SANTANA VER­TI­CAL KILO­ME­TER, MADEIRA

Trail Running (UK) - - Off- Road Racing -

If you want a test­ing 5km race, then try the Santana Ver­ti­cal Kilo­me­ter that takes place dur­ing the Madeira Sky Run­ning Week­end. Start­ing from Vale de Lapa (780m) in the heart of a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site lau­rel for­est and form­ing part of the Ver­ti­cal Kilo­me­ter World Cir­cuit, this race packs a lung-bust­ing 1003m of as­cent into its 4.8km course. The early parts will have you work­ing at max­i­mum ef­fort on se­vere gra­di­ents, then just when you think it can’t get any tougher, the fi­nal part of the climb con­sists of a steep and tech­ni­cal via fer­rata sec­tion to reach the sum­mit of En­c­umeada Alta at 1787m. The re­ward for that ex­er­tion is the stun­ning panoramic view across the high­est peaks of this At­lantic is­land.

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