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9 daunting „vertical k routes” – Suunto Vertical Week

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9 daunting „vertical k routes” – Suunto Vertical Week

Running Collection by Suunto

9

Tours

16:58 h

25.2 mi

35,400 ft

The first nine routes of this collection are based on some of the premier „vertical k races” on the planet. There’s nothing stopping you trying one – or even entering the race next time.

A „vertical k race” is an uphill mountain running race that ascends 1.000 meters and usually covers no more than five kilometers in distance; the toughest ones are short and sharp! Born in the Alps in 1994, the first vertical kilometer race took place in Cervinia, Italy, on the lower slopes of the Matterhorn and was won by Italian Ettore Champretavy in a time of 40’44”. Ever since, the times have been getting faster and faster.

Click on any of the „vertical k”s below to add the route to your Suunto watch and then get out there and see how fast you can get it done!

Have you already done a "vertical k" tour or do you plan to do so until October 31? Show it to us and all komoot users by following Suunto and tagging the Suunto profile as a participant of your recorded tour. Everyone who shares their route with photos will have a chance to win a SUUNTO BUFF and be featured on Suunto's profile! (Winners will be notified by email).

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    02:14
    1.38 mi
    0.6 mph
    3,050 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Sometimes called the mother of vertical k races, the Kilomètre vertical de Fully covers 1000 m in 1920 m making it the shortest and fastest vertical k race in the world.

  • Difficult
    01:21
    1.71 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,075 ft
    0 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    One of the races held at the annual Tromsø Skyrace event, the Blåmann Vertical route climbs Store Blåmann, the highest peak on the stunning Kvaløya Island located above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway.

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  • Difficult
    02:30
    2.00 mi
    0.8 mph
    3,325 ft
    0 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Famous for its incredible views from high above Lake Garda in northern Italy, the Limone Extreme Vertical ascends rocky trail, crosses olive groves and becomes more and more technically challenging as it climbs higher and higher.

  • Difficult
    04:04
    6.33 mi
    1.6 mph
    9,575 ft
    25 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Starting in the center of the historical alpine town Susa in Piedmont, the BEI K3 is currently the only triple vertical k race in the world.

  • Difficult
    02:01
    5.08 mi
    2.5 mph
    3,625 ft
    150 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Starting at Tazacorte beach on La Palma in the Canary Islands, the route ascends the GR 131 trail, the El Time cliff face to Tijarafe and continues to a forest look out tower located at 1,600 m where sweeping views of the northside of the island and the Aridane Valley can be enjoyed.

  • Difficult
    01:44
    1.62 mi
    0.9 mph
    3,100 ft
    0 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Held in the iconic Dolomite mountains in northern Italy, this vertical k sponsored by Suunto punches a hefty ascent in a short distance.

  • Difficult
    00:30
    2.93 mi
    5.9 mph
    3,375 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Considered one of the most brutal three-mile runs out there, the Lone Peak Vertical rewards its finishers with incredible views of southwest Montana from Lone Peak summit (3,403 m).

  • Difficult
    01:04
    2.26 mi
    2.1 mph
    3,300 ft
    0 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Meet Innsbruck, Austria’s steepest staircase, the cable car route that ascends from Hungerburg via the most direct line to Seegrube (1,905 m), a peak in the Nordkette (North Chain) mountain range located north of Innsbruck.

  • Difficult
    01:30
    1.89 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,025 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    One of the races at the hugely popular Zegama-Aizkorri Mendi Maratoia event in northern Spain, the total course length is 5,200 m long (3000 m timed) with 1,015 m vertical climb up the Sierra Aizkorri, the highest mountain in a part of Basque Country renowned for hiking.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    25.2 mi
  • Duration
    16:58 h
  • Elevation
    35,400 ft

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