UTMB WORLD SERIES 2022 GROWS TO 20 RACES: EIGER, SNOWDONIA, VERBIER, RESTONICA & WILDSTRUBEL.
UTMB WORLD SERIES 2022 GROWS TO 20 RACES: EIGER, SNOWDONIA, VERBIER, RESTONICA & WILDSTRUBEL. Our CALENDAR 2022 today confirms five new events in the UNITED Kingdom, Corsica and Switzerland joining the UTMB World Series 2022.
The first eight events were announced months ago. A few days ago seven more were added. And today five new appointments arrive They add up to a total of twenty tests, for this 2022. We start by reviewing the interview with Catherinne Poletti by Abel and Mayayo, then we see the details.
UTMB WORLD SERIES 2022: CALENDAR 20 MOUNTAIN RACES
The UTMB World Series today confirmed 20 top-tier international events for its inaugural 2022 season, to be joined by more races before the end of the year, always with the total target of 30 planned since ancient times.
The UTMB World Series, which will debut in 2022, today confirmed five other exceptional events confirmed today in the UK, Corsica and Switzerland. According to the organization, the inaugural circuit will feature up to 30 events around the world with a calendar that runs throughout the year, including the UTMB® World Series Finals in August in Chamonix, the pinnacle of the trail running season.
UTMB WORLD SERIES 2022:
EIGER, SNOWDONIA, VERBIER, RESTONICA & WILDSTRUBEL.
In Switzerland – a country of skyscraper peaks, glaciers and forests that is a must-see destination for those who love trail running – three new events have been confirmed, each with its unique flavor. The famous Mount Eiger in Grindelwald will be the setting for the Eiger Ultra Trail by UTMB.
It is a race that will immerse runners in the natural beauty and challenging terrain of the Bernese Alps. Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard by UTMB®, Switzerland’s oldest ultra-endurance race and considered one of the most picturesque races in the Swiss Alps, joins the Series.
Alongside veteran Eiger comes a new event hosted by the Crans-Montana ski resort, Wildstrubel by UTMB®, which will give runners the opportunity to discover new regions and landscapes on an incredible journey around the Wildstrube massif.
In addition, the Ultra-Trail Snowdonia by UTMB® in Wales will become the first UTMB® World Series event in the UK, offering a technical tour through Britain’s most beautiful trails. In Corsica, the Restonica Trail by UTMB® will take runners on a journey along one of the world’s most famous trails, the GR20.
EIGER ULTRA TRAIL BY UTMB
Eiger Ultra Trail by UTMB.seeks to be a spectacular and unparalleled alpine experience The famous Mount Eiger, 3,970 meters above the city of Grindelwald, in south-central Switzerland, is the origin of myths and legends in the community of mountaineers and runners, thanks in part to its difficult and steep north face.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary from 15 to 17 July 2022, Eiger Ultra Trail by UTMB offers stunning panoramic views, including the remarkable Jungfrau-Aletsch, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and the longest glacier in the Alps.
From the 360-degree view from the Faulhorn at 2,680 m, to the last strides along the base of the north face of the Eiger, runners can expect an exceptional adventure with the distances of 101 km, 51 km, 35 km and 16 km, as well as a surprise race of approximately 10 km, a 51 km team race and a new 250 km team race.
Registration and the draw for the tenth anniversary edition are now open on the event’s website. Here all the Info about EIGER ULTRA TRAIL
ULTRA TRAIL SNOWDONIA BY UTMB
The most beautiful routes in the UK on the Ultra-Trail Snowdonia by UTMB®.
Among the mountainous areas of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, the Ultra-Trail Snowdonia by UTMB® promises to be the pinnacle of trail racing in the UK.
Runners can choose between three distances: 50 km, 100 km and the iconic 100 miles, the latter known as a “beautiful and brutal beast” that runs through the most remarkable peaks of North Wales.
The 2022 edition will take place from 1 to 3 July 2022 and registration will open in early December. For more information about this event, visit the website.
RESTONICA TRAIL BY UTMB
A unique Corsican atmosphere in Restonica Trail by UTMB® along the famous GR20
The GR20 – or grande randonnée – is a spectacular trail that winds along the spine of Corsica’s mountainous centre and is the highlight of much of the Restonica Trail by UTMB®.
