The 2019 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit is composed of eight races in eight countries. The Circuit is sanctioned by the International Skyrunning Federation and is open to individual runners and teams.

Race entry

The VKWC competitions are open to runners of at least 18 years of age* in possession of a medical certificate valid for the law of the country where the race is held. Competitors declare they have read and accept these rules and the general ISF rules.

*(The age limit may be lower, depending on organisers’ entry regulations).

VKWC participants’ requests for slots or free entry should be made direct to VKWC. The VKWC will provide the organisers with the final selection. Athletes will be informed of their status. Any payments and arrangements for accommodation should be made direct with the organisers.

Race status

Three races during the season will receive a special “Bonus VK” status rewarding 50% more points.

The aim of this status is to gather the best runners on the start lines of some pre-selected races.

The end of season ranking will determine the best male and female VK runners in the World.

Titles & prizes

Titles and prizes are awarded to individual Skyrunners based on the sum of the five best results. The 2019 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit End of Season Bonus Pool is €10,000 (euros).


In order for an athlete to be eligible for the Bonus Pool, they must:

  • Take part in a minimum of three Series’ races including at least one “Bonus VK” Race.
  • Attend the prize giving ceremony at the last race of the season in Cholonge, France

Competitors’ rules

It is compulsory for all competitors to adhere to the rules and the local race rules, to observe good sportsmanship towards the other competitors, organisers, public and representatives.

Clothing and equipment

Competitors must wear and/or carry the clothing or equipment required by the race organisers’ rules.

In addition to individual race rules it may be necessary to include the use of tights, gloves, windproof jackets, hydration packs, helmets, sunglasses, etc depending on the course and/or weather conditions. The compulsory or recommended need for these materials must be displayed before each race and explained in the pre-race briefing. The use of racing poles is regulated by each race organiser either by allowing their use for the entire race, in a specific section, or even prohibiting their use. The points must be protected.


Winners or Champions must remain on the podium/stage to receive any awards assigned to them.

ISF rules

See full ISF Skyrunning Rules:

Scoring and prizes