Ultra-Trail World Tour 2019 AWARDS: Capell and Dauwalter win Ultra-Trail World Tour 2019 titles.
Pau Capell and Courtney Dauwalter have been crowned 2019 champions of the Ultra-Trail World Tour at an end-of-season awards ceremony hosted in the heart of Paris.
Spanish star Pau Capell secured his second successive Ultra-Trail World Tour annual title with first places in both the Transgrancanaria HG and the UTMB, which he won by a resounding 48 minutes. Meanwhile American athlete Courtney Dauwalter also triumphed at the UTMB and the Madeira Island Ultra-Trail to improve on her third place of 2018. Both athletes also topped their cumulative UTWT World Ranking tables.
Let’s begin with a video of the women’s celebration
ULTRA-TRAIL WORLD TOUR 2019 AWARDS: WIN FOR CAPELL AND DAUWALTER
A delighted Pau Capell took the 2019 title ahead of Jiasheng Shen from China. Xavier Thevenard from France and Spain’s Pablo Villa were joint third.
Speaking at the ceremony Capell said: “2019 has been a fantastic year for me. Thanks to my victories at the Transgrancanaria HG, Patagonia Run, Mozart100 and UTMB, I became Ultra-Trail World Tour Champion this year. I am very happy and honored to have received the 2019 trophy and I’m really looking forward to give my all in 2020. The new calendar includes races that I would like to run like Transgrancanaria HG and UTMB, so in the next few weeks I will devote myself to gather the energy and motivation necessary to face the new challenges.”
Courtney Dauwalter, who won three Ultra-Trail World Tour races this year (Tarawera Ultramarathon, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail and UTMB), secured the women’s title ahead of fellow American Kaytlyn Gerbin and Spain’s Maite Maiora. “I had a blast taking part in the Ultra-Trail® World Tour in 2019! Thank you to the race directors, athletes and to Ultra-Trail® World Tour for coming together to create a series of races that showcase beautiful destinations and tough competition. I am grateful to have had these opportunities to both push myself physically and to also learn about the world. It looks to be an exciting new calendar in 2020 and I can’t wait to be part of it!”, said Dauwalter.
2019 UTWT MEN’S RANKING
- Pau Capell/SPA/2600 (also 1st World Ranking UTWT Men)
- Jiasheng Shen/CHN/1865
- Xavier Thevenard /FRA & Pablo Villa/SPA/1824
2019 UTWT WOMEN’S RANKING
- Courtney Dauwalter/USA/2300
- Kaytlyn Gerbin/USA/1774
- Maite Maiora/SPA/1750
ULTRA-TRAIL WORLD TOUR 2020: NEW CIRCUIT FOR 2020
The Ultra-Trail World Tour 2019 Awards Ceremony – presented by Volvic – also saw the announcement of significant improvements for the 2020 Ultra-Trail World Tour season which will feature an expanded, simplified and unified race calendar, involving all historical events alongside new venues in China, France, Spain, Russia and Oman. A simplified scoring system and a new permanent and rolling ranking will also be introduced on January 1st next year.
Also taking center stage at the Awards was the announcement that next season will see an expanded calendar featuring no fewer than 28 events, with new courses joining established and iconic races like the Vibram Hong-Kong 100, Transgrancanaria HG, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, Ultra-Trail Australia, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, Western State100-Mile Endurance Run and UTMB Mont-Blanc (UTMB, TDS and CCC).
The first new addition to the calendar arrives in March with the Gaoligong by UTMB in China, while 2020 will now conclude in December in the Sultanate of Oman, with Oman by UTMB extending the season beyond November’s Ultra-Trail Cape Town, the 2019 finale. Watch the 2020 season calendar here.
Equally important are the changes announced to the ranking and points systems. From January 1st the existing World and Annual rankings will be unified into a single ranking based on each athlete’s best four Ultra-Trail World Tour results over a rolling 24 month period.
Runners need to have taken part in a minimum of four Ultra-Trail World Tour races in the last 24 months to be included, with the overall ranking recalculated from the new results from each completed event. On January 1st 2020 the single Ultra-Trail World Tour ranking will be based on results between January 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019. The first update will follow the Vibram Hong-Kong 100, the opening race of the 2020 season.
