VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022 (8-10JULY) RACES AND FAVORITES
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022 (8-10JULY) RACES AND FAVORITES. Our UTMB WORLD SERIES bring us today the preview and the favourites of the Val d’Aran by UTMB that will be hosted on 8-11 July in the Spanish Pyrenees.
It will be the European final of the UTMB World Series and can be followed live through UTMB Live. We start by remembering the 2021 video.
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022 (8-10JULY) RACES AND FAVORITES.
It took more than two years to celebrate because the pandemic got in its way, but eventually Val d’Aran by UTMB became a reality. The first edition of the event, held in July 2021, managed to bring together 3,116 runners from 62 different nationalities. ARAN BY UTMB 2021
The second edition, which will be held from 7 to 10 July in the Val d’Aran, exceeds the previous figures. There will be more than 3,700 runners from more than 70 different countries such as France, UK, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Hong Kong, Japan, Egypt or Vietnam, will meet in one of the most important trail events in Europe.
Val d’Aran by UTMB was one of the first events to join the UTMB® World Series and, with only one edition, it has become the European final of the circuit, being one of the two UTMB® World Series Majors that will be in the world in 2022, in the absence of a new American appointment for 2023 being confirmed.
Being a Major event means that, in addition to having a significant prize pool, the top ten men and the top ten women of each Val d’Aran by UTMB® race will get a direct place in the UTMB® World Series Finals, in the equivalent category, which will be held in Chamonix.
The fact of becoming UTMB® World Series Major together with Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB®, in Thailand, and being the European final of the UTMB® World Series is undoubtedly a great claim for runners, since it is the main access route to participate in the OCC®, the CCC®, or the UTMB®, which each year receive more than 30,000 bib applications and are held at the end of August in Chamonix.
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022: THE RACES
The Val d’Aran is an area full of history. Border with France, it has a unique climate, perpetual snows, exquisite gastronomy, language uniqueness and a strong cultural heritage. Whatever the distance, the organization has tried that the participants of the different tests discover the most striking of the Valley formed in 95% of its territory by pure nature, willing to be trapped by the grandeur of its imposing mountains. As an extra, the finalists of the three ultras included in Val d’Aran by UTMB® will earn UTMB points.
TORN DERA VAL D’ARAN – VDA 161 KM| 10.200M+
161 km and 10,200 meters of positive slope and 10,200 negative. It is the flagship race of Val d’Aran by UTMB®. It starts on Friday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m. in Vielha.
CAMINS D’HÈR – CDH 105 KM| 6.100M+
105 Km, 6,100 meters of positive slope and 5,800 negative, leaves the town of Les that same Friday at 6:00 in the morning.
PEADES D’AIGUA – PDA 55 KM| 3.300M+
Peades d’Aigua is Footsteps of Water in the local language. 55 km, with 3,300 of positive slope and 3,700 negative, changes its place of departure that, in this edition, will be located in the town of Salardú, on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 am.
SKY BAQUEIRA BERET – 15 KM 800M+
An ideal race to enjoy the views of the entire valley.It will take place on Saturday, July 9 in Beret from 9:30 am. , the Sky runs through the Parros valley to Cap de Clòsos (2,418m) to offer one of the best views of the Val d’Aran. In addition, it ascends to the Cap dera Sèrra (2,248m), from where you can see the central mountains of the Pyrenees with the Aneto in the background. Companions can climb the Blanhiblar chairlift to cheer on the runners while having a coffee at the Pàrrec de Blanhiblar.
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022: THE FAVOURITES
With regard to the Spanish national elites, the event will be attended by renowned runners such as Andreu Simón, Maite Maiora, Jordi Gamito, Marta Molist, Mario Olmedo, Pablo Villalobos, among others.
On the international scene, names such as the Chinese Yanqiao Yun, the French Germain Grangier, the Hong Kong Ho Chung Wong, the Argentine Santos Gabriel Rueda or the American Katie Schide, among others, stand out.
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022: UTMB WORLD SERIES
Val d’Aran by UTMB® is part of the UTMB® World Series, which brings together the best races in exceptional locations while surrounding itself by unspoiled nature. A total of 25 events in 16 countries across Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas have been confirmed for the 2022 UTMB World Series®.
All finishers of the UTMB® World Series events receive Running Stones with the amount depending on distance and altitude. One running stone equals one entry in the lottery for the UTMB® World Series Finals.
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