Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is an ISF associate member. Photo above: Billy Fotògraf.
The 2020 Skyrunning World Championships scheduled for July 10-12, 2020 at the BUFF® Mountain Festival in the Spanish Pyrenees, has been postponed to the same venue in 2021.
The decision has been made by the International Skyrunning Federation together with the Spanish member, FEDME and local organisers Oci Sport, due to the ongoing government decrees on health and travel restrictions.
With differing situations in different countries, it has been impossible to confirm the hoped-for September date and a year-long postponement has been preferred.
“We want to convey a positive perspective on the 2021 date of the 2020 Championships. Having more time available, means more time for our members to focus, to organise travel and support and for athletes to train – always with an eye on the 27 medals at stake,” said ISF president, Marino Giacometti.
Next year’s World Championships, the sixth edition, will be the first to be open only to Official National Teams. Athletes will confront each other in the three skyrunning disciplines: VERTICAL, SKY and SKYULTRA. World titles and 27 medals will be awarded to Individuals and Official Teams as well as a Combined title based on the best results of the Vertical and Sky races.
The venue is located in the magnificent Vall de Boí, a spectacular natural arena and UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by 3,000m peaks and 200 mountain lakes. The 2020 events are still programmed to take place on 4-6 September. In 2019 the BUFF® Mountain Festival attracted 3,000 athletes and 15,000 spectators.
Further details of the World Championships will be announced at a later date and post on the event website at buffmountainfestival.com.