Is an historic day for the UTMB® community, as we unite around our shared values of daring, the spirit of amazement and preservation of our mountain playgrounds, to announce the creation of the UTMB® World Series, and a new partnership between UTMB Group and The IRONMAN Group.
Since the creation of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc 18 years ago, UTMB Group have always been passionate about creating strong links with the entire trail running community. Driven by that same passion, we are thrilled to be able to reveal a new, inclusive World Series that will bring the UTMB® experience closer to all runners around the globe, and to invite you to be part of it.
What is the UTMB® World Series?
The UTMB® World Series is a pioneering trail running circuit, which unites the best events in the world through the sporting and human values of the UTMB®. From as early as 2022, these events will provide exclusive access to the sport’s pinnacle event, UTMB® Mont-Blanc, where the three flagship races – OCC, CCC® and UTMB® – will become the UTMB® World Series Finals.
The UTMB® World Series circuit is made up of 4 levels:
- UTMB® World Series Finals.
- UTMB® World Series Majors.
- UTMB® World Series Events.
- UTMB® World Series Qualifiers.
The first races to join the UTMB® World Series
In-line with the rapid growth of the sport, events will be held across six continents, giving all runners more opportunities to live the UTMB® adventure.
While the full calendar of UTMB® World Series Events will be announced in the third quarter, eight leading, international events are already confirmed across Europe, Asia and Oceania, and Thailand by UTMB® is proud to be part of it! Confirmed events include:
- UTMB® Mont-Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland).
- Val d’Aran by UTMB® (Spain).
- Thailand by UTMB® (Thailand).
- Panda Trail by UTMB® (China).
- Gaoligong by UTMB® (China).
- Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB® (New Zealand).
- Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB® (Australia).
- mozart 100 by UTMB® (Austria).
“We are very happy to be part of the UTMB® World Series. This is excellent news for all trail runners. We fully understand the required high level of organizational skills of all the events that are part of the UTMB® family, and this is going to be extrapolated to all the races in the circuit. It means one more step towards the improvement of the quality of trail running events, and to guarantee the runners’ satisfaction”, Xavier Pocino, Val d’Aran by UTMB® General Manager.
New exclusive services and simplified access to the UTMB® Mont-Blanc
The UTMB® World Series will provide new services for runners as well as new, and more precise sporting criteria that considers the specificities of trail running. This includes developing the Performance Index and creating new categories for classifying events.
Access to the UTMB® Mont-Blanc lottery has also been simplified. From now on, a runner who finishes a single UTMB® World Series Event or UTMB® World Series Major will be eligible for the UTMB® Mont-Blanc lottery. Elites will also be able to qualify for the Finals based on their performance in the World Series Events.
A new alliance, underpinned by UTMB® values
UTMB Group and The IRONMAN Group have joined forces through a strategic partnership that will enable us to develop the sport of trail running together. The pioneering new UTMB® World Series will unite the trail running community by drawing on UTMB Group’s expertise in the sport and The IRONMAN Group’s acclaimed global experience, to create the future of trail running built around the values of UTMB®: surpassing oneself; fair-play; respect for people and the environment; and solidarity.
Are you ready for the UTMB® World Series adventure?
Be part of it at utmb.world!