THE FIRST long-distance endurance race held far above ground level was held in Bratislava on the weekend of May 21 and 22 and the nonpareil event has now been registered in the Book of Slovak Records.
The runs of 12 and 24 hours followed a route around the roof perimeter of the building of public broadcaster Slovak Radio, often called the inverted pyramid. Five runners participated in the full-day category and seven in the half-day category. Altogether, the 12 participants completed more than 5,000 laps of the 22 metre long route, running more than 1,100 kilometres altogether.
Because of its unusual venue, the Sky Run made it into the Book of Slovak Records in the category of sport events organised at extreme places. The goal for the individual athletes was to run as many kilometres as possible within their 12 or 24-hour time periods.
The winner of the 12-hour run was Ado Oroš from Slovakia, who was the only contestant who managed to cover 100 kilometres within 12 hours. The most successful foreign competitor was Radek Dočekal from the Czech Republic who ran 96.3 kilometres and finished second in the 12-hour category.
The 24-hour run was won jointly by two Slovaks, Slavomír Glesk and Jozef Rajchl, who both ran 151.6 kilometres, or 674 laps.
7. Jun 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff