Skyrace Comapedrosa and Arinsal VK, part of the world's skyrunning elite
Skyrace Comapedrosa will remain a World Series event, while the Youth World Championships will include both VK and SKY competitions
The 2017 Skyrace Comapedrosa promises to be a skyrunning festival, as in addition to today's top runners it will also feature the best young talents, who will square off against each other in the Youth World Championships.
Skyrace Comapedrosa, which will remain a World Series event, is scheduled for Sunday 30 July, while Arinsal will also play host to the Youth World Championships.
The solid organisation of the bid presented by La Massana and the Andorran Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (FAM), the impressive scenery of the Comapedrosa valleys and the proximity to Andorra's services led the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) to name Andorra the site of the Youth World Championships.
The Youth World Championships will feature two competitions: SKY and VK. In the SKY competition, the young men and women will compete alongside the other categories in Skyrace Comapedrosa and by category in Skyrace Arinsal. Skyrace Arinsal will include the Youth A category (ages 16 and 17), with Skyrace Comapedrosa hosting competitions in both the Youth B (ages 18-20) and Under-23 (ages 21-23) categories.
The race consists of two long climbs along highly technical high mountain terrain. The first climb tops off at an altitude of 2,600 metres, while the apex of the second is the ceiling of Andorra, Comapedrosa, at a height of 2,972 metres. This will be the ideal setting to experience the essence of skyrunning, with stunning panoramic views of the Comapedrosa Valleys National Park and other spectacular scenery.
The event programme will also include Skyrace Arinsal, which will take anyone looking for an initial experience in the world of skyrunning to high-lying mountain areas.
Skyrace Comapedrosa will once again turn La Massana and Andorra, a country that has become firmly enshrined as an organiser of sporting events with high international impact, into the world capital of mountain sports.