Philip Götsch and Christel Dewalle European skyrunning champions

Blue skies and a mild climate were in store for the European championship of the specialty.

Philip Götsch and Christel Dewalle are the top Vertical Km athletes of Europe. Confirming their success in 2016, the male runner from Alto Adige and the French female athlete once again led the pack. In terms of nation ranking, the Czech Republic beat Spain and Italy.

Blue skies and a mild climate were in store for the European championship of the specialty. The very technical race with a vertical climb of 1,080 meters over a 3.2 km course was the testing ground chosen by the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) to proclaim the top specialists in Europe.  The first race of this two-day event sponsored by Dynafit also assigned precious points in view of the final Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series race, scheduled for Sunday, October 22, on the legendary Fully course in Switzerland.

Due to the verticality of the course, the organizing committee divided the start in two sets. The large group started at 6:00 p.m., while the world-class athletes set out one hour later. From the start, the 2016 winner Philip Götsch ably conducted the race, managing to keep strong Patrik Facchini from Trento at bay. He then shifted gears and achieved the new record for the race. The Crazy Idea team athlete won the race and European title with a finish time of 36 minutes and 23 seconds. Patrik Facchini came in second with 38 minutes, 13 seconds and 72 milliseconds, while Stian Angermun placed third with 38 minutes and 40 seconds. Fourth and fifth runner-ups were Nejc Kuhar from Slovenia and Petter Engdahl from Sweden.    

Christel Dewalle of France reconfirmed her title and became the new European champion for 2017 with a finish time of 45 minutes and 52 seconds. Michel Maier, clocking in at 46 minutes and 13 seconds, came in second. Camilla Magliano from Italy took third place with a finish time of 47 minutes and 45 seconds. Stephanie Jimenez and Laura Orguè placed fourth and fifth, consecutively.

With the completion of the first by-night race, all eyes are now on the main race of Limone Extreme, which for the fifth consecutive time will be the world series finale. The big event on the mountain peaks between the Lombardy and Trentino regions (29 km with a vertical climb of 2,450 meters) will be preceded by the 10K for neophytes and young runners. An intense day awaits the SS Limonese group and all the fans that have flocked to the Alto Garda region. The post-race also includes a pasta party, awards ceremony and amazing third act: a huge party to celebrate the end of the season. Limone Extreme is a world-class event with over 1,000 competitors from over 30 nations.


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