September 29th and 30th 2018
The SALOMON ULTRA PIRINEU® 2018 is the penultimate race of the SKY EXTRA inside the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series and the last race of ULTRA SERIES inside the Skyrunner® Nacional Series (Spain, Portugal and Andorra), organized by Pangea Attitude SL and the Sports Association “Mountain Runners del Berguedà”. The event will take place on 29th and 30th of September 2018, with departure and arrival at Bagà (Barcelona), and most of its course running through the Natural Park of Cadí Moixeró, in the Pyrenees. SALOMON ULTRA PIRINEU® 2018 awards 5 qualifying points for Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (according to the new scoring System).
SALOMON ULTRA PIRINEU 2018 is an Skyrunner® Word Series ultra endurance race. The 110 Km mountain run with 6.800m positive gain is held on the magnificent Cadí Moixeró Natural Park, with start and finish in Bagà (Barcelona).
Salomon Ultra Pirineu | start
For Russian Ekaterina Mityaeva it was a dream come true, winning her first Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series race after four years of competing. For the men’s winner, local Jessed Hernandez, it was a repeat victory after winning the race exactly ten years ago. The Salomon Ultra Pirineu is the longest on the circuit and represents the semi-final of the eight-race Sky Extra category. Overall, 1,099 runners toed the start-line in the early morning darkness of the small medieval town of Bagà in the Spanish Pyrenees yesterday. The 110 km course with a colossal 6,800m of vertical climb was the formidable challenge ahead which ended, for most, deep into the night. With everyone safely past the finish line, the prize ceremony took place this morning to celebrate the winners.
Ekaterina Mityaeva on her way to realising her dream at Salomon Ultra Pirineu. ©Guillem Casanova
After leading for an incredible 100 km, Moroccan Zaid Ait-Malek gave in to the pressure from Hernandez who closed, victorious, in 12h35’36”. “I was in control until Pas dels Gosolans (km 65). This is were I live so I know the race well and I felt mentally really strong,” commented Hernandez. “When I overtook Zaid at km 100 I knew I could do it. Winning here after 10 year at home? I can’t describe it. I ran with the names of my two 7-month old babies on my bib and to have them at the finish line is one of my best experiences ever!” Ait-Malek, just five minutes later, was disappointed with another second place after 2015. “I started easy and after km 40 I pushed. I took the lead at 55 and I thought that it was my day, my big chance, but in the last 15 km I had problems, I couldn’t go descend well and Jessed passed me. I feel some bitterness but I am also proud of the result.” Closing the podium was Spaniard Jordi Gamito in 13h01’23”. The long tough race saw several race favourites pull out including Russian Dmitry Mityaev who placed second last year and was in the lead group until km 65.
Second was Poland’s Magdalena Laczac who finished nearly 45’ later. “I had a different plan for this race but problems with my stomach changed everything today. If I had tried to push faster I would have had to give up. I am happy because it was very good to finish and be second.” Third woman was Spaniard Roser Espanol in 16h31’35”.
1a Ekaterina Mityaeva (15:12:24)
2a Magdalena Laczak (15:56:52)
3a Roser Español (16:31:55)
Since 2015, the Mityaev couple have been a constant figure on the Skyrunner® World Series with Mityaev winning his first race at High Trail Vanoise earlier this season. In 2016 Ekaterina Mityaeva moved up to the Ultra distance, crowning her debut here with a fourth place and an excellent third last year. Today, she was on the top slot of the podium and on top of the world. “For me it’s so amazing, I can’t believe I did it. The woman from Poland is very strong and I thought she could win. But today is my day!” she exclaimed. Her time was 15h12’24”.
1r Jessed Hernandez (12:35:36)
2n Zaid Ait Malek (12:40:26)
3r Jordi Gamito (13:01:23)
Top 3 men | Salomon Ultra Pirineu
The records, set in 2015 by Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg in 12h03’27 and 13h39’33” remain intact.
1a Íngrid Ruiz (05.09.10)
2a Laurence Santanac (05.12.00)
3a Mila Duran (05.17.37)
Íngrid Ruiz; Laurence Santanac; Mila Duran | Salomon Ultra Pirineu
1r Pablo Villa (03.54.36)
2n Aritz Egea (03.59.47)
3r Miguel Caballero (04.01.37)
Pablo Villa; Aritz Egea; Miguel Caballero | Salomon Ultra Pirineu
They have been organized:
Ultra Pirineu, Pirate marathon, Half, Night Pirineu, XS Pyrenees
For three days, the Cadí Moixeró has been the world epicenter of the trail running and will bring together some of the best athletes with the celebration of the Salomon Ultra Pirineu.
The ULTRA PIRINEU 2018 SALOMON is a distance Ultra distance test for the Skyrunner® Word Series, with 110km of distance and a positive elevation of 6,800m that go through the incomparable setting of the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park, with exit and arrival in Bagà.
The PIRINEU MARATHON 2018 is a high mountain race in semi-autonomy, with 2,400m of positive elevation that runs 45km away within the framework of the Cadí Moixeró natural park.
The NIGHT PYRENEES 2018 is a 860m vertical vertical nightfall that runs 5km away between the La Molina ski area (telecabin zone) and the refuge of the Niu de l'Àliga (2,537m).
On Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. the runners at NIT PIRINEU, once passed by the arrival, will be able to use the La Molina Telecabina free of charge to get off to the exit point and enjoy a botifarrada (optional) at the Self-Service station of La Molina.
The youngest ones have also bexperimented the Ultra Pirineo experience participating in the XS PIRINEU. The Trail of the Mountain Runners del Berguedà Sports Association, the "Friends of Athletics of Bagà", with the collaboration of Bagà City Council, organize the Pirineu XS, the children's version of the Ultra Pirineu.
More details: www.ultrapirineu.com