Tromsø Skyrace

Pure skyrunning above the Arctic Circle

Tromsø Skyrace, Blåmann Vertical, Hamperokken Skyrace, Tromsdalstinden Skyrace, Bønntuva Skyrace

Tromsø, Norway

August 1.-3. 2019
Tromsø Skyrace, Blåmann Vertical, Hamperokken Skyrace, Tromsdalstinden Skyrace, Bønntuva Skyrace
Kilian Jornet Emelie Forsberg Tromsø Skyrace

Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg

Tromsø Skyrace was started in 2014 by Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg. After spending time in the Tromsø area, the two of them wanted to create a race that followed the soul of sky running. Participants must have a combination of endurance, speed and mountaineering skills and knowledge to complete the course linking technical summits.

Hamperokken Skyrace (57 km), Official Race of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series, will be held on Saturday, August 3rd. The route has long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain on the Hamperokken ridge, off trail sections on loose rocky parts in Tromsdalstind and off trail forest sections on the lower parts and snow fields on the summits. The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors, who are familiar with navigating technical mountain terrain.

Tromsdalstind Skyrace (32 km) will also take place on Saturday, August 3rd 2019. The race follows the same course as the Hamperokken Skyrace to the summit of the iconic Tromsdalstind (1238 m.a.s.). The course is less technical than the Hamperokken Skyrace, but still provides a variation of soft trail, open terrain, rocking terrain and a scenic ridge.

Bønntuva Skyrace (15 km) will also be held on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. The race follows the first 7,5 km of both the Hamperokken og Tromsdalstind races, before turning around on the summit of Bønntuva. The course follows popular trails and provides great views of the mountains, sea, and the city of Tromsø. This race is a great introduction to mountain running and can be done as a race, or as a hike together with friends.

Blåmann Vertical will take place on Thursday August 1st, 2019 at 6:00 PM. The race will again be a part of the Vertical Kilomenter World Circuit. The races starts by the sea and climbs to the summit of Blåmann, one of the most iconic peaks on Kvaløya. The course consists of some trail, but mostly rocky terrain and some scrambling.

Hamperokken Skyrace

Hamperokken Skyrace has a technical course that links the summits of Tromsdalstind (1238 m) and Hamperokken (1404 meters). The race is part of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series, and has everything Skyrunning can offer with a mixture of technical terrain and trails, an impressive amount of vertical, and steep, technical descents.

57 km – 4800 m elevation

4 aid stations: Fjellheisen (km 5 and 52), Breivikeidet (km 17 and 30)

The aid stations will provide fruit, cookies and chocolate/candy. Cheese, sausage and other salty foods will be available at Breivikeidet. Water will be provided, but there are no cups. You will only be able to fill your own cup/bottle that you carry with you.

Detailed description of the course:

The race starts and finishes by the sea in Tromsø’s city center at Clarion Hotel The Edge. The first 3km follows the streets and over the bridge to the mainland. By the edge of the city, the first climb starts on a good trail that brings you up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) at 420 m.a.s.. Now above the tree line, terrain is mainly meadows patched with rocky areas. The next 8km are easy to run, very enjoyable, ups and downs (between 400 and 750hm) along smooth contour. You will pass the summit of Bønntuva, where the Bønntuva Skyrace turns around. In the next valley there is a small river crossing by the lake. This is the last place to fill water before arriving on the other side of Tromsdalstind. It is highly recommended to fill water bottles here! There will be path most of the time on this section, but be aware of the flags as the trails disappear in some areas. At the start of the final climb to the summit of Tromsdalstind, the trail becomes steeper and rockier, with some loose, uneven terrain. You will follow the ridge to the summit of Tromsdalstind (1238h m.a.s.). On a clear day you will have an amazing overview of the whole race from the summit of Tromsdalstinden, specially of the imposing Hamperokken (your next goal for the day) right to the southeast.

