Arc'teryx Skyrunning Team 2013
Six Arc'athletes will literally be reaching for the top this year in one of the most grueling high-altitude race series on the planet. The Skyrunner World Series, celebrating its tenth year, is divided into three standalone circuits – Sky, Ultra, and Vertical – each with its own titles and prizes. These events are legendary for their distance, vertical climbs, extreme terrain, and the challenge they provide to even the best alpine trail runners. Six experienced mountain runners from across the globe will represent Arc'teryx this year, each bringing their own unique mix of grit and determination.
Not one to shy away from the unusual or intimidating, well-renowned Canadian Ultra Runner Adam Campbell contributes his international reputation to the team with a second-place finish in Japan's formidable Mt. Fuji Race. "It was by far the hardest event I've ever done. There was 9,000m of climbing, a total distance of 97 miles, 19.5 hours, and some very emotional moments from the fatigue and soreness … but I like to call mountain ultra races 'competitive adventures'" said Campbell.
Adam is joined by Germany's Florian Reichert, who is an experienced runner in short-distance and marathon, but he is new to the high-altitude format. Florian is confident and says he is very motivated to try out Skyrunning after winning the ECCO Indoor Trail in Dortmund, Germany twice (2012 and 2013).
Another exciting addition to our roster is US athlete Joe Grant, fresh off the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a grueling 350-mile race across Alaska's unforgiving wild expanse. "The experience was very enriching. Continuous, multi-day racing is super appealing to me" said Grant.
Returning for a second year with the Arc'teryx team is Italy's Nicola Golinelli, Didier Zago from France, and UK athlete Tessa Hill. Golinelli, who placed third in the Vertical Kilometer in the 2012 SkyGames and second in the 2011 European Championships, brings years of experience to the team. Zago and Hill (whose background is in Orienteering) both placed fourth in the Skyrunner Vertical World Series last year, and are eager to race again this summer.
"To compete at a top level in a new discipline like this is daunting but exhilarating too. The International Skyrunning Federation puts together a spectacular set of races and it's a privilege to take part. Their motto of 'Less cloud. More sky.' says it all." said Tessa Hill.
The passion and persistence of these competitors brings them together as a team, but they will not shy away from pushing each other to their individual limits. "The Skyrunner World Series is an opportunity to race some of best mountain runners in the world, on some of the most compelling courses out there." said Joe Grant.
The 2013 season kicks off with on May 11th with the Transvulcania race in La Palma, Spain. We wish our team and all competitors the best of luck, and we'll be tracking their progress on Facebook and Twitter.