2016 Altra US Skyrunner® Series


This season we’re switching back to the traditional Skyrunning formula of fifteen quality races across three disciplines to raise the level of competition at each event. With four fewer races than 2015, elite runners will have to race each other head-to-head more frequently for the top honors. Building on the success and inspiration of our first two years, 2016 continues the explosion of international Skyrunning events that have captured the imagination of runners globally. There are now Skyrunner® National Series in many countries around the world, including the US.


2016 also sees the continuation of the North American Skyrunning Continental Championship at the Audi Power of 4 50k (Ultra), Flagstaff Sky Race (Sky) and Mt Albert VK in Canada. See the Continental Championship page for more details.


See how the Altra US Skyrunner® Series fits into the global world of Skyrunning on our Background page.


Details of the Series

Five Sky, five Ultra and five Vertical K® races are distributed across the country, offering expanded opportunities to run in some of the most beautiful locations in the US.


Hundreds of miles of racing including well over 100,000 feet of vertical gain with inclines that will truly push the best mountain runners to their limits and offer unique experiences for every competitor. Distance + Vertical = Skyrunning.


Legendary, iconic and prestigious events make up the calendar, with many of the Vertical K® races doubling up with Sky and Ultra events. The majority of the races have been created or adjusted specifically for the Altra US Skyrunner® Series, broadening the scope of competitive and spectacular Skyrunning races globally.


As Ian Sharman, the Director of the Altra US Skyrunner® Series states: "Ever since I first saw Skyrunning at Transvulcania, it captured my imagination with the audacity and beauty of the courses and sheer difficulty of the races. The events are some of the toughest around but leave runners wanting more, from the leaders to the back of the pack. So I'm really excited and honored to bring the original Skyrunning concept to the US on a wider scale with some of the most exciting races around."


Videos of some of the races can be found at the following links to give a clearer picture of what the Altra US Skyrunner® Series is all about:


-       The Rut video

-       Flagstaff Sky Race course video

-       Flagstaff Sky Race promo video


2016 Race Schedule


1. NEW YORK: Whiteface Sky Race - 19 miles - Wilmington - July 10

- 9,000ft elevation gain

2. COLORADO: Kendall Mt Run - 12 miles - Silverton - July 23

- 3,750ft elevation gain

3. MONTANA: The Rut - 25km - Big Sky - September 3

- 7,000ft elevation gain

4. WASHINGTON: Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon - 26 miles - Crystal Mountain Resort - September 17

- 8,000ft elevation gain

5. ARIZONA: Flagstaff Sky Race - 39km - Flagstaff - October 1

- 8,000ft elevation gain


1. CALIFORNIA: Broken Arrow Sky Ultra - 32 miles - Squaw Valley - June 19

- 11,000ft elevation gain

2. COLORADO: Audi Power of 4 - 50km - Aspen Snowmass - August 7 

- 7,900ft elevation gain

3. MONTANA: The Rut - 50km - Big Sky - September 4

- 10,000ft elevation gain

4. TEXAS: Franklin Mountains Trail Run - 50km - September 10

- 10,000ft elevation gain
5. ARIZONA: Flagstaff Sky Race - 55km - Flagstaff - October 1

- 10,000ft elevation gain


1. CALIFORNIA: Broken Arrow VK - Squaw Valley - June 18

2. NEW YORK: Whiteface VK - Wilmington - July 9

3. COLORADO: Audi Power of 4 VK - Aspen Snowmass - August 6

4. MONTANA: Lone Peak VK - Big Sky - September 2 
5. ARIZONA: Flagstaff Sky Race VK - Flagstaff - September 30 


Ranking Points

The three best results in each Series are scored in the overall ranking for each runner. Ranking points in the final races of all three Series are increased by 20% then rounded. In the result of a tie for a podium position, head-to-head results are considered with the Series final as the most important result.


Ranking points breakdown: 100-88-78-72-68-66-64-62-60-58-56-54-52-50 down to 1 point. Scoring goes down to 40th position for men and women.


Total prizes:  See the PRIZES page with over $40,000 available across the entire Series with prizes up to $5,000. Every race has prize money.


*Entry is direct through individual Race Directors. Slots are prioritized for SWS and ISF Ranked athletes.



SKY - races more than 22 km and less than 50 km long with at least 1,300m positive vertical climb (SkyRace® and SkyMarathon®)
ULTRA - races 50 km and over that exceed the SkyMarathon® parameters (Ultra SkyMarathon®) 
VERTICAL - races with 1,000m positive vertical climb not exceeding 5 km distance (Vertical Kilometer®)

Skyrunner®, SkyRace®, SkyMarathon®, Vertical Kilometer® are registered trademarks