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Alpinultras 2017 launched at Barcelona

by Press Release
Thursday 22nd December 2016
 
 

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Alpinultras 2017 is a project dedicated to promoting the great ultra endurance traverses over high mountains. 2017 will see its first event in Scotland and more permanent centres established. 
 
The three main areas of the project are moving on fast, with the Alpinultras seal of endorsement now given to seven different traverses into five different alpine ranges, now including the Scottish Highlands for the first time, in addition to the previous Picos de Europa, Catalan Pyrenees, Teide Massif  and Aragon Pyrenees. Scotland was selected among other options assessed in France, Andorra and Italy due to its unique mountain and sports heritage and its long standing tradition for mountain running in true alpine style.
 
Only nine alpine runners completed the three great traverses that formed the Alpinultras series in 2016, completing over 323km of mountain steep trails at Emmona Ultra Trail (130k), UT Valls d´Aneu (93k) and Ultra Canfranc (100k). Among them, Sara Codina and Ion Azpiroz were present at Barcelona to share their experiences as series champions, and also confirmed their intention to defend their thrones in the 2017 season, with the special incentive of running long over the mountains of Scotland.
 
The Alpinultras 2017 series will offer a unique calendar of four alpine races, and it will be necessary to complete at least three of them to achieve the coveted "Alpino" badge that only nine people achieved in its inaugural edition among the almost 2,000 that took part in its races. As you may see below, the tour travels through four different massifs over Europe, each unique in its heritage and race conditions.
 
The Ultra Trail Scotland, organised by Find Your Adrenaline (FYA), will be a particularly challenging course over 70km. As reflected by Ion and Sara, all alpinrunners and race organizers are very much excited to move into Scotland, as a land well known for its rugged and gorgeous landscape as much as for its long standing heritage in the world of mountain sports. FYA race director Casey Morgan was  a runner himself at some of the Alpinultras in 2016. More details on this upcoming new event will be disclosed in the near future.

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Casey Morgan (right) raises his shield after his win at Emmona

The Alpinultras permanent centres are the second great new feature for 2017, along with the international expansion. From spring on, special services will be operational in Esterri d'Aneu and Canfranc, which will work throughout the year. They feature: a network of marked trails for walking and running; local information centres for visitors; non-competitive events during the year and guided trips with the area's local runners. These are just some of the services that will be offered to promote year-round mountain regions that host Alpinultras.
 
The event ended with the union of forces, working together so that the crossings of high mountain and the towns that welcome them come to be a bit better known with each and every day throughout the year.
 
Find out more about Alpinultras at www.alpinultras.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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