The Vertical Kilometer is a classical discipline of the Skyrunning. It is defined by a 1000 m vertical climb over a distance, not exceeding 5 km in length.
The route of the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus leads from Azau Glade to "Mir"-Station. Participation in the Vertical Kilometer® is obligatory for qualification for competitors of the speed races up to the summit of Mt. Elbrus: SkyMarathon® - Mt. Elbrus and Skyrace® - Mt. Elbrus.
The Vertical Kilometer, maybe the most popular discipline in Skyrunning, was added to the program of the Red Fox Elbrus Race in the year 2010. It was then, that for the first time in Russian Skyrunning history a Vertical Kilometer Race was hold, the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus (2450-3450 м).
Its route leads from Azau Glade 2450 m to "Mir"-Station at 3450 m, which makes the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus the world's highest race in this discipline. The Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus was included in the Skyrunner® World Series Trials 2010 and, within the Red Fox Elbrus Race, enabled Russian athletes to achieve points in the international rating of Skyrunning competitions. Since 2012/2013 the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus is part of the Skyrunner® World Series. And up till now, it is the highest Vertical Kilometer race in the world!
Since 2014 the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus is a part of the Russian Skyrunning Championship. And since 2016 it is also a a part of the international "Victory Cup", a competition of Skyrunning among the army.
3D view of the route of the Vertical Kilometer® - Mt. Elbrus