Franklin Mountains Trail Run Picked for US Skyrunning Ultra Race in 2016
We are happy to be included in the 2016 Ultra Series of the US Skyrunning Series. The Franklin Mountains Trail Run will be a 50k mountain race with between 8-10,000' of climbing. We will open registration for the race after the first of the year. Below is a brief description of the history of Skyrunning and how it is formatted.
(taken from usskyrunning.com)
What is Skyrunning?
With multiple sets of races in the Skyrunning family, here's a simple guide to them all.
Skyrunner® World Series ("SWS") - the foundation of the global Skyrunning movement, with 5 Sky, 5 Ultra and 5 VK events across the world with extremely high levels of competition. Runners score with their best 3 of 5 races from this Series plus 1 more from the new Skyrunning Continental Championships.
Skyrunning Continental Championships ("SCC") - new in 2015 to allow runners to have an extra race locally to count for the SWS points.
Skyrunner® National Series ("SNS") - started in 2014 in multiple countries around the world to extend the concept of Skyrunning for more people to enjoy. Generally the same 5-5-5 format as the SWS with the best 3 of 5 races scoring for the SNS. Some SNS races are also in the SWS and SCC. In the US, the local SNS is the US Skyrunner® Series.
Skyrunning World Championship ("SWC") - occuring every four years, this is the Olympics of the Skyrunning movement. It occurs with multiple disciplines over a single long weekend. The last SWC was at Chamonix in 2014.
History of Skyrunning
“Skyrunning” has been around for some time. Hundreds, even thousands of years ago mountains were negotiated out of necessity: war, religious persecution, hunting, smuggling, or just out of plain old curiosity. The concept of running up and down mountains for fun is much newer. Take for example the Ben Nevis Race which goes back to 1903, or the Pikes Peak Marathon which began as a bet in 1954 among smokers and non smokers.
The idea of creating a sports discipline however was the brainchild of Italian mountaineer Marino Giacometti, who, with a handful of fellow climbers, pioneered records and races on Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa in the Italian Alps in the early ‘90’s. In 1993, with the support of the multinational Fila as sponsor, skyrunning took off across the world’s mountain ranges with a circuit of awe inspiring races stretching from the Himalayas to the Rockies, from Mount Kenya to the Mexican volcanoes. After all, Giacometti’s term skyrunning, as the name suggests, is where earth and sky meet.
Giacometti’s vision didn’t stop there and in 1995 he founded the Federation for Sport at Altitude to address the need for rules to govern the sport and generally manage this fast-growing discipline which today counts some 200 races worldwide with around 30,000 participants from 54 countries.