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SkyRun Zim

11-Dec-2021 Far and Wide Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Zimbabwe

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
56KM / 35Miles
1 Day - 180 Runners

Alternate Distances: 32KM/20M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

Entry From $350 USD

A little History
Far and Wide Zimbabwe started in 1985 as an outdoor education and leadership-training centre in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. Over the years we have led thousands of young and old Zimbabweans to appreciate and gain a feeling for the mountains and all the wonder that comes with being in them. Since the beginning we as a company have stuck it out through some of the toughest periods in Zimbabwe’s history and continue to spread our dream of connecting people with the mountains and rivers. In 2008 we built as a gift to Zimbabwe the iconic Turaco trail. In 2015 we opened it up for the first time to our first ever sky-running event.

All funds from SkyRun zim go towards our efforts to help uplift the Nyanga National Park through various support projects, anti-poaching efforts and infrastructure development.

What is Sky Running
“Sky running by definition is an extreme sport of mountain running above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° gradient”. It’s like trail running but harder.

Why Sky Run?

You’ll love every single terrible, horrible, amazing, beautiful step of it.

SkyRun Zim
SkyRun Zim is extremely fortunate to have the unbelievable Turaco Trail open itself up to Trail runners once a year for this event. The trail runs 62 km from Far and Wide through the Nyanga National Park, over the highest mountain (Mt Nyangani) in Zimbabwe and ends at the beautiful Aberfoyle lodge, on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The trail takes runners on a journey through a vast mountain wilderness of wild rivers and waterfalls, forests, montane grasslands, valleys, gorges and mountain peaks. Go check out our gallery for a better idea of the scenery. Alternatively take a tour through the video library.

The Turaco Trail
The Turaco Trail is an exclusive hiking trail using designated overnight campsites for one party walking in one direction only, so that no groups ever meet (similar to the Otter Trail in South Africa). We open the trail on one day once a year for the SkyRun, for which we receive a special permit from National Parks.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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