Last updated: 05-Mar-18
By Elsa Trujillo
As many of you know, the last weekend in August 2015 is set for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) event that includes five different single-stage time-limited events around Chamonix. The star event is the UTMB itself, held over two days and covering 170 kilometres around Mont Blanc (4810m). UTMB hopefuls need to collect a series of points, won by finishing a selection of races around the globe. Many of these UTMB qualifying races are listed and featured on RunUltra.
For example, finishing the following UK qualifying races will give you a variety of points for 2016 registration: the Country to Capital (1) in January, the Ultra Thames Trot (1) in February, The Oner Ultra Run (3) and the Kielder Ultra Trail (2) in April, the Stour Valley Path Ultra (2) in August and the St Oswald’s Ultra (4), the Ring O’Fire (4), the Cotswold Way Century (4) and the Cotswold Challenge Ultra (2) in September.
In Europe, UTMB races include the Ultra Trail Sierra del Bandolero (2) and Ultra Trail Muntanyes de la Costa Daurada (3) in Spain in March and the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (4) in Portugal and the 100 Miles of Istria (4) (Croatia) in April. In May, run the Penyagolosa Trails for a maximum of 3 points in Spain.
In the summer, you can run the Wibolt (4) (Germany) in June and the Gran Trail dei Monti Simbruini (3) (Italy), the Gran Trail Aneto-Posets (4) (Spain), the NUTS Pallas (3) (Finland) and the Swedish Alpine Ultra (2) in July.
For the autumn, try the Humani’Trail (2) in Switzerland and the Krali Marko Trails (2) in Macedonia in September or the Ultra Trail de la Serra Montsant (3) in October in Spain.
And further afield, in Australia, your choice of ultras includes The Track (4) and The Australia 100 (3) in May. In Malaysia you can get 3 points if you complete the G5N.
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For more information on UTMB enrolment conditions go here.
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The Track (Australia) Photo credit: Canal Aventure