Saturday, August 6th
18 km - 800 m vertical
Bønntuva Skyrace is an introduction to the concept of skyrunning. You can enjoy the course as a racer, or as a hiking tour to enjoy and the beauty of the mountains of Tromsø.
2 aid stations: Fjellheisen (5 km and 10 km)
The aid station will provide a limited selection of fruit and bars.
Water will be provided, but there are no cups. You will only be able to fill your own cup/bottle that you carry with you. We encourage athletes to fill water in brooks along the way instead of at the aid station (much more efficient!).
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE:
The race starts and finishes by the sea in Tromsø’s city center at Clarion Hotel The Edge. The first 3km follows the streets and over the bridge to the mainland. By the edge of the city, the first climb starts on a good trail that brings you up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) at 420 m.a.s.. The trail follows a more gradual route than the most popular trail via the Sherpa steps. There is an aid station at the Fjellheisen. Once above the tree line, terrain is mainly meadows patched with rocky areas. From the cable car you ascend to the summit cairn by “Fløya”. The course then drops slightly before climbing gradually to the summit of Bønntuva. Here you will loop around the large cairn, and then head back the same way. The run down from Bønntuva, Fløya and the cable car can be great fun as the terrain is open or soft path. If you are not aiming for speed, then the views of Tromsdalstind on one side, and the city of Tromsø on the other side, are very impressive. You can also enjoy a full panorama of the island of Kvaløya and the many peaks surrounding Tromsø. You will return to the finish by the same route as the ascent. Your last “hill” will be the climb over the bridge, before following the streets and shoreline to finish at The Edge Hotel.