|An iconic line-up for an iconic mountain – Matterhorn Ultraks 46K|
The line-up for the fourth Sky Series race is as iconic as the Matterhorn itself. Participating in the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K Salomon’s Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg lead the celebrity cast, co-starring Spain’s Luis Alberto Hernando and skyrunning world champions Tofol Castanyer and Oihana Kortazar.
From Germany: Philipp Reiter (Salomon), recovered from his recent injury and Florian Reichert.(Arc’teryx). Italy’s offering includes Silvia Serafini (Salomon Agisko), Tadei Pivk (Crazy Idea) and Nicola Gollinelli (Arc’teryx). From France, Nicolas Pianet, (New Balance) Michel Lanne (Salomon), Didier Zago (Arc’teryx) and Clovis Moreynas (adidas).
Spain represents the strongest skyrunning movement worldwide and after the recent gold medals and titles at the European Skyrunning Championships, the Spaniards will be present here with no less than three teams.
Among the top names to look out for, apart from Oihana (Salomon Santiveri), are Jokin Lizeaga and Javi Olabarria (Euskal Team); Just Sociats, Ragna Debats, Marc Pinsach and Laia Andreu from the Catalan Team (FEEC). The Diedre-Maxacuca Team will participate with no less than seven of their best runners.
A number of élite runners participating at Ultraks will cross the Atlantic the week before to take part in the Pikes Peak Marathon. Taking on the back-to-back Sky Series double are FEEC runners Laia and Ragna, together with Oscar Casal Mir (Andorra) and Japan’s Dai Matsumoto (Hagloffs).
More than 700 runners are already entered with still over two weeks left before race day, even more are anticipated.
The launch of the first Ultraks 46K couldn’t have got off to a better start with an incredibly strong field in both men’s and women’s categories. The 46 km course, designed with the help of top runners, takes on a tough 3,600m of ascent and descent in what can only be described as one of the world’s most breath-taking locations.
The famous Gornergrat observation station marks the highest point of the race at 3,100m altitude, which overlooks the Grenz Glacier and Monte Rosa, Europe’s second highest summit. The entire course is overshadowed by the iconic Matterhorn peak. In the days leading up to the race, conditions permitting, Kilian Jornet will attempt the record up and down the mountain from the Italian side, seeking to beat Bruno Brunod’s 3h14’ round-trip record set in 1995.
Ultraks ambassadors Dawa Sherpa, Laetitia Roux and Martin Anthamatten will be there to welcome everybody to the events. Martin will race the 46K and news of Dawa’s recovery from injury will also confirm his participation.
Lifts, trains and helicopters can take spectators and supporters to the most spectacular view points to follow the race – an unforgettable experience.