Shanghai Running Magazine Volume 3 - Page 32

Dali Ultra SkyMarathon®  Yunnan, China by Olya Korzh, Team Salomon Hong Kong a nice collection of goodies from the sponsors and organizers. An emergency blanket, a whistle, a cool Li-Ning shirt, a Buff, a few other gifts and four (!) Snickers bars, all packed in a bright green Li-Ning bag. Woop woop! The night before the race, an informative race briefing conducted in Chinese provided us with good gear tips, photos of the race route and safety instructions. Those who did not understand Chinese could easily find a helpful friend or volunteer to assist with interpretation. The 2nd edition of Dali Ultra SkyMarathon®, the first SkyRunning race in China and part of the Skyrunner® Series, took place on May 24 in the town of Dali, a famous tourist destination of Yunnan province. China Skyrunning Association, race director Yu Lei and the large team of organizers and volunteers put a lot of hard work into planning and organizing this event and made it a true success. The race had three options of 100K, 50K and 10K with enough choice to suite every runner. With Yishan100 still in my legs from just one week before, I opted for 50K this time. Before the race each participant received a race pack containing 32 The race for all participants, over 800 local and international runners, started at 8 o’clock in the morning near the Golden Wing Bird statue in the Three Pagodas area of down town Dali, with the air temperature climbing up to near 30 degrees and clear skies promising a hot day. The First section was about 10 km long and went through Dali town, providing entertainment for the locals and cheers for the runners. About 10km into the race, CP1 offered water, drinks and snacks, followed by a long gruelling climb from about 1800 m to 4092 m altitude. Before the race I was debating whether to use hiking poles or not and finally decided to leave them in the hotel. It was the right decision as the trail turned out to be too steep and in parts too technical to make good use of hiking poles. I remember this section as a “social climb” – we were climbing up in steady modest pace, saving energy, still fresh and © Shanghai Running 2014 happy to chit-chat. I made a few new friends during