Nicolau valleys, and famous mountains like Bessiberris, which it feels like you can touch, Punta Alta and Aneto; and, of course, the summit of Roies de Cardet, site of the popular "Vertical Kilometer" race. The course continues from the top of Comaminyana along an open ridge that boasts the same outstanding views, descending to Port de la Gelada (once again along the same course as the Ultra). The trail then continues downhill through high-mountain meadows and an open valley, passing by the Sant Salvador hermitage, and ends back in Barruera, where you pass through the village to reach the finish line. Only two sections of the course are on asphalt: through the village of Erill and at the entrance to Barruera. The rest of the race is ALL run on trails and high-mountain areas, at times without any trails or paths.
Sunday, July 14 - Start: 9.30h (Max. 5h)
The BUFF® Epic Trail 12km is a popular short-distance race that goes through a non-technical and pleasant route, paths without difficulty and with 480m of elevation gain. It consists of a circular itinerary in the lower area of the Vall de Boí. The start and finish line is located in Barruera.
1 - Andreu SIMON AYMERICH; 2 - Raul BUTACI; 3 - Gerard MORALES RAMIREZ
1 - Cristina BES GINESTA; 2 - Roser ESPAÑOL BADA; 3 - Manu VILASECA
1 - Marc PINSACH RUBIROLA; 2 - Finlay WILD; 3 - Miguel CABALLERO ORTEGA
1 - Holly PAGE; 2 - Oihana AZKORBEBEITIA URIZAR; 3 - Maria Mercedes PILA VIRACOCHA
1 - Zach MILLER; 2 - Fernando LÓPEZ DE SAGREDO XICOTA; 3 - Juan Javier JIMENEZ OLLER
1 - Anna CARNÉ MARTINEZ; 2 - Ester CASAJUANA REYES; 3 - Aïda PEREZ MONCHO
More details: buffepictrail.com/race