The Ultra Skyrunning Madeira integrates the 2019 calendar Skyrunner® World Series and the Vertical Kilometer Circuit of ISF – International Federation Skyrunning.
The race places the island of Madeira into the Skyrunning world, as part of a restricted range of races in the Ultra distance which constitute the World Tour of the modality.
Ultra Skyrunning Madeira | www.madeiraskyrunning.com
Santana is a northern municipality of Madeira Island, renowned since 2011 as World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is known by the typical A-thatched houses, symbol of Madeira and Portugal and offers a wide variety of surroundings such as the laurel forest, mountainous areas surrounding Pico Ruivo and São Jorge hills and the outstanding cliffs of the north of the island. The event will promote the potential of the natural areas of Santana for sports practice, particularly for the technical race of high difficulty, including the touristic potential of footpaths, fauna and flora, culture and traditions of the municipality. The modality of technical race of difficulty on the skyrunning front, has been growing exponentially in all countries of the world particularly in Italy and France. This sport activity was created in the early 90’s, establishing new records of ascents and races in Monte Branco and Monte Rosa. In 1993, with the support of the multinational Fila, the skyrunning modality started a circuit that ran through some of the mountains around the world, as Himalayas, Monte Kenya and the Mexican volcanoes.
With the aim of reaching a largest number of participants, the event comprises four races of different distances:
From 31 May to 01 June 2019, we intend to live the true spirit of skyrunning in Santana, providing a unique sport challenge, going from the sea levels up to the highest mountains of Madeira.
The Madeira Sky Race is a technical mountain race which consists of steep slopes and trails (4121 D+), a highly technical degree competition within the field of Skyrunning sports.
This race is comprised of some passages which required technical climbing expertise of grade 2 set in a mountain scenery, surrounded both by mountainous and sea cliffs landscapes. The distinct natural landscapes, combined with the diversified biodiversity and geodiversity resources that embodies this race are some of the features that makes Santana one of the most spectacular locations for this sort of sporting event.
The race will take place on June 1, 2019, starting at 06:00 am.
Madera Sky Race Profile | www.madeiraskyrunning.com
The Santana Vertical Kilometer® (SVK), integrated in the Vertical Kilometer World Circuit, starts near the Vale da Lapa at an altitude of about 780m, in the heart of the Laurissilva forest, a Natural World Heritage Site of Mankind.
The entire course takes place within the Madeira Natural Park, inside protected ecosystems areas that are part of the Natura 2000 Network, an ecological network that has the objective to contribute for ensuring biodiversity through the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora in the European Union.
The final part of the route consists of a very technical and demanding climb that culminates in an emblematic point called Encumeada Alta (1785m), in the central mountain, from where you can enjoy superb panoramic landscapes on the highest peaks of the island.
The course has an extension of 4.8 kilometers with 1003m of positive gradient, where participants can contemplate the splendid and particular views of Madeira Island and feel what nature has of most beautiful.
The race SVK will take place on June 1, 2018, at 9:00 AM.
Santana Vertical Kilometer® | www.madeiraskyrunning.com
The Santana Sky Race is a skyrunning experience that challenges you to climb up the outstanding mountainous sceneries of the village of Santana, in a competition that goes from 400 up to 1600 meters above sea level.
This competition has as main stage a mountainous ground surrounded by magnificent sceneries which will lead you up to the highest summit of this race at Achada do Teixeira, passing through agricultural terraces and forestry parks along the heart of the luscious Laurel forest, nominated world natural heritage by UNESCO, an area located between Pico das Pedras and Queimadas.
This multifaceted technical terrain race is comprised by steep slopes and trails that involve abrupt ascents and descents turning it into an exciting competition that invites you to overcome this intermediate degree race that has as starting and finishing point the Santana Town Hall.
The SSR race will take place on June 2, 2018, starting at 10:00 AM.
Santana Sky Race | www.madeiraskyrunning.com
Discover the natural landscapes of Santana engaging a walking challenge at your own pace. The Laurissilva Sky Race is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a unique event, and to explore places of rare beauty, where nature, and particularly the Laurel forest and the surrounding countryside settings, are some of the highlights of this one of a kind experience.
Starting at 700 mts above sea level passing through the area of Pico das Pedras, located at the heart of the Queimadas Forestry Park area (960mts), and along the Levada da Silveira, this engaging sporting race finishing line is at Santana Town Hall.
The MSR race will start at 11:30 AM on the June 2, 2018.
Laurissilva Sky Race | www.madeiraskyrunning.com
Thursday, May 30th 2019
18:00 Briefing for all the participants in the event – Hotel/Restaurant Quinta do Furão
19:00 PASTA PARTY – Hotel/Restaurant Quinta do Furão
Friday, May 31st 2019
07:15 Gathering of the participants at the car parking of Hotel/Restaurant Quinta do Furão
07:45 Start of transport of the athletes from Hotel Quinta do Furão to the start point – Ilha (mandatory for all participants)
09:00 Start of the first participants of Santana Vertical Kilometer®
13:00 Start of transport of the participants from Achada do Teixeira to Hotel/Restaurant Quinta do Furão
14:30 Prize Giving Ceremony – Hotel/Restaurant Quinta do Furão
Saturday, June 1st 2019
05:00 Opening of the Event Center at the Santana Town Hall
06:00 Start of the Madeira Sky Race – MSR 55km
10:00 Start of the Santana Sky Race – SSR 21km
11:40 Arrival of the first athletes
12:45 Start of transport to the start point – Pico do Eixo for those athletes who’ve booked in advanced
14:00 Start of the Laurisssilva Sky Race – 13 km
20:00 Prize Giving Ceremony of the MSR, SSR and LSR races – Center of the Event
Distribution of racing support kit material
May 28th 2019 14:00 – 20:00 Secretariat – Santana Town Hall
May 29th 2019 10:00 – 20:00 Secretariat – Santana Town Hall
May 30th 2019 10:00 – 20:00 Secretariat – Santana Town Hall
May 31st 2019 10:00 – 20:00 Secretariat – Santana Town Hall
There will be no distribution of racing support kit material in the day the race, with the exception of dully authorized situations.
Distribution of the Kit Finisher and Drop Bags
June 01st 2019 16:30-20:30 Secretariat – Santana Town Hall
1. Romeu Gouveia in 00:42:30; 2. Ferran Teixidó in 00:42:40; 3. Joan Marceló in 00:43:17
1. Jonathan Albon in 05:47:57; 2. André Jonsson in 05:54:43; 3. Dmitry Mityaev in 05:56:20
1. Romeu Gouveia in 02:16:22; 2. Américo Caldeira in 02:19:01; 3. Joan Marceló in 02:20:50
1. Anna Frost in 02:46:49; 2. Alba Xandri in 02:54:32; 3. Vanda Santos in 03:01:57
1. Emanuel Freitas in 01:06:15; 2. Nelson Afonso in 01:09:44; 3. Flávio Vieira in 01:09:45
1. Romana Mrazkova in 01:25:26; 2. Telma Alves in 01:34:04; 3. Tania Costa in 01:35:18