june 17-19, 2022
52K • 26K • 11K • VK• kids race

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PRESENTED BY

Salomon Broken Arrow Skyrace

VERTICAL KILOMETER "VK"

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VK Overview 
 
Please note exact course changes slightly each year due to snow conditions. 

The VK covers some of Olympic Valley’s most iconic terrain in a short, steep, and physically demanding sprint. From the valley floor, runners will ascend over 2,900 feet in a mere 3.2 miles to the summit of near 8,885-foot Squaw Peak.
 
The course begins as a dispersed mass start, ascends steep and technical off-trail talus, and finishes on an exposed ridge. The ridge to 8,885-foot Squaw Peak includes a bolted handline and the infamous Stairway to Heaven ladder. The Vertical Kilometer course will contain steep slabs of rock, potential snow slopes, scree and exposure. Come prepared!

 

The Broken Arrow Skyrace VK is once again a World Mountain Running Association World Cup Event. For more information on WMRA, as well athlete rankings and more, please click HERE.

The Broken Arrow Skyrace is proud to have received approval from Trail Sisters, an organization seeking to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running and hiking through inspiration, education and empowerment. Click HERE to learn more about this awesome organization.

 

Aid Stations
 
There are no aid stations for the VK. Runners will be treated to refreshments and cold adult beverages from our friends at Sierra Nevada in the vendor village.


 

Equipment
 
Trekking poles are allowed and encouraged, although they must be carried the entire length of the route. Headphones are allowed as well but are HIGHLY discouraged due to the extreme nature of the course.
 
Traction devices such as MicroSpikes are allowed and race organizers will have hand lines installed where needed due to snow patches and/or steep talus. Please come prepared for a serious run in a mountainous environment and bring your desired personal needs in order to stay comfortable. We are strongly encouraging each runner to carry at least 12oz. of water.

 

Drop Bags

The weather at 9,000-feet on the Sierra Crest can be markedly different from the start line on the valley floor. As such, we offer to have your drop bag ready at the top of Siberia (NOT the top of Squaw Peak) and recommend you stuff it with a warm hat, light puffy, gloves and any other items that will make you comfortable.

Drop bags MUST be left in the drop bag receptacle zone on the mountain-side of the Funitel by no later than 9:30am on Friday, October 1. Please include your last name and bib number in large, discernible letters. If you register on the day of the event you cannot utilize this offer. 

The price for the Vertical Kilometer is $65.