Skyrunning is an extreme sport of mountain running above 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° grade. The 2014 Skyrunning World Championships will include the ultra distance for the first time and, Chamonix, the most iconic outdoor sports arena, will host the events at the end of June, 2014.
Three distances will be disputed:
– The short steep Vertical Skywards by night,
– The 42 kilometer (26.1 mile) Mont-Blanc Marathon,
– The Mont-Blanc 80KM (49,7 miles), an exclusive, new course to be inaugurated this year, featuring a challenging 6,000 meters (19,685 feet) of vertical climb along ridges, over snow fields, crossing into Swiss territory and traversing glaciers in a point to point loop from the resort of Chamonix.
The races are open to both individuals and teams. Individual world titles are at stake in each discipline as well as a combined title, based on the best results of two out of three races. Countries will be ranked according to the best results of three men and one woman in all three disciplines. The country ranking in 2013 was headed by Italy, followed by Spain and France for a total of 13 nations.