Corsica, a Mediterranean island located southwest of the French mainland, is nicknamed “Island of Beauty” for its unique atmosphere and sublime landscapes, which Restonica Trail by UTMB® has in abundance. From the first step, runners begin the steep climb through dense pine forests, passing through stone villages and shepherds’ huts clinging to the mountains, skirting glacial lakes, traversing history in the island’s ancient capital, Corte, and following rivers and waterfalls as they head into the mountainous and rugged interior.
Restonica Trail by UTMB will host more than 1,500 runners in the four distances: 110 km, 69 km, 33 km and 17 km from 7 to 9 July.
TRAIL VERBIER SAINT-BERNARD BY UTMB®
One of the most technical races in Europe, Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard by UTMB®, offers a total immersion in the Swiss Alps, near the Mont-Blanc area Known for its inspiring landscapes, with glaciers and high ports, Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard by UTMB® offers constantly changing views of the Mont Blanc massif and several 4,000-meter Swiss peaks.
The glacial landscapes, the summit of Mont-Rogneux at more than 3,000 meters, a suspension bridge at the foot of the Grand Combin (4,314 meters) and the mythical and feared “wall” of the last climb of 1,200 meters before Verbier promise a varied and challenging route for runners. It’s pure Swiss style: authentic and uncompromising.
From 10 July 2022, runners will experience an extraordinary journey through some of the most beautiful terrain and mountain villages in the Valais region, situated on the Italian border.
Thousands of runners are expected to take the start at the famous ski resort of Verbier to live an adventure of 140 km, 76 km, 45 km and 26 km, traveling alpine trails, passing through glaciers and crossing mountain villages, in addition to passing through the historic monastery of the port of San Bernardo. Registration is now open on the event’s website.
WILDSTRUBEL BY UTMB
A new event, Wildstrubel by UTMB®, allows runners to discover new regions, landscapes and culture. Connecting the Swiss cantons of Valais and Bern, Wildstrubel by UTMB® will take runners on a magnificent journey through the Alps of northern Switzerland. Perfectly manicured mountain pastures await you, stunning views of the 4,000-metre peaks of the Valais, the stunning landscapes of the Bernese Oberland mountain range and the high mountains of the Wildstrubel massif.
This 106 km race will include 6,000 m of altitude in a route designed by Jean-Yves Rey, winner of the CCC® 2009. Runners will embark on a full tour of the Wildstrubel massif and plaine Morte glacier, traversing 2 cantons, 2 linguistic regions and 5 internationally renowned destinations: Crans-Montana, Leukerbad, Kandersteg, Adelboden and Lenk. Runners will traverse from one canton to another on a route that will take them through the legendary port of Gemmi (2,268 m) and Rawyl Pass (2,427 m), as well as the famous Alpine Way trail between Kandersteg and Lenk.
Wildstrubel by UTMB® will also offer a 50km run from Adelboden, as well as a 23km run from Leukerbad.
The Crans-Montana station, located on a plateau at 1,500 meters high and overlooking 40 summits that culminate at more than 4,000 meters of altitude, will host the first edition of Wildstrubel by UTMB® from September 8 to 11, 2022. Registrations will open during the first half of December.
UTMB WORLD SERIES 2022 CALENDAR
To date, 15 events have been confirmed to be part of the inaugural 2022 UTMB® World Series and more races will be announced in the coming weeks. To receive the latest news, you can register here.
We start with the PROVISIONAL calendar and continue now with more details.
UTMB® World Series Events 2022 (confirmed on 5th November 2021)
- Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB (New Zeland) 12Feb
- Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB (Australia) 12-15may
- Trail du Saint-Jacques by UTMB® (France), 11 june
- Mozart 100 by UTMB (Austria) 18jun
- La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail® by UTMB® (Italy), 23-26 june
- Trail 100 Andorra by UTMB® (Andorra), 24-26 june
- Val d’Aran by UTMB (Spain) 7-10JUL
- UTMB Mont-Blanc (Francia, Italia, Suiza) 22-28AUG
- Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB® (France), 22-25 september
- Puerto Vallarta México by UTMB® (México), october
- TransLantau by UTMB (Hong Kong), november
- Thailand by UTMB (Thailand) NOV
- Panda Trail by UTMB (China) dates to be confirmed
- Gaoligong by UTMB (China) Dates to be confirmed
UTMB WORLD SERIES: HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Already in recent years we saw UTMB modify the entry method for the UTMB races held in August in Chamonix that favored the finalists of the BY UTMB and UTWT races through the Running Stones and shortcuts, UTMB gives a twist and launches this project.
