The race is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2023.
In case of bad weather, the race will take place on Sunday. In the event of a postponement, athletes will be advised via email and on site. The race director’s decision is final and may decide to postpone the race, to cancel it or decide on a shorter version. In the event an athlete is unable to race due to postponement, the entry fee will not be reimbursed.
The AMA VK2 is capped at 300 athletes. The number may vary depending on the conditions on the mountain and the final decision of the race director.
Excess entry requests will be placed on a waiting list and included in case of cancellations.
€35 from January 10 to March 31, 2023.
€45 from April 1 to June 15, 2023.
The fee includes race bag and the return cable car ticket.
In case of cancellation by April 30 a 50% reimbursement will be available. After April 30, cancellations for health reasons maybe postponed to 2024.
AMA VK2 – 3,260m – Open race
Distance 9 km. Vertical climb 2,086m +
The course starts and finishes in Alagna Valsesia, 1,192m. It passes by the Bocchetta delle Pisse, 2,396m and summits at the Indren cable car station, 3,260m for a distance of 9 km and a total 2,086m vertical climb.
The race takes place on mountain trails with demanding uphill sections, exposed areas, steep pastures and scree and snow fields, possibly subject to severe environmental and weather conditions, summiting at 3,260m.
A high level of physical preparation is required, high altitude mountaineering experience, knowledge of the risks of the terrain and the ability to manage eventual sudden changes such as strong winds and below zero temperatures.
The respect of the environment and solidarity towards other competitors are among the principal requirements of this high altitude race.
Throwing trash outside the aid stations is subject to a penalty of 3’ to 20’ or disqualification in more serious cases.
Assistance from outsiders is allowed only within an area of +/- 100m of the aid stations.
The route is marked with flags and tape and/or coloured posts. Other signage may be communicated at the briefing and/or on race day. The signage must be followed on sight before the snow fields and on the exact course in the snow and on the glacier, subject disqualification.
Competitors must have mountain running experience.
Athletes aged between 18 and 70 are admitted. They must be in possession of a medical certificate attesting to their racing ability.
In the event of a waiting list, priority will be given to athletes’ CVs.
Each athlete will receive a bib which must be visible at all times.
A timing chip is provided together with the bib which will be checked at the start together with the mandatory equipment.
Marshals at the cut-off check points have the faculty to decide if an athlete is not fit to continue the race in which case, to collect the bib.
It is NOT permitted to continue the race without the bib. In case of dropping out, the athlete must advise a marshal at the nearest CP, keeping the bib for access to the cable car.
Rescue service is provided in collaboration with the National Mountain Rescue Service and the Guardia di Finanza.
Each athlete is directly responsible for their equipment during the race. At the race start in Alagna, the following kit is required: trail running shoes with snow gaiters, micro crampons, thermal socks, long tights, technical top, windproof jacket with hood, sun glasses, gloves and head gear.
Competitors may choose to carry water bottles or a 1 lt hydration pack.
Trail running poles are recommended.
Improper use of the equipment, or whatever action that may prejudice the safety of the team or other race participants will mean immediate disqualification.
Any claims must be presented to the Organising Committee within 15’ after finishing in writing and accompanied by a € 20 deposit. The decision of the Jury is final.
FRIDAY JUNE 16, 2023, PALAZZETTO DELLO SPORT, ALAGNA
10.00 Race office opening
Registration, bib and race bag pick up
18.00 Compulsory Briefing
19.00 Race office closure
SATURDAY JUNE 17, 2023, PIAZZA GROBER
6.00 Race office opening
8.00 Race office closure
8.30 Race start
10.00 Arrival of first athletes
Podium ceremony after top three men and women
11.00 Flower ceremony – Piazza Grober
15.00 Prize giving ceremony – Piazza Grober
NB: In case of changes in the programme no refund is available.
Cable car timetable will be published as soon as possible
CHECK POINT CUT-OFF TIMES
Two time limit check points and cut-off times are placed at:
• Bocchetta delle Pisse: 2h30′
• Overall time limit: 4h30′
Two results categories are recognised: overall MALE and overall FEMALE.
If the cut-off times are not met, the bib must be removed.
The time at the highest point reached will be registered in the final race results.
In case of deteriorating weather conditions during the race, the race director may decide to turn the race around. All competitors must immediately return to the finish line in Alagna. Also in this case, the results will be based on the highest point reached.
Prize money will be published as soon as possible
RESPONSIBILITY & INSURANCE
Race entry signifies the unconditional acceptance of the regulations as set out by the Race Director.
Personal insurance is mandatory.
Athletes without a federal license insurance that do not include this type of race are obliged to take out a license for insurance.
Athletes must check if their insurance includes this type of race.
Athletes without a federal license insurance that do not include this type of race are obliged to take out a license for insurance. Athletes must check if their insurance includes this type of race. An option for foreign athletes can be found here.
The Race Committee declines any responsibility for eventual accidents caused by athletes’ conduct not conforming to the regulations or to third parties on the course for whatever reason or for others including spectators on or off the course.
For any points not specifically provided for in the present regulations, the general ISF rules will prevail: www.skyrunning.com
AMA VK2 received the Certified Course Label by the International Skyrunning Federation and is listed among the 2023 Certified Courses.
This double Vertical Kilometer® is one of the most technical certified by the ISF, reaching technical level 3.
Parameters take into account for the technical evaluation are:
- Average incline
- Vertical climb
- Technical features and/or use of specific equipment