The grand finale of this year’s World Cup at Chiavenna-Lagunc lived up to all expectations. This historic vertical kilometre race was a fitting setting to decide the winners of the short uphill category and the overall World Cup. See FINAL WORLD CUP for the full list of results.
For our final World Cup race of 2021 we head to the north of Italy for Chiavenna-Lagunc. On Sunday runners will take part in this famous short uphill race, starting in the historic old town of Chiavenna and finishing in Lagunc.
Sunday, October 3, was the final day of the three-day Broken Arrow Skyrunning festival (https://www.brokenarrowskyrace.com/) held at Palisades Tahoe resort in Olympic Valley, CA. The festival culminated in a 23K which was shortened from its original 26K distance due to construction at the resort. Like the VK on Friday (https://trailrunner.com/trail-news/mclaughlin-and-thomas-victorious-at-broken-arrow-skyrace-vertical-kilometer/), two Coloradoans were victorious in Joseph Gray, 37, Colorado Springs, and Janelle Lincks, 28, Thornton.
The runners woke to rainy conditions in Zumaia, ready to take on a course with softer conditions underfoot than we’re used to in the World Cup! Zumaia Flysch was the venue for stage 14 and 15 of this year’s competition, with the 42k race going off first at 7.30am, then the 22k race at 8.30am.
The first race to kick off the Broken Arrow Skyrace presented by Salomon was the VK held on Friday, October 1. The event was one of two American-based races in the 2021 WMRA World Cup, the other being the 26K Skyrace to be held Sunday, October 3, with both events staged in Olympic Valley, CA, site of the newly renamed resort of Palisades Tahoe.
2021 has been a year of firsts for the World Cup. Not only did it visit Poland for the first time – twice, at Tatra Race Run and Tatra Skymarathon – but it also ventured into Spain for the first time. After a hugely successful Canfranc-Canfranc in mid-September we’re heading back to Spain for Zumaia-Flysch this weekend (3rd October).
In what may be the biggest weekend ever for the World Cup, we’re bringing you four events this week. Two are in Palisades Tahoe, California, USA, and two are in Zumaia, in the Basque Country in the north of Spain. Here's our preview for rounds 12 and 13 of the World Cup at Broken Arrow!