How does the new circuit work? The new circuit is self-presented in a big way, without complexes: “A revolution for sport that will unite the trail running community through a new integrated sports system open to all. Inspired by UTMB’s high standards, runners will be able to participate in the most beautiful events on the planet.”
IMPORTANT! This circuit will be the only way for riders to start their journey to Mont-Blanc, France, where the prestigious finals will take place. Undoubtedly, a model that Ironman has already applied for years with its mythical end in KONA. And that logically, it seeks to replicate now with CHamonix as a mecca of the world ultra trail.
The UTMB World Series seeks to be the dominant circuit of this sport. To this end, four categories have been defined: 20K, 50K, 100K, and 100M, based on km-effort.
UTMB INDEX: HOW IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK
Runners can register directly to the UTMB World Series Events and those with a valid UTMB Index will gain privileged access to register.
The UTMB index is based on the sport’s first ranking system and can be achieved by completing at least one UTMB® World Series Major, UTMB® World Series Event race or by participating in one of the thousands of UTMB® World Series Qualifier races around the world in the last 24 months.
The performance index created by Didier Curdy in 2014 is at the heart of the new UTMB World Series sports system. It has been applied first through ITRA and now from UTMB over the years. In this time, it has proven its relevance and quality.
The performance index will now be accessible only from the new website utmb.world. UTMB is completely separated from ITRA. It stops recognizing ITRA points and refers to its own UTMB points exclusively, both for the popular and the elite.
- Popular: It serves to pass the minimum access to be able to pay a bib, from 1 to 30 points (now renamed as “running stones”)
- Elites: elite They receive a courtesy number free of charge, if they exceed the set level, from 1 to 1,000 points. will continue to provide the level of performance of each rider participating in the UTMB World Series races.
IMPORTANT: UTMB NO LONGER RECOGNIZES ITRA POINTS.
The ITRA points that the races give to the popular will NOT be used to run in Chamonix. The ITRA ranking of elites will NO longer serve to achieve elite invitations to UTMB either.
UTMB INDEX: CAREER CATEGORIES AND PERFORMANCE INDEX
The performance index is calculated for each of the 4 racing categories of the UTMB World Series 20K, 50K, 100K and 100M.
A valid performance index is achieved by completing at least one UTMB World Series Major, UTMB World Series Event or UTMB World Series Qualifier race in the corresponding category in the last 24 months. Once a race category has been activated, all races from the last 36 months will be used to calculate the performance index.
Trail runners also receive an overall performance index calculated by combining results from all race categories. The overall performance index is available as soon as a valid performance index is achieved in a category: 20K, 50K, 100K and 100M.
UTMB INDEX: BENEFITS OF A PERFORMANCE INDEX
Runners with a valid performance index will have privileged access to register for a UTMB® World Series or UTMB® World Series Major event and will use their performance index to validate their entry into the lottery of the UTMB® World Series finals.
Privileged access * corresponds to:
- Exclusive pre-sale period
- Prices guaranteed for early booking
- Access to races on a first-come, first-served basis
* Excluding sold-out races where a draw will be organized. In the event of a tie, the subscription will be exclusive to the holders of the performance index.
In cases where the UTMB World Series Event organization or the UTMB World Series Major requires proof of previous racing experience, runners must demonstrate that they possess a valid performance index of 50K, 100K or 100M.
Check your Performance Index in utmb.world: Here is the example of our colleague Mayayo.
In utmb.world you will find the results of your most recent races and the update of your Performance Index based on your results. The consultation is free to access, but now you can create an account at no cost to access detailed statistics and link your broker registration to your account.
UTMB WORLD SERIES: HOW TO GET TO UTMB CHAMONIX
According to Xavi Pocino, director of UTMB World Series Iberia, on facebook CARRERASDEMONTANA:
To access the UTMB Montblanc of 2023 you will not ask for ITRA points, exclusively a UTMB “x” index. (you can look at your index on the previous website). Therefore, Val d’Aran will not give ITRA points.
The finishers of the Val d’Aran 2022, for example, do not have direct access, they get “x” Running Stones according to the distance.To be able to enter the draw of the UTMB Montblanc you need at least 1 running Stone. That is, to get these running stones in some event of the UTMB World Series. Like more Running Stones, more ballots for the draw.
All will have to go through the UTMB World Series in 2022. Including the tops.
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