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