The Dolomites Vertical Kilometre took place this weekend in Canazei Italy with one runner beating Kilian Jornet’s course record by five seconds.
Philip Goetsch holds the new record after running the course with a 2,465m gain in a time of 32:38. Goetsch started the race tucked in behind Urban Zemmer until taking the lead and coming in quick enough to defeat Jornet’s record. Zemmer placed second running 32:54. Third place was Saul Padua Rodriguez who ran a 34:03.
The men’s race wasn’t the only source of excitement though. Women runners on the course gave the crowd much to talk about. The amazing performance by Christel Dewalle was a main highlight of the event which was in its eight running. Dewalle started hoping to beat race favourite and record holder Laura Orgue. The two runners have a bit of an ongoing racing rivalry. Dewalle managed to get ahead of the pace holding a pace that was hard for other runners to compete with. She placed first running 38:21. Behind her was Eli Anne Dvergsdal in 39:34. Orgue came third running 40:02.
This weekend’s race ran in clear blue skies. It also qualified as the second stage of the world Skyrunner series.