The red and the yellow of the Spanish flag are the colours dominating the 14^ edition of the Dolomites Sklyrace. From Spain, in fact, are four runners among the first six ones and the first two women ranked in the final classifications of this third leg of the World Series that took place in Val di Fassa. The Castilian athlete Luis Alberto Hernando Alzaga climbed onto the highest step of the podium, followed by the Aragonese Miguel Caballero Ortega and the Italian Michele Tavernaro, in the third position. Mireia Mirò, from Catalunia and 2011 Mountaineering Ski World Champion, led the race almost from the start and ranked first, followed closely by Ohiana Kortazar from Euskadi and the American Brandy Erholtz.
These are the final results of a really special edition of the Dolomites Skyrace, characterized by terrible weather conditions that really worried the race director and the whole Organizing Committee. At night the snow limit, in fact, was still above 2.000 m but, starting from Sunday’s early morning, it dropped down to 1.700 m level, forcing the race director to completely change the route of the race. Piz Boè and Forcella Pordoi were no safe enough for the athletes. Therefore a totally different track of 23 km, instead of the original one of 22 km, was prepared and signalled in less than one hour!
From the start line in Canazei, 609 runners began their adventure towards Passo Pordoi, running all around the Sass Becè where a snow blizzard welcomed the athletes, before starting their descent towards Pian Schiavaneis first and Lupo Bianco right after. In Passo Pordoi the final ranking was almost already determined: Hernando leading the race, followed right after by Caballero, Larger, Tavernaro, Dapit, Mamleev and Castañer while Mireia Mirò was the first female with an advantage of 20 seconds on Ohiana Kortazar. From Passo Pordoi the athletes reached Lupo Bianco after one hour of cold temperatures, snow and heavy rain. The race continued with no big changes in ranking, a part from Mamleev who sightly lost ground on the first three positions. From Lupo Bianco, along the climb towards Passo Sella (at 2.218 mt), with an altitude difference of 450 mt, Hernando kept his first position always followed by Caballero, Tavernaro and Castañer, overtaken again by Mamleev, who finally crossed the finish line in fourth position. Tavernaro, surrounded by the strongest Spanish athletes, hanged on until the end to keep his third position. All covered with mud, the top runners crossed the finish line: Hernando in 1 hour, 50 minutes and 55 seconds, 10 seconds less than Caballero, winner of the last edition of the Stava Skyrace, and less than 1 minute on Michele Tavernaro. Mikhail Mamleev closed his race almost 2 minutes later, followed by Tofol Castañer and Sociates, both athletes from Catalonia. Only other two Italians are included in the top ten classification: Giovanni Tacchini , ranked eighth with a delay of 6 minutes, and Fulvio Dapit who closed his performance tenth in ranking, 7 minutes later than the first one. Paolo Larger, winner of the last year’s edition of the Dolomites Skyrace, ranked 14th because of a less technical track and a not proper physical condition, considering such a demanding race and such terrible weather conditions.
Mireia Mirò won in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds, with an advantage of 4 minutes on Oihana Kortazar and 5 minutes and a half on the American runner Brandy Erholtz. Zhanna Vokueva closed her race in fourth position while the World Champion Emanuela Brizio was fifth in the final ranking but kept the lead of the Female World Series, together with Mamleev, leading the Male World Series with 284 points, followed by Hernando (278) and Olabarria (218).
To point out the 87^ position of Sumping Safrey, from Malaysia, hosted by the local Committee to welcome a nation where another leg of the World Series takes place.
The Memorial Diego Perathoner Prize was assigned to the first man and woman athlete ranked in both the races created by the unforgotten Diego Perathoner: the Sellaronda Skimarathon and the Dolomites Skyrace. Giovanni Tacchini and Nadia Scola, a local athlete, won this special prize of great importance as far as the emotional point of view, to remind the great sporting creativity and passion that always inspired Diego.
The 14^ edition of the Dolomites Skyrace will be remembered by the Organizing Committee and by all the volunteers involved as one of the hardest one to bring to an end. A hard challenge to face that turned out to be a great success both for the athletes and for all the people who struggled for the athletes’ safety.