june 16-18, 2023

52K • 26K • 11K • VK • TRIPLE CROWN
IRON FACE CHALLENGE • KIDS RACE

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PRESENTED BY

Salomon Broken Arrow Skyrace

VERTICAL KILOMETER "VK"

  • Friday, June 17, 2022

  • 11AM Start

  • 6.8km/4.25 miles

  • 954m/3135' vertical gain

  • Trails Sisters approved race

  • US Mountain Running Team "B Standard" Qualifying Race

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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 3,135 feet in a mere 4.25 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!

Upon completing the VK, most runners descend to High Camp and enjoy a comfortable tram ride down to the village. We also allow runners to run back down to the village if they would like, unless the ski resort is operating. 


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.

 

The price for the Vertical Kilometer is $75.

Please note that you must be 14 years of age or older to run the VK. Runners under 14 must be approved by the race directors and have a parent accompany them and you must email us for approval. The accompanying parent must also be registered for the VK.

Aid Stations
 

While there are no aid stations for the VK, we will have a basic finish line feed station, with supplies from Tailwind Nutrition and Spring Energy, at the top of Squaw Peak. We encourage you to utilize our drop bag option (see specifics) and bring your own favorite recovery item as needed. Runners will then 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, June 17. 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. 

 

Drug Testing

 

 All athletes who participate in National Championships and Team USA competitions are subject to drug testing performed by the(USADA) in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing."U.S. Anti-Doping Agency 

 

The Broken Arrow Skyrace is a proud supporter of the Clean Sport initiative, a non-profit partner striving for honesty, transparency and integrity in sport through the absence of performance enhancing drugs. 

The VK distance is a "B Standard" US Mountain Running Team Qualifying Race. The top man and woman will qualify to compete in the inaugural World Mountain & Trail Running Championships (WMTRC), scheduled for November 18-20, 2022 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This new biennial event is organized by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), with support from World Athletics. For more information on selection criteria click HERE.

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