More than 17,000 fans of mountain sports and nature were able to enjoy a weekend packed full of activities that did not disappoint all those who made their way to Vall de Boí.
An extraordinary setting played host, for the third year, to a magical event, and the rainy weather couldn’t even detract from the incredible activities and competitions.
The Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series: plenty of suspense until the very end
The third day of the festival began at eight in the morning with a selection of the finest skyrunners on the starting line of the BUFF® Epic Trail 42K, proving that today's SuperSky event was one of the most important skyrunning races of the season, with points counting towards the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series. The day began with the threat of storms, potentially hampering or modifying the course of the race. After a hard-fought race and plenty of rotations at the front in both categories, Sheila Avilés, Johanna Åström and Holly Page, for the women, and Oriol Cardona, Jonathan Albon and Zaid Ait Malek, for the men, took the top three spots, meaning that both titles were clinched by local runners. Of particular note was the seventh place finish of Zach Miller, which for his first time participating in the skyrunning discipline was remarkable.
For those new to trailrunning, the BUFF® Epic Trail 12K began at nine thirty in the morning with a less demanding, but no less magnificent route through the lower part of the Vall de Boí. The event brought the sixth edition of the BUFF® Epic Trail to a close.
Although the star of the festival is the BUFF® Epic Trail, mountain races and mountain biking also had their moment with the fourth round of the 2019 Scott Marathon Cup, a race in which more than 300 riders participated, heading through the Vall de Boí from Barruera to the Boí Taüll ski resort with two options – 28 km and 48 km – for riders in the PRO or OPEN discipline.
Mountains, sport and family, the main protagonists
Mountains, sport, culture, gastronomy and family are all the main ingredients of the BUFF® Mountain Festival. But the fun didn’t stop there as the thousands of visitors who attended were also able to enjoy a variety of activities including yoga, Nordic Walking, paragliding, rafting, orienteering workshops and via ferratas.
“The BUFF® Mountain Festival is essential for promoting a region with spectacular nature and very important cultural heritage, such as the Romanesque architecture of Vall de Boí”, said the Mayor of Vall de Boí, Sònia Bruguera. For his part, Sergi Muñoz, the representative of Original BUFF®, the event’s main sponsor, stressed that “there is no better place than Vall de Boí to celebrate this festival”.
Vall de Boí: potential venue of the 2020 Skyrunning World Championships
Next year’s edition of southern Europe’s great family-oriented mountain festival could be yet more spectacular, if that is even possible, as it is a candidate to host the 2020 Skyrunning World Championship.