One of the world’s most iconic mountain races takes place this Sunday and as ever attracts some of the world’s top mountain runners, with the likes of Stevie Kremer, Kilian and golden-greats Angela Mudge and Jono Wyatt toeing the line at Sierre-Zinal…
The latter still holds the course record of an amazing 2:29:12 from 2003 with Anna Pichrtova’s 2008 run of 2:54:26 being the best mark in the women’s class.
Though not as long as some of the big European skyraces these days, runners still face 19 miles and a hefty 7,200ft of climb, and after climbing out of Sierre at the start runners head up to the race highpoint of 2425m before plummeting back to Zinal.
2012 champion Aline Camboulives returns to defend her S-Z crown, however we think that US athlete Stevie Kremer must be in the hot-seat when it comes to the women’s race, after a pretty impressive 2013 to date.
In the men’s race it’s hard to look beyond Kilian, but with top US talent Sage Canaday, Rickey Gates and Max King, along with Spain’s Tofol Castanyer and Eritrean Weldemariam Teklay also down to race, things should be very interesting.
Look out for Brits Robbie Simpson and Victoria Wilkinson too as they test themselves against the very best. Full start lists are here