Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus

SKYRUNNING

SKYMARATHON® - MT. ELBRUS VERTICAL KILOMETER®

VERTICAL KILOMETER® - MT. ELBRUS
Azau Glade (2450 m) - "Mir"-Station (3450 m)
May, 5th

The Vertical Kilometer is a classical discipline in Skyrunning. It is defined by an elevation gain of 1000 m over a distance, not exceeding 5000 m in length.

Participation in the Vertical Kilometer® is obligatory for qualification of competitors for the speed races up to the summit of Mt. Elbrus: SkyMarathon® - Mt. Elbrus and Skyrace® - Mt. Elbrus.

Up to today, the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus is the highest Vertical Kilometer race in the World! The strongest skyrunners from Russia and many other countries set new records year after year.

Historical Facts:
The Vertical Kilometer, one of the most popular disciplines in Skyrunning, was added to the program of the Red Fox Elbrus Race in the year 2010. It was then that for the first time in Russian Skyrunning history a Vertical Kilometer Race was hold, the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus (2450-3450 м).

The route leads from Azau Glade 2450 m to "Mir"-Station at 3450 m, which makes the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus the world's highest race in this discipline. The Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus was included in the Skyrunner® World Series Trials 2010 and, within the Red Fox Elbrus Race, enabled Russian athletes to achieve points in the international rating of Skyrunning competitions.

In the years 2012-2013 the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus is part of the Skyrunner® World Series.

Since 2014 the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus is a part of the Russian Skyrunning Championship.
And since 2016 it is also a a part of the international "Victory Cup", a competition of Skyrunning among the army.




3D view of the route of the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus

List of Mandatory Equipment:
1. Running shoes
2. Sun glasses or goggles
3. 3 clothing layers (including one storm layer)
4. Trekking poles
5. Sunblock cream




RECORDS OF THE FESTIVAL


Year / Discipline Vertical Kilometer
Men Women
2008
2009
2010 0.48,41
Dmitrij Ploskonosov
(Russia, Yakutsk)
0.59,07
Megan Kimmel
(USA)
2011 The Festival was no held.
2012 0.44,39
Marco De Gasperi
(Italy)
0.56,51
Larisa Sovoleva
(Russia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij)
2013 0.44,48
Marco Facchinelli
(Italy)
0.51,08
Larisa Sovoleva
(Russia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij)
2014 0.47,22
Vitalij Chernov
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
0.54,22
Yelena Kravchenko
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
2015 0.44,16:02
Vitalij Chernov
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
0.52,24:09
Yelena Kravchenko
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
2016 0:45:43
Cardona Oriol
(Catalonia)
0:54:37
Yelena Kravchenko
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
2017 0.43,14:6
Vitalij Chernov
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
0:54,37
Yelena Kravchenko
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
2018 0.45, 31
Alexei Pagnuev
(Russia, Sverdlovsk Region)
0.56, 27
Elena Kravchenko
(Russia, Irkutsk Region, Red Fox Team)
2019 0:44:40
Alexey Pagnuev
(Russia)
0:55:11
Natal'ya Rudenko
(Russia)