SANTANA VERTICAL KILOMETER, MADEIRA
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.