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The World Trail Majors collage of three images showing three of the nine races on a mountainous background

The World Trail Majors – what’s it really all about?

The World Trail Majors – what’s it really all about? On 12th November a mysterious reel was released in tandem across the platforms of various races around the world suggesting something new was happening in the trail running world. On 13th November, these same races announced they were launching The World Trail Majors. “A diverse, respectful, sustainable …

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Collage of three images of a man during a race on the background of a beautiful desert scene

Scott Jenkins secures British History with 5th place in the Triple Crown Series

Scott Jenkins secures British History with 5th place in the Triple Crown Series. On 17th October 2023 at 4:17am, Altra Run Crew Athlete, Scott Jenkins from Penarth, Wales, living in London became the 1st Briton to secure the audacious and elusive 5th place finish of the USA based, Destination Trail Triple Crown of 200s World Series in Moab, Utah – on …

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Is the Tide Turning on UTMB’s plans for World Domination?

On Thursday October 26th 2023, the IRONMAN-owned UTMB organisation announced that it would be putting on their first Canadian race. A full scale UTMB World Series event over the weekend of September 28-29th 2024. Ultra Trail Whistler – UTW. But rather than the positive reaction they hoped to get from North American trail runners, the announcement seems …

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A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

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For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

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An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

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Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

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Increase of up to 1500 metres

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Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

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Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

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Very little change < 500 metres

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First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.