The ISF is pleased to announce SCOTT Sports will partner with the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series, joining other prestigious outdoor brands: Salomon, Arc’teryx, inov-8, La Sportiva and Compressport.
SCOTT Sports will be present not only with a team of top international runners, but will again be present as main sponsor at the successful Matterhorn Ultraks, fourth race in the Sky Series.
The international team of world-class athletes includes Italian Marco De Gasperi, six-time World Mountain Running Champion and top level sky runner. Major highlights of his career include 3 victories at the famous sky running event Sierre-Zinal, and his win at the Jungfrau marathon in 2010 among many others. As a member of the Italian National team he won 11 WMRA® championships. He also won 3 silver medals and one bronze as a member of the Italian National team, totalling 23 medals in the WMRA® World Championships! His latest victory was at “El Cruce Columbia,” a multi-stage race in Patagonia, which came just a few days ago, ahead of Sergio Trecaman and US trail running Specialist Dakota Jones.
Celine Lafaye, a multiple trail running champion from France, will be also competing in a few Skyrunning-Events throughout the year. She’s regularly a Top10 Runner but there is potential for more, as she’s still a “rookie” when it comes to very technical trails and higher altitudes. From Spain we have Pablo Villa, 4th at the 2012 TDS/UTMB and 2nd at the 2013 GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run, who is another young gun in the international team of athletes, who is able to push the leading packs, especially on very technical terrain and in difficult races like Ultraks in Zermatt.
American Joe Gray, US Trail Runner of the year in 2013, and the first athlete ever to win both NACAC cross country and mountain championships will definitely be the man to beat in the different mountain and trail races in the USA. We are not sure yet whether or not he’ll be able to take part in sky running events, but Sierre-Zinal could definitely be on his radar for 2014.
The SCOTT team also counts American distance runner Meghan Arbogast, a top finisher at UTMV and Western States, she recently won the USATF Trail National Championship together with new entry Jodee Adams-Moore who will be launching her skyrunning season at the Transvulcania Ultramarathon on May 10. SCOTT Running Director, Scott McCoubrey commented, “Jodee is a perfect fit for the SCOTT team. She is an extremely versatile runner, with a passion for the mountains and running on the trails. Based on her recent success, it should be a blast watching her performances this year.” New British talent Stu Air will join her at Transvulcania.
SCOTT ambassador Ian Sharman, 100-mile champion – winner and record holder of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning – is director of the newly launched US Skyrunner® Series.
SCOTT Sports has enjoyed much success with the Kinabalu trail shoe – named after the 4,000m Malaysian mountain which has represented the final of the Skyrunner® World Series on many occasions. SCOTT athlete Marco De Gasperi set the standing race record here.
Alongside the Kinabalu, new styles as Trail Rocket and Grip 3.0 are proposed for 2014 together with the new running collection - available at the principal Skyrunner® World Series races.
Marino Giacometti, ISF president, commented, “We’re very pleased to welcome on board SCOTT with their team and excellent products. Since the age of 17 when Marco De Gasperi ran his first skyrunning race on Monte Rosa, he has been a great ambassador for the sport and we’re proud to see him at the pinnacle of his career. We look forward to have the rest of the talented team competing at the races – who knows who the next great champion will be!”
Joscha Harms, SCOTT Softgoods and Running Marketing Manager, concludes, “SCOTT Sports is a leading brand for high functioning sporting goods, and is known for innovative products with unique designs. We are happy to collaborate with Sky Runner World Series to position our Running division as a high functioning trailrunning brand in a very competitive market. We believe that this, paired with our strong products and outstanding performances of our athletes, will increase our brand credibility and integrity within the market.”
For more information about Skyrunner World Series visit www.skyrunning.com.
SCOTT Trail running team members
Marco De Gasperi (ITA)
Ian Sharman (USA)
Joe Gray (USA)
Jodee Adams-Moore (USA)
Meghan Arbogast (USA)
Ryan Bak (USA)
Celine Lafaye (FRA)
Pablo Manuel Villa (ESP)
Simona Staicu (HUN)
Stu Air (GBR)
Jeremy Humphrey (USA)
Fabian Alraun (GER)
Gerd Frick (ITA)
Adam Kovacs (HUN)
Stephan Wenk (SUI)