Matterhorn Ultraks 2013
This past weekend saw the inaugural running of the Matterhorn Ultraks, the fourth race in the Skyrunning Sky Series – a 46km course, with 3,600m of ascent and descent, in one of the world's most iconic locations.
The Arc'teryx team was well represented by Nicola Golinelli, Didier Zago, Florian Reichert, and Tiffany Saibil in the 46K; and in the 30K distance by Tessa Hill and Stian Hagen, a skier who uses events like this in his off-season training.
It was a great day of alpine racing, resulting in wins for Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg in the men's and women's divisions respectively, and Arc'athlete Nicola Golinelli came in a very close third: "The race has a beautiful, unique route; the landscape around the Matterhorn is just incredible. Although, during the race, I was concentrating on running, so unfortunately I couldn't admire the surroundings as much as I wished to. We were very lucky with the forecast, the weather for me was ideal, not too warm, nor too cold, just nicely fresh. The route was not overly technical (the paths were nice and easy to run on), but physically hard due to the high elevation gain."
We also couldn't be more proud of Arc'athlete Tessa Hill, who finished first in the 30K distance: "I had a great race. I paced it steady at the start and had the company of Arc'teryx athlete Stian Hagen, which was fun. The course twisted and turned on the paths above Zermatt, keeping the Matterhorn in sight for most of it. It certainly helped having such wonderful views as tiredness set in and the oxygen disappeared on the final climb."
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