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The Yading Skyrun® begins in the centre of the Yading’s Shangri-La. After 3.5km of gradual downhill on a dirt track, the race hits its lowest point of 2860m before the real fun begins. Passing by a small charming village, runners hit single track which hugs the glacier-fed river through alpine forests and rugged vegetation.
The race continues uphill the whole time while crisscrossing the river four times over rugged wooden bridges to top out at a col strewn with multi-coloured Buddhist prayer flags. Here runners will have hit an altitude of 4,600m. Unlike previous years, there’s a higher peak to climb though, and with an additional journey to Yading. This race will be like no other!
When does it take place?
- May – please check the race website for this year’s exact dates.
Where does the race start?
- Yading, Sichuan – China
Yading SkyRun Profile
- Distance = 32 km
- Elevation Gain = 2819m
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Recommended Gear for this race
Compulsory Gear for the Yading SkyRun
As an official SKYRUNNING WORLD SERIES event this event attracts many elites. It’s quite often the preference of elites to run light. As such, mandatory equipment for this event is limited, however, we strongly suggest you take with you, in addition to the limited mandatory equipment, the following recommended items.
- Hydration Pack (Men’s / Women’s)
- Capacity to carry 1L of water
- Lightweight wind jacket
- Hiking poles
- Extra nutrition (gels, bars, etc.)
Please visit the race organizer’s website to check you have all items on the list of mandatory gear.