Skyrunning Show in Livigno with Stian Angermund and Fabiola Conti

Press Release / 22.06.2022
/ © Maurizio Torri / Sportdimontagna

Stian Angermund and Fabiola Conti were the victors in this beautiful race, the Sky Marathon, that saw more than 400 athletes from 23 different nations running on the paths and peaks of Livigno on the border between Italy and Switzerland.

A beautiful sunny day, great organizational skills, breathtaking views, high mountains, where the main race took the athletes to the summit of Piz Cassana 3,070m asl and Piz da Rin 3,005m asl and one of the most spectacular locations in the entire Alpine arc decreed the success of an event that appeals to great champions and simple enthusiasts alike. 

The odds were all in favor of Team Salomon's standard bearer, two-time winner of the prestigious Golden Trail World Series circuit and reigning European skyrunning champion, Stian Angermund. The Norwegian champion left no doubts to his opponents, running as an absolute protagonist the 34 km with 2700 d+ of this beautiful and technical race, which mixes single tracks to be pushed, aerial ridges, steep climbs and acrobatic descents. In just a few minutes, from the center of shopping and nightlife, the 'sky runners' found themselves running in an alpine environment, passing landmarks such as Crap de la Parè, the Mott, and under the walls of Pizzo Salient. Among the most scenic and appreciated points by the competitors, the Cresta from Pizzo Tropione to Pizzo Cassana deserves a special mention; a very aerial passage that gave the competitors a spectacular view of the Ortles and Forni glaciers.

From the very first meters, Angermund led the Lecco-born Luca Del Pero into a breakaway, then waved him off and ran most of the race alone. For him, the finish time was 3h38'22". "It was one of the most beautiful races I have ever run in my life and also one of the most technical" he said at the finish line. "I will definitely be back". In the finale, the other Lecco-born Lorenzo Beltrami exploited his downhill skills and took second place in 3h50'55". Third place for Del Pero 3h52'07". Completing the day's top ten were Mattia Gianola, Lukas Gasser, Paolo Ruatti, Samuel Davila, Paolo Bert, Valentino Speziali and Marco Piccin.

In the women's event, the Romanian Ingrid Mutter and the local Elisa Desco tried to attack on the first descent Fabiola Conti. However, the latter reacted promptly by changing pace, gaining the lead and finishing with a margin on the Livigno red carpet in 4h27'09". "I had never run a race like this before... it is truly stellar", were her impressions after the race. "A large part of it is above 2,500 metres and several times we touched 3,000 metres. The ridges were super technical and the finish in Livigno was thrilling". Second place for Austrian Stephanie Kroell with a time of 4h44'27" and third step of the podium for the always competitive Desco in 4h52'28".

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