2019 will see the creation of the Sky Pirineu and Trail Pirineu
After celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Salomon Ultra Pirineu is looking ahead and is preparing an 11th event full of surprises. In 2019, two new names will be on the list of trail running’s most important event: the Sky Pirineu and the Trail Pirineu.
The Sky Pirineu, over 36km and 2,500m of overall ascent, is pure Sky Running. Starting and finishing in Bagà, it traverses some of the most emblematic landscape of the Parque Natural del Cadí Moixeró, with a climb to the highest refuge in the Western Pyrenees, the Niu de l’Àliga (2,510m); it passes through the Penyes Altes (2,260m) and descends via the ‘Empedrats’, where the stones merge with the water. The Sky Pirineu will also be the last race in the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series 2019 calendar.
After 5 years, in 2019 the Marató Pirineu is reinventing itself as the new Trail Pirineu. From Bellver de Cerdanya, the Trail Pirineu will be run over 56km and 2,800m of overall ascent, adding a few kilometres and a bit more ascent to the Marató with a new stretch linking Aguiló with Martinet and a detour towards Estana and Beixec in order to give runners the most spectacular views of the Cadí sierra. The pass through the Cortals de l’Ingla refuge is maintained, as is the legendary climb to the Pas dels Gosolans (2,430m) and descent towards the Prats d’Aguiló refuge, simply substituting the stretch from Aguiló to Martinet with a better and longer one.
The Sky Pirineu and Trail Pirineu join the Ultra Pirineu (110km), Mitja Pirineu (20km), Nit Pirineu (5km) and Pirineu XS to complete the bill for the 2019 Salomon Ultra Pirineu.
Salomon Ultra Pirineu 2018: more than €4m to the local economy
The Salomon Ultra Pirineu is already thinking about 2019 after a year in which it has once again had a positive economic impact on the region. The organisers, in conjunction with the Diputació de Barcelona, carried out a survey among this year’s participants. Up to 60% of runners took part in the survey from which it was possible to extrapolate that the event had contributed around €4.4m to the region.