Ultra-Trail World Tour Executive Director Marie Sammons outlined the purpose of the changes: “The improvements we are introducing for the Ultra-Trail World Tour are founded on four solid pillars: continuity, unity, openness and simplification. The continuity comes from the re-engagement of all the major races which have been such a core and vital part of our journey since 2013, while our unity is enhanced by the inclusion of three events supported ‘by UTMB’ in Gaoligong, Val d’Aran and Oman. I am also delighted to confirm that all the races on the circuit have committed for the next three years, until the end of 2022. In addition, we have also opened the Ultra-Trail World Tour to new, key markets, with added events now taking place in China, France, Spain, Russia and Oman. Finally, we have sought to simplify the ranking points scoring system by reducing the number of levels to four (vs. 5 in 2019), namely UTWT 500, UTWT 1000, UTWT 1500 and UTWT 2000. In 2020 one event will be granted the UTWT 2000 status –UTMB at the end of August – with guaranteed prize money for the top 10 men and women and an increase in media coverage.”
Sammons added: “All these improvements are clearly focused on making sure the Ultra-Trail® World Tour has the best ultra-distance trail running races in the world, the ones that excite and appeal to the fast-growing community of athletes, fans, media, sponsors and race directors. On top of that, Ultra-Trail World Tour is tripling the prize money for the top 10 men and women at the end of the year and, at the same time, the circuit will invest to implement the Quartz health-prevention programme on all its races.”
Also unveiled for regular participants on the Ultra-Trail World Tour are the introduction of an e-passport (by the summer 2020), which will open the door to a number of benefits for the runners, and ‘Running Stones’ which are designed to fast-track entry to the heavily over-subscribed UTMB Mont-Blanc races. Starting in January 2020 runners who complete Ultra-Trail® World Tour races will be awarded Running Stones (1 Running Stone per ITRA point), which can be retained and used to gain direct entry to UTMB Mont-Blanc races, avoiding the lottery.
UTWT RACES 2020 (race/country/points/date)
- Vibram® Hong-Kong 100/Hong-Kong/UTWT 1500/17.01.2020
- Tarawera Ultramarathon/New Zealand/UTWT 1000/08.02.2020
- Transgrancanaria HG/Spain/UTWT 1500/04.03.2020
- Gaoligong by UTMB®/China/UTWT 1000/23.03.2020
- Patagonia Run/Argentina/UTWT 500/04.04.2020
- 100 Miles of Istria/Croatia/UTWT 1000/17.04.2020
- Penyagolosa Trails HG/Spain/UTWT 1000/18.04.2020
- Ultra-Trail® Mount Fuji/Japan/UTWT 1000/24.04.2020
- Madeira Island Ultra-Trail®/Portugal/UTWT 1500/25.04.2020
- Whalers’ Great Route Ultra-Trail/Portugal/UTWT 500/08.05.2020
- Ultra-Trail® Australia/Australia/UTWT 1500/16.05.2020
- VVX Volvic-Volcanic Experience/France/UTWT 500/22.05.2020
- Mozart100®/Austria/UTWT 1000/20.06.2020
- Lavaredo Ultra Trail/Italy/UTWT 1500/26.06.2020
- Western State®100-Mile Endurance Run /USA/UTWT 1500/27.06.2020
- Val d’Aran by UTMB®/Spain/UTWT 500/03.07.2020
- Eiger Ultra-Trail®/Switzerland/UTWT 1000/19.07.2020
- Golden Ring Ultra-Trail®/Russia/UTWT 500/19.07.2020
- TDS® (UTMB® Mont-Blanc)/France-Italy-Switzerland/UTWT 1000/26.08.2020
- UTMB® (UTMB® Mont-Blanc)/France-Italy-Switzerland/UTWT 2000/28.08.2020
- CCC® (UTMB® Mont-Blanc)/France-Italy-Switzerland/UTWT 1500/28.08.2020
- Harricana Ultra-Trail®/Canada/UTWT 500/13.09.2020
- Trans Jeju/Korea/UTWT 500/10.10.2020
- Ultra-Trail® Ninghai/China/UTWT 500/17.10.2020
- Cappadocia Ultra-Trail®/Turkey/UTWT 1000/17.10.2020
- Javelina Jundred/USA/UTWT 500/31.10.2020
- Ultra-Trail® Cape Town/South Africa/UTWT 1000/28.11.2020
- Oman by UTMB®/Sultanate of Oman/UTWT 500/03.12.2020