The Skyrunning Oceana Championships will take place in Australia on April 12 and 13 featuring both the Sky and the Ultra disciplines at Mt Buffalo in Victoria’s Alpine country.
The Buffalo Stampede SkyMarathon kicks off the events with the sixth edition of this highly popular race over 42 km and 2,003m vertical climb. The records to beat are by Vajin Armstrong in 4h03’04” and Kellie Emmerson in 4h36’33”.
David Byrne, ISF Member for Australia and New Zealand, says, “The Buffalo Stampede is the perfect venue for a major event like the Oceania Championships. The courses are really challenging and highlight the unique features of Alpine Australia. The race directors pride themselves on not only creating epic events, but also highly professional organisation that makes it a world class experience.”
The Buffalo Stampede Ultra SkyMarathon covers 75 km with a tough 4,654m vertical climb. The standing records are by Dakota Jones in 7h48’03”and Landie Greyling in 9h40’42”.
Introducing the first Skyrunning S America Championships, they will be held in Brazil on July 12 and 13 with two Ultra Maratona Dos Perdidos events, celebrating the Sky and Ultra disciplines.
The 45 km Sky distance features a 2,900m vertical climb. Records stand at 5h01’19” by Rogerio Silvestrin and 6h08’24” by Leticia Saltori.
The new Ultra was specifically designed for the Championships to fit skyrunning parameters: 80 km long with a demanding 4,100m vertical climb in the South East of the country.
Brazilian skyrunner and race spokesman, Rafael Aquino Leal, comments, “The first Skyrunning South America Championships head to the dark-grey clay lands of Tijucas do Sul. It’s the eighth edition of the Perdidos events and we are very excited to bring athletes from all over South America for this great challenge on one of our coldest mountains.
“Athletes will face cold winds and wet weather crossing the difficult and muddy “tijuco” soil, with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain through the ‘Serra do Mar’,” added Aquino Leal.
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SKYRUNNING CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – These competitions are governed by specific regulations. The competitions are open. National teams are ranked in the Continental Championships. All team members should have the nationality of the country they represent.
GENERAL – The Continental Championships are open. Individual medals and titles will be awarded to the champions in each category. Nations will be ranked counting only official team members. National teams from countries without full ISF membership may participate at the discretion of the ISF Board. A registration fee set by the ISF is payable. The ISF rules and regulations must be strictly adhered to. Only one team will be allowed per nation. All team members must be of the nationality of the country they represent.
NATIONAL RANKING – The athletes of each country must be declared on the relevant ISF form at the beginning of the Championships and updated only for registering new members at least 12 hours before each race. After registering with the ISF, entry must be made direct with the individual race organiser in compliance with the rules of that race.
REGISTRATION – Skyrunners with dual nationality must select one nationality to represent at the beginning of each season.
INDIVIDUAL POINTS SYSTEM – Each race will assign points based on the winning men’s/women’s results according to the “Ranking points breakdown: 100-88-78-72-68-66-64-62-60-58-56-54-52-50 down to 2 points and down to the 40th position for men and women”.
SPECIAL CASES – If two competitions forming the Continental Championship are not the same discipline (Vertical Kilometer® + SkyRace® for example), the title of “Continental Vertical Kilometer® Championship” and “Continental SkyRace® Championship” (individual, team, or both), will be awarded. Only venues with more than one discipline may award the “Combined” title.
NATIONAL OFFICIAL TEAMS POINTS SYSTEM – A team ranking system will be adopted based on the individual points accrued by the top four athletes (at least one per gender) only in the Continents where all disciplines are disputed.
TITLES – At the conclusion of the Championships the first male and female competitors with the highest score will be declared “Skyrunning Champion”. The national team with the highest score will be declared “Skyrunning Continental Champion Team”.
AWARDS – At the conclusion of the Continental Championships the first three ranked men and women will receive, in order, gold, silver and bronze medals.
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