Kilian announces 2012 'calendar'

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 Feb '12


Kilian Jornet

It seems like yesterday that Kilian Jornet was blasting down Mt Kinabalu to record a historic win over arch-rival Marco de Gasperi at the 2011 Climbathon. But as we know time stands still for no man (or woman)

So as he continues his winter ski-mountaineering, the little guy with the big heart has this week announced that his 2012 season proper (in terms or trail running) will start at the Transvulcania race in May, on the beautiful island of La Palma.


The rest of year follows a resaonably familiar pattern, taking in such perennials as Zegama, Western States 100, Kilian’s Classik and the Kinabalu Climbathon. However, no UTMB this year, and much more focus on the US with races at the Speedgoat 50k in July and perhaps most interesting, a visit to the Pike Peak Marathon in August, both following his 3rd appearance at the Western States 100.

Full itinerary, in his own words, as follows:

May 12: Transvulcania 83km. (Canary Islands-Spain) km a career that I wanted to compete, on an island paradise! and this year with an exceptional level … but take only 1 week after the PDG run!

May 20: Zegama 42km. (Euskadi – Spain) / A Classica, will be the 4th time I have participated. Without doubt one of the essential (in my opinion with di Mont Giir Sierre Zinal i) Great Environment!

June 23: Western States 100. 100M (California USA) The 3rd participation, despite being a career that suits my conditions I want to return for the environment and to stay after a little known Californian mountains.

July 8: Kilian’s Classik: (Font Romeu Pyrenees) more than a race, a party of Trail running, with running friends, a chance to show you my country.


July 20 to 22: VK and SkyRace Dolomites. 2 km and 21km (Dolomites – Italy) ran 3 years ago and left me a very good taste, a spectacular region and a beautiful career.

July 28: Speedgoat. 50 km. (Utah – USA) United States again to spend a month there to discover and run by its mountains, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada … and leverage to make some racing

August 19: Pikes Peak Marathon, 42km (Colorado – USA) Trail Running A Classic of American, 3rd oldest marathon on the USA and the 1st mountain race. One that felt like a long time.

August 26: Kima, 50km (Valtellina – Italy) One of the great, the first Skyraces and one of the more technical, Pure Skyrunning!


The media scrum at Kinabalu

October 14: Kinabalu Climbathon 21km (Borneo – Malaysia) Short but the hardest, 2300m up and down technical trails. This year I return to Asia for this beautiful race.

Oct. 19: Grand Raid Reunion, 170km (Reunion Island) the 20th anniversary certainly holds many surprises us. How to describe this race? Impossible, people, environment, landscapes, nature, hardness … a dream

Follow all of Kilian’s movements at his blog, his Twitter feed and his Facebook page.

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  1. David T Feb 17, 01:52 PM

    Killian and Anton K. will be racing each other 3 times in 2012:

  2. Brett Feb 17, 04:32 PM

    Will Matt Carpenter come out of retirement to race folks like TonyK and Kilian?

    To go on the record, I’ll say Matt’s 2:01 ascent record goes unbroken by Kilian, as does his 3:16 overall Pikes Peak Marathon record.

    There, I said it.

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