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14th September 2023

How to qualify for the Dacia UTMB Mont-Blanc 2024

Save the date! Pre-registration opens for the UTMB World Series Finals 2024 (OCC 50K, CCC 100K, UTMB 100M) on 14 December.

TDS, MCC, ETC and YCC registration opens 14 December.

Elite runners have until the end of 2023 to qualify through a UTMB World Series Event and confirm their registration.

12 UTMB World Series Events remaining in 2023 for runners to secure Running Stones and a valid UTMB Index.

Less than two weeks ago, 10,000 runners took to the start line of one of the eight races at the 20th edition of the Dacia UTMB® Mont-Blanc in a week-long celebration of trail running. Now, attentions are already turning to the 2024 edition, which is scheduled to take place 26 August – 1 September, and the all-important qualification criteria. And with over 25,000 applicants in 2023, the event is again expected to sell-out.

Find all the information you need on how to qualify for the Dacia UTMB Mont-Blanc 2024 and land a coveted spot on the starting line in 2024.

Regular runners – Lottery Entry

Runners who want to secure their place on the start line of the UTMB® World Series Finals 2024 – the UTMB®, CCC® and OCC – will need to enter the lottery. To enter the lottery, they need two things: Running Stones and a UTMB Index.

Running Stones

Running Stones can only be collected by finishing races in 20K, 50K, 100K and 100M category races at a UTMB World Series Event or Major. One Running Stone is equal to one entry into the lottery. Only 1 Running Stone acquired in the past two years is mandatory to enter the lottery.
Running Stones are cumulative, have no expiration date, and each Running Stone gives you an additional chance to be drawn. The UTMB World Series Majors offer double the amount of Running Stones to all finishers. Runners can find their Running Stones on the MyUTMB account, which can we accessed through the website.

UTMB Index

The UTMB Index is calculated for each of the 4 UTMB World Series race categories: 20K, 50K, 100k and 100M.
A valid UTMB Index is achieved by completing at least one race of the UTMB World Series or a UTMB Index race in the relevant category within the previous 24 months. To enter the Dacia UTMB Mont-Blanc lottery for the race of their choice, runners must have a valid UTMB Index as per the chart.
Runners can find their UTMB Index on their MyUTMB account, which can be accessed through the website.

Regular runners –Non-Lottery races

Runners who want to take on the challenge of the TDS® (145km/9,176m+), MCC (40km/2,300m+), ETC (15km/1,200m+) or for young trailers the YCC (14km/1,100m+)​, can register from the 14 December. Running Stones and a UTMB Index are not required for these races however runners are encouraged to sign up before they sell out!

Those who have the mental toughness, team spirit and mountain values required to tackle the demanding 300km/25,000m+ PTL® team race, will need to submit an application.

Key dates for regular runners

30 November 2023

  • Charity bib open for OCC, CCC, UTMB

Each year, charity race bibs are available for runners wishing to support and invest in a partner association by donating at least 2000€ to be paid directly by the runner or through sponsors allowing to raise the money. By making a donation, runners may register without having to go through the lottery. A runner wishing to become a charity runner must commit to become an ambassador for the cause they support. A valid UTMB Index is required for all charity runners. More information on this link.

14 December 2023

  • Pre-registration opens for OCC, CCC, UTMB

  • Registration open for TDS, MCC, ETC, YCC​

  • PTL application opens

11 January 2024

  • Pre-registration closes for OCC, CCC, UTMB

  • PTL application closes

16 January 2024

  • Lottery draw for OCC, CCC, UTMB​

  • PTL selection announcement ​

29 January 2024

  • Final date for runners to confirm registration for OCC, CCC, UTMB

  • Second lottery round if runners don’t confirm their registration​

Elite and Top Ranked Runners – Direct Qualification

The direct entry qualification criteria has evolved to allow runners to better plan their running calendar year and to know at least 8 months in advance if they have qualified for the UTMB World Series Finals. The most important evolutions are the qualification period and criteria.

Qualification period

The qualification period for the UTMB World Series Finals runs for the full calendar year prior to each Final.

For 2024, this means runners have from the 1 January – 31 December 2023 to qualify.

Direct qualification through UTMB World Series Events & Majors

The top 3 male and female runners at every UTMB World Series Event in races in the 100M, 100K and 50K category races automatically qualify for the following year’s edition of the UTMB World Series Finals in the corresponding category. For UTMB World Series Majors, the top 10 in each category will have direct qualification.

Qualification with the UTMB Score

In addition to the top 3 male and female qualifiers for Events and top 10 for Majors, all runners who obtain a UTMB Score higher or equal to the one mentioned in this table, on a UTMB World Series race in the 50K, 100K or 100M categories, will qualify for the Final of the same category.

Key dates for direct qualification

14 December 2023

  • Elite registration opens for UTMB, CCC, OCC

11 January 2024

  • Elite registration closes for UTMB, CCC, OCC

For a list of elite runners qualified for 2024 so far, click here. For more details on the elite qualification, visit the website here.

Opportunities to qualify in 2023

For the 2024 UTMB World Series Finals, both regular and elite runners have opportunities to meet qualification criteria through the remainder of 2023. Regular runners can continue to collect Running Stones and validate their UTMB Index, while elite runners have until the end of the year to qualify directly through a UTMB World Series Event or Major.

With 12 more events still to come this year in locations across Europe, Asia, the USA, and South America, runners can conveniently find an event near them. For a complete list of events, click here.

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