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The World's Highest Vertical Kilometer On Mt. Elbrus

Press Release / 07.05.2019
Reaching the top in the World's highest Vertical Km
Reaching the top in the World's highest Vertical Km / © Andrey Chepakin

On May 5th the race Vertical Kilometer race on Mount Elbrus was held with racers running from 2450-3450m making it the “highest” Vertical kilometer in the world. 3 66 athletes  from 20  countries lined up  and the leaders of the race overcame the distance in less than 50 minutes demonstrating a high level of performance.

For the second year in a row, Alexey Pagnuev from Russia  (Sverdlovsk Region) was the winner. “There were very strong front-runners with me. Evgeny Markov, Vitaly Chernov - the best Russian skyrunners of the last decade. Therefore, I thought that I could not achieve the result of last year ... however I like the race and love to run on such soft snow. ” He said.

Last year's silver medalist Yevgeny Markov (Sverdlovsk region) finished second again and shared his impressions of the race:  “The race is hard as always. I didn’t have enough strength at the finish, so I couldn’t catch up with Alexey.”

Bronze medallist in the race was the current record holder Vitaly Chernov (Irkutsk region. Red Fox team): “It was hard to run until the middle of the race. I ran side by side with all the leaders, but I didn't have enough acclimatization at the end. "

Among the girls, Natalia Rudenko won her second award at the festival. Despite the fact that Natalia is taking part in the Red Fox Elbrus Race for the first time and that she and her partner won at the expeditionary race of the Elbrus Ski Monsters Expedition Race earlier in the festival.  And now the second precious victory - gold in the Vertical Kilometer race - Mt. Elbrus!

Natalya Rudenko commented: “For me, this is the first experience of participating in such competitions.
As a skier, I felt confident at the distance and chose the right tactics that helped me to finish successfully.”

The five-time winner in Vertical Kilometer® Elena Kravchenko (Irkutsk region. Red Fox team) crossed the finish line after Natalya Rudenko.

Zhanna Vokuyeva (St. Petersburg) won bronze and she repeatedly became the prizewinner of the festival Red Fox Elbrus Race: "Today is the first time when I want to cry - it was hard, but I got over it."

On May 6th, the athletes competing in Skyrace® - Mt Elbrus (3780-5642 m) and will move to the “Barrels” to prepare for the main start of the festival - speed climbing to the western peak of Elbrus Mount.

The athletes competing in in SkyMarathon® - Mt Elbrus (2350-5642 m) will start on May 7th from Azau meadow.

 Congratulations again to the medalists and prizewinners of  Vertical Kilometer®!

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