|SWS final – Kinabalu count-down|
The Skyrunner® World Series season will conclude on Sunday, October 14 in Malaysia with the final of the SkyMarathon® combined title at stake and plenty of action in store. Leading the ranking, Kilian Jornet needs only a third place to take his fourth well-deserved world champion title.
The battle for second place will be between Tom Owens, currently ranked second and Luis Alberto Hernando, 2011 reigning world champ. Marco De Gasperi, Kilian’s sparring partner and past winner here is sadly absent due to injury.
The big action will be in the women’s field with no less than five out of the top eight ranked ladies racing. The world title however, lies open to just four of them: Emelie Forsberg and Blanca Maria Serrano, ranked first and second, have points to discard while Italy’s new young star Silvia Serafini and the mighty Nuria Picas, recent winner at Cavalls del Vent, will ensure sparks fly.
The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon has represented a landmark skyrunning event since 2004, on many occasions representing the final, a World Series main race and, in 2011, the Skyrunner® SuperCup.
A major course change this year will mean the famous summit will not feature in the new race, which starts in Kinabalu Park at 1,563m, rises steeply to 2,760m in just eight kilometres, to descend to the small town of Kundasang on the other side of the mountain for a total distance of 23 km.
Let the Climbathon count-down begin!