The U.S. Skyrunner Series will include 19 races in 2015.
The competitive trail running scene has been taken up a few notches in the U.S. in the past several years and next year that trend will continue.
Building on the success of the inaugural U.S. Skyrunner Series of 2014, the series that was spawned from the Skyrunner World Series is expanding to 19 U.S. races with $50,000 in prize money across three disciplines in 2015.
U.S. series director Ian Sharman says top-level runners will have the opportunity to run Euro-style races without traveling overseas and experience some of the most beautiful races in the U.S. While the focus is largely on the competitive aspects of the races, all trail runners will appreciate the challenging courses and breathtaking views these races offer, he says.
“Trail running has been growing fast across the world in recent years and Skyrunning is especially popular due to the epic nature of the races,” Sharman says. “The variety and quality of races across the U.S. trail scene keeps improving every year, and Skyrunning offers yet another option to runners.”
In all, the U.S. Skyrunner Series will include 450 miles of racing and more than 150,000 feet of vertical gain. The majority of the races have been created or adjusted specifically for the U.S. Skyrunner Series, broadening the scope of competitive and spectacular Skyrunning races globally. The Ultra Series has a $5,000 first prize for the series winners, while individual winners in Ultra and Sky races will receive at least $1,000.
The 2015 U.S. Skyrunner Series also includes North American Skyrunning Continental Championships at the Audi Power of 4 50K (Ultra) in Aspen, Colo., and Flagstaff Sky Race (VK and Sky) in Flagstaff, Ariz. Top finishers in those races will score points toward the Skyrunner World Series season standings.
Ultrasportslive.tv has been named the official media partner of the U.S. SkyrunnerSeries and will provide live and pre-recorded video of the races.
2015 U.S. Skyrunner Series Schedule
June 28, Whiteface Sky Marathon, Wilmington, N.Y., 26 miles, 9,000 feet of elevation gain
July 18, Kendall Mountain Run, Silverton, Colo., 12 miles, 3,750 feet of elevation gain
Aug. 1, Tushar Sky Race, Tushar Mountains, Utah, 39K, 6,800 feet of elevation gain
Aug. 9, Angels Staircase, Carlton, Wash., 35K, 6,000 feet elevation gain
Sept. 5, The Rut Sky Race (Skyrunner World Series), Big Sky, Mont., 12K, 7,000 feet of elevation gain
Sept. 19, Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon, Crystal Mountain, Wash., 26 miles, 8,000 feet of elevation gain
Oct. 3, Flagstaff Sky Race (North American Skyrunning Continental Championship), Flagstaff, Ariz., 39K, 8,000 feet of elevation gain
March 14, Georgia Death Race, Blairsville, Ga., 68 miles, 20,000 feet of elevation gain
May 30, Quest for the Crest, Burnsville, N.C., 50K, 11,000 feet of elevation gain
July 19, Audi Power of 4 (North American Skyrunning Continental Championship), Aspen, Colo., 50K, 7,900 feet of elevation gain
Aug. 1, Tushar Sky Race, Tushar Mountains, Utah, 93K, 16,800 feet of elevation gain
Aug. 8, Angels Staircase, Carlton, Wash., 60K, 11,000 feet of elevation gain
Sept. 5, The Rut 50K (Skyrunner World Series), Big Sky, Mont., 50K, 10,000 feet of elevation gain
Oct. 3, Flagstaff Sky Race, Flagstaff, Ariz., 55K, 10,000 feet of elevation gain
Vertical K Series
May 30, Quest for the Crest VK, Burnsville, N.C.
June 27, Whiteface VK, Wilmington, N.Y.
July 18, Audi Power of 4 VK, Aspen, Colo.
Sept. 4, Lone Peak VK (Skyrunner World Series), Big Sky, Mont.
Oct. 4, Flagstaff Sky Race VK (North American Skyrunning Continental Championship), Flagstaff, Ariz.