Introducing an exciting new event on the Cyprus trail running calendar – the Sea-to-Sky Trail Ultra.
The ultra will start at midnight on Friday November 19/Saturday 20 on the beach at Alaminos and then head across the hills and mountains up to the highest point on the Troodos mountain range, before dropping down to finish at the Jubilee Hotel in Troodos Total distance is 130.7 km, elevation gain 6,230m+
We will offer three separate races on November 20, 2021, each with its own distinctive characteristics:
1. Sea-to-Sky Extreme. Runners cover the entire distance within a 32-hour period. We have been awarded 5 UTMB points for this race, which has also been listed as a UTMB World Series 100 miler qualifier.
The route follows pathways and tracks — and some asphalt when it goes through picturesque mountain traditional villages. The course is an exciting tour of rural Cyprus, taking in wheat fields, vineyards, orchards, river courses, tracks alongside dams, a pilgrimage site, historical UNESCO buildings, forests, mountain pathways and goat tracks.
It traverses four peaks: Kionia, Papoutsa, Madari and Shionistra (Mt Olympus)
2. Sea-to-Sky Relay: Teams of up to five cover the 130km route, with changeover points about every 25-30km. The race will start at the same time as the extreme ultra.
3. Middle Earth to Sky Challenge. Starting at Palaichori and following the second-half route of the ultra, this is a 54km separate race that will take place on the same day as the extreme and relay races (November 20). Starting time is 7am with an 11-hour cut-off time. It traverses three peaks: Papoutsa, Madari, and Shionistra (Mt Olympus). We have been awarded 3 UTMB points for this race, and it has been listed as a qualifier for the UTMB World Series 50km challenge.
The route has been tracked on a Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, generously provided by Garmin Cyprus.
Entries for all races will open in September — date to be announced.