ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2022 (MAY 29th): GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES & NATIONAL SERIES

ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2022 (MAY 29th): GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES & NATIONAL SERIES. Our  MOUNTAIN RACING CALENDAR 2022 celebrates its return, two years later as the inaugural race of the 2022 Golden Trail World Series.

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It will be held on MAY 29 and will feature Kilian Jornet, Maude Mathys, Nienke Brinkman, Oriol Cardona and Manuel Merillas, among others. In addition, it will form the Golden Trail National together with Louzantrail, Olla de Núria and Mitja Pirineu. This is how we lived the pass of the leaders in 2019, with Kilian in the lead.

ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2022 (MAY 29th):
GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES & NATIONAL SERIES

Two years later the iconic image will be repeated: that we have remembered above: That with the runners wrapped up, feverish and carried on wings on the ascent of Santo Spiritu. An image that is already part of the collective memory of the corremontes.

The most mediatic mountain marathon in Spain, the Zegama-Aizkorri, returns this 2022 with all the honors: being the inaugural event of the Golden Trail World Series and celebrating its 21st edition, which will not lack the best in the world.

There will be, on May 29, punctual to the appointment, athletes of the stature of Kilian Jornet, Remi Bonnet, Jonathan Albon, Oriol Cardona and Manuel Merillas. among others.

ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2022: THE FAVORITES.

Big names and great champions such as Kilian Jornet, Maude Mathys, Nienke Brinkman, Oriol Cardona and Manuel Merillas have been confrimed so far who this year will fight in Zegama to dominate in the 42,195 km and 5,472 m of accumulated difference in altitude against their rivals or against their own legend.

In the women’s category, the sporting spectacle will also be assured with the participation of Maude Mathys, Nienke Brinkman, Oihana Kortazar or the young promise Sara Alonso. And some questions will be revealed: Will the record woman Maude Mathys be able to lose the 4h34’27” of Maite Maiora? If she does, she will add a new record to those she has already achieved in the Pikes Peak Marathon and Sierre Zinal. The answer, on May 29.

THE RETURN OF THE KING: KILIAN JORNET

This is the case of Kilian Jornet, who will attend the event as the eternal defender of the title. His palmares includes neither more nor less than nine txapelas. He thus arrives on the hunt for his tenth victory in eleven participations. never seen As an extra incentive, Jornet may have between his eyebrows to break the record of the test that at the moment is still in the hands of Stain Angermund-Vik (3:45:08). It will not be easy, with rivals like Remi Bonnet, Jonathan Albon, Oriol Cardona and Manuel Merillas.

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CALENDAR SALOMON GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES 2022

  • 29th May: Zegama-Aizkorri, Spain
  • 26th June: Marathon du Mont-Blanc, France
  • 6th August: Stranda Fjord Trail Race, Norway
  • 13th August: Sierre-Zinal, Switzerland
  • 17th September: Pikes Peak Ascent, USA
  • 25th September: Flagstaff Sky Peaks, USA
  • 26th to 30 October: Grand Final, Madeira Ocean Trails®, Madeira.

The 2022 version will be anchored to the three mythical meetsZegama, The Basque Fever, the Marathon du Mont Blanc and its Rollercoaster, and the Fast and Furious Sierre-Zinal.

Then, the Series will discover new races, with an excursion to Norway, near to where Stian Angermund lives (the 2021 Series’ winner), to take part in the Stranda Fjord Trail Race, next heading to the USA for the Pikes Peak Ascent in Colorado, where they will offer a $10,000 prize reward for arriving under 2h, or under 2h21 for the women, and lastly, the Flagstaff Sky Peaks that will take us into the heart of the American trail-running community in Arizona.

 

GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES: PROMOTIONAL SALOMON CIRCUIT

Given the very strong promotional investment that Salomon dedicates every year to this project, the Salomon Golden Trail Series, like any corporate project, seeks to make the most of it. A strategy in which we have already seen brands like Red Bull triumph with their events.

Salomon does it in two parallel ways:

  • On the one hand, by attracting elite runners whose sponsors are rival brands of Salomon, to whom their payers nevertheless ask them to participate in these promotional events of the French brand.
  • On the other, adjusting the broadcasts towards an audience beyond mountain races, seeking to emulate those Redbull images already almost ubiquitous in any generalist channel.

The Golden Trail World Series, along with the athletes’ support, have decided to plan two trips with two competitions, in two-week slots on two different continents. This will give opportunities to Americans or Europeans to take only one intercontinental flight in the year by participating in a minimum of 3 races out of 6 (at least one race on their continent + two races, if needed, on another continent). “As a result, we are giving a bigger opportunity to North American runners to participate in our international series and we hope in the future to be able to also include Asia“, concludes Grégory Vollet.

SALOMON GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES 2022: POINTS CALCULATION.

As is logical in a commercial circuit, the scoring system varies this year, according to the interests of the organizing brand.
In this case, to determine the winners of the GTWS 2022 all the results will be counted. Points will be doubled in each race, 200 points for the winners.

So, it is vital to go to accounts more races better to score always, Something that Salomon athletes will appreciate, of course they have the support of the brand for everything. Athletes who charge from other brands also receive partial support on a case-by-case basis. You can read the details on the circuit’s official website.

And of course, everything will still be alive for the Grand Final in stages: There will be 100 points the aue will be distributed each day among the winners of each stage, plus sections to stopped clock that will entail 50 points. This way they can potentially score up to 450 points during the week.


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