The first part of the downhill from Tromsdalstind is steep and there are a lot of loose rocks and mud. This is one of the places where you should prioritize safety over speed. After the first 200-300 meters of vertical, the downhill becomes a pleasant, nice grade with friendly ground and some river crossings. At tree line the trail then descends steeply, and it can be muddy and slippery here. Down in the valley, the track is completely flat for a whole kilometer until the aid station by the road crossing. Once you have refilled, it’s time to start your way up to Hamperokken. You will cross a river before the ascent starts, and this is the last water before you come down from the summit. The trail up to the ridge is well used and easy to follow up, but keep in mind, there is a 1000 meter ascent here! The ridge starts from the summit of “Middagsaksla”. Hamperokken’s ridge can feel exposed in many places, but the rock is actually quite firm and the marked-trail will be wide enough for the runners to move safely. You will need to use your hands to scramble some areas, specially the last pitch before the summit (some fixed ropes will be set). By following the flags and keeping yourself aware, reaching the summit will not present any problems. If you have experience and feel comfortable in this kind of terrain, it will be an astonishing experience. The first part of the descent is down a steep slope with lots of loose stones in the top 200m. The terrain then turns into a large talus field that you will navigate along the lake and down to almost tree line. Just below tree line, you will join the same trail you ascended earlier and follow this to the aid station. After refueling, you will continue on across the valley and up to the summit of Tromdsalstind via the same route you descended earlier.

The descent from Tromsdalstind back towards the city follows the popular hiking trail, but it is still steep and rocky. At the base of the steep, rocky ridge, you make a sharp left turn onto a beautiful plateau. Here you are treated to soft terrain and some easy going before descending to the valley. After joining a dirt road down for a few hundred meters, you will then take a sharp right turn and start the last ascent up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) again. It might not look impressive at first, but the steady uphill that you will need to deal with for the next 4km can be grueling. It’s a wide path and it never gets steep, but rolls up and down, gradually gaining elevation. Once you are on the top of the cable car you will find the last aid station. Here the bendy, fun track will lower you back to town. Then you only have to cross the bridge and follow the streets and wharf along the city center to get to the finish line at The Edge.

Tromsdalstind Skyrace

Tromsdalstind Skyrace follows the same course as the Hamperokken Skyrace to the summit of the iconic Tromsdalstind (1238 m.a.s.). The course is less technical than the Hamperokken Skyrace, but still provides a variation of soft trail, open terrain, rocking terrain and a scenic ridge.

32 km – 2000 m elevation

2 aid stations: Fjellsheisen (km 5 and km 27)

The aid station will provide fruit, cookies and chocolate/candy. Water will be provided, but there are no cups. You will only be able to fill your own cup/bottle that you carry with you.

Detailed description of the course:

The race starts and finishes by the sea in Tromsø’s city center at Clarion Hotel The Edge. The first 3km follows the streets and over the bridge to the mainland. By the edge of the city, the first climb starts on a good trail that brings you up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) at 420 m.a.s.. Now above the tree line, terrain is mainly meadows patched with rocky areas. The next 8km are easy to run, very enjoyable, ups and downs (between 400 and 750hm) along smooth contour. You will pass the summit of Bønntuva, where the Bønntuva Skyrace turns around. In the next valley there is a small river crossing by the lake. This is the last place to fill water before arriving on the other side of Tromsdalstind. It is highly recommended to fill water bottles here! There will be path most of the time on this section, but be aware of the flags as the trails disappear in some areas. At the start of the final climb to the summit of Tromsdalstind, the trail becomes steeper and rockier, with some loose, uneven terrain. You will follow the ridge to the summit of Tromsdalstind (1238h m.a.s.). On a clear day you will have an amazing overview of the entire Tromsø-region. You will be able to see the Lyngen penninsula to the East, and the mountains islands surrounding Tromsø to the North and West. There is also a good view back to the city of Tromsø.

The descent from Tromsdalstind back towards the city follows the popular hiking trail, but it is still steep and rocky. At the base of the steep, rocky ridge, you make a sharp left turn onto a beautiful plateau. Here you are treated to soft terrain and some easy going before descending to the valley. After joining a dirt road down for a few hundred meters, you will then take a sharp right turn and start the last ascent up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) again. It might not look impressive at first, but the steady uphill that you will need to deal with for the next 4km can be grueling. It’s a wide path and it never gets steep, but rolls up and down, gradually gaining elevation. Once you are on the top of the cable car you will find the last aid station. Here the bendy, fun track will lower you back to town. Then you only have to cross the bridge and follow the streets and wharf along the city center to get to the finish line at The Edge.

