Ultra Trail World Tour 2018 includes again Spain´s Transgrancanaria and Penyagolosa, while Diagonale des Fous exits the series.
On January 27th, 2018 Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon will launch the new season of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour. This will be the guaranty to welcome again runners to discover authentic races and strengthen the roots of UTWT series with all the organizers involved. The 2017 edition crowned François d´Haene and Andrea Huser as winners.
As for 2018 the tour comes down for the upcoming season with two main differences: Ultra-Trail du Mont Fuji® (Japan), canceled last year due to extreme weather conditions, is back in April. The Ultra-Trail® World Tour is pleased about this logical reintegration. The Diagonale des Fous and Trail de Bourbon will no longer be on the calendar. Let us celebrate the 2017 winners with the vidoe of winners arrivals at Chamonix after UTMB and then move on to details of the 2018 calendar.
ULTRA TRAIL WORLD TOUR 2018 CALENDAR:
According to the organizers, this 2018 edition will once again be an invitation to travel and to surpass oneself, both for elite runners and amateurs. Much as it happened with its rival the Skyrunnner World Series which came down this year from 23 to 18 races, the UTWT also sizes down this year as its says goodbye Diagonale des Fous. On the other hand it yet maintains its presence on the five continents where in fact the 2017 calendar is yet to finish. Indeed, the Ultra-Trail Cape Town (South Africa) (December, 2nd 2017) will close the 2017 edition. Andrea Huser and François d’Haene are already sure to win the annual UTWT ranking.
As for the relevance of each race, the same 4 categories will remain with SERIES BONUS at top of the game, followed by SERIES, then PRO and finally least important of all as for the victory raking will be the CHALLENGER. From a spanish perspective it must be noted that both Transgrancanaria and Penyagolosa Trails remain for 2018, albeit the former with SERIES status, while the later is just a CHALLENGER race.
See full schedule below
|1||January, 27th||Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon||Hong Kong, China||100 km||PRO|
|2||February, 10th||Tarawera Ultramarathon||New Zealand||102 km||PRO|
|3||February, 21-25th||Transgrancanaria HG®||Spain||125 km||SERIES|
|4||April, 6-8th||Patagonia Run||Argentina||160 km||CHALLENGER|
|5||April, 6-8th||100 Miles of Istria Ultratrail||Croatia||169 km||CHALLENGER|
|6||April, 6-16th||Marathon des Sables||Morocco||250 km – 6 stages||SERIES BONUS|
|7||April, 27-29th||Ultra-Trail® Mt. Fuji||Japan||170 km||PRO|
|8||April, 28th||MIUT® Madeira Island Ultra-Trail®||Portugal||115 km||PRO|
|9||May, 10-13th||Penyagolosa Trails HG®||Spain||109 km||CHALLENGER|
|10||May, 17-20th||Ultra-Trail® Australia||Australia||100 km||PRO|
|11||June, 16th||mozart 100®||Austria||102 km||CHALLENGER|
|12||June, 22nd||The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail||Italy||120 km||SERIES|
|13||June, 23rd||Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run||California, USA||161 km||SERIES|
|14||July, 13-15th||Eiger Ultra-Trail®||Switzerland||101 km||PRO|
|August, 27th – September, 2nd||TDS®
|France, Italy, Switzerland||119 km
|18||September, 7-8th||Ultra-Trail® Harricana||Canada||125 km||CHALLENGER|
|19||October, 20-21st||Cappadocia Ultra-Trail®||Turkey||114 km||CHALLENGER|
|20||October, 27-28th||Javelina Jundred||Arizona, USA||161 km||CHALLENGER|
|21||December, 1st||Ultra-Trail® Cape Town||South Africa||100 km||CHALLENGER|
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