Bønntuva Skyrace

Bønntuva Skyrace is an introduction to the concept of skyrunning. You can enjoy the course as a racer, or as a hiking tour to enjoy and the beauty of the mountains of Tromsø.

15 km – 800 m elevation

2 aid stations: Fjellheisen (5 km and 10 km)

The aid station will provide fruit, cookies and chocolate/candy. Water will be provided, but there are no cups. You will only be able to fill your own cup/bottle that you carry with you.

Detailed description of the course:

The race starts and finishes by the sea in Tromsø’s city center at Clarion Hotel The Edge. The first 3km follows the streets and over the bridge to the mainland. By the edge of the city, the first climb starts on a good trail that brings you up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) at 420 m.a.s.. The trail follows a more gradual route than the most popular trail via the Sherpa steps. There is an aid station at the Fjellheisen. Once above the tree line, terrain is mainly meadows patched with rocky areas. From the cable car you ascend to the summit cairn by “Fløya”. The course then drops slightly before climbing gradually to the summit of Bønntuva. Here you will loop around the large cairn, and then head back the same way. The run down from Bønntuva, Fløya and the cable car can be great fun as the terrain is open or soft path. If you are not aiming for speed, then the views of Tromsdalstind on one side, and the city of Tromsø on the other side, are very impressive. You can also enjoy a full panorama of the island of Kvaløya and the many peaks surrounding Tromsø. You will return to the finish by the same route as the ascent. Your last “hill” will be the climb over the bridge, before following the streets and shoreline to finish at The Edge Hotel.

Blåmann Vertical

Blåmann Vertical starts at the sea and climbs directly to the 1044 m summit of Blåmann, the highest summit on Kvaløya island. Just 20 minutes from Tromso, the summit is iconic, and the north face is one of the most famous climbing walls Northern Norway.

The race is a part of the Vertical Kilometer World Circuit.

2.7km – 1044m elevation

The start is at Blåmann parking. It is about a 20 minute drive from Tromso. A bus will take the runners from Tromsø (Hotel The Edge) to the start and back.

Hamperokken Skyrace Results 2018

1. Albon Jonathan Team Gore/VJ Sport in 07h 04min 06ses; 2. Pure Aurell Team Merrel in 07h 28min 56sec; 3. Andy Symonds Team Scott Running in 07h 32min 54sec.

1. Hillary Gerardi Team Scarps/Compressport in 08h 14min 09sec; 2. Ragna Debats Team Merrell in 08h 27min 13sec; 3. Brittany Peterson Team Nike Trailrunning in 08h 40min 38sec

Blåmann Vertical Results 2018

1.Eirik Dagssonn Haugsnes Team IL Pioner Friidret in 39min 46sec; 2. Ferran Teixidò Team FAM in 39min 52sec; 3. Daniele Felicetti Team Predazzo in 40 min 34sec.

1. Therese Sjursen Team Lasportiva Norway in 48min 04sec; 2. Silje Hersen Team Fristelse Bakeri og Konditori AS in 48min 29sec; 3. Anna Svendsen Team tromso Skiklubb Lengrenn in 50min 17sec

Tromsdalstind Skyrace Results 2018

1. Eirik Dagssonn Haugsnes Team IL Pioner Friidret in 02h 58min 01sec; 2. Snorri Einarsson Team Oksskolten Idrettslag in 03h 05min 10min; 3. Eddy Nani Team Tornado in 03h 06min 29sec.

1. Arja Arnesen Team Kvaloysletta in 03h 26min 17sec; 2. Sylvia Nordskar Team PwC in 03h 38min 13sec; 3. Mirjam Saarheim Team Lafoten Triatlonklubb Ultra in 03h 48min 21sec.

Bontuva Tour Race Results 2018

1. Vilabella Puig Team Bul-Tromso Friidrett in 01h 24min 53sec; 2. Bjorn Thomas Nygaard Team Burfjord IL in 01h 26min 21sec; 3. Joan Freixa Marcelò Team Berga in 01h 26min 54sec

1. Alba Xandri Suets Team Matxacuca in 01h 42min 11sec; 2. Jenny Eriksson Team OK Kare in 01h 45min 07sec; 3. Silje Theodorsen Team Kvaloysletta Sportklubb in 01h 45min 48sec.


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