How to access the UTMB® World Series Finals
To access the Finals of the World Series, runners will have several possibilities:
- The lottery through the collection of Running Stones
- Sporting performance
- The loyalty program
The lottery through the collection of Running Stones
Runners must have collected at least 1 Running Stone over the past two years to enter the lottery for one of the three UTMB® World Series Finals - OCC, CCC® and UTMB®. Runners will also need to have a valid Performance Index for the distance of their choice.
- Running Stones
Running Stones accumulate over time, have no expiry, and each Running Stone gives an additional chance to be selected via the lottery. The Running Stones are awarded exclusively to finishers of UTMB® World Series Events and UTMB® World Series Majors in the 20K, 50K, 100K or 100M category:
- Valid Performance Index
To participate in the UTMB® World Series Finals, the best athletes on the planet must qualify for the UTMB® World Series Majors or UTMB® World Series Events races over a period of 15 months. This allows elite runners to optimize their season or their recovery periods.
The first 10 men and women on the UTMB® World Series Majors, as well as the first 3 men and women on the UTMB® World Series Events in each of the 50K, 100K and 100M categories, will win a place at the UTMB® World Series Finals in the equivalent category. They will have the possibility to change category for the Final if they wish. To do this, they must inform the UTMB® Mont-Blanc organization before mid-June, indicating the reasons for the request.
If a runner does not wish to use their entry to one of the UTMB® World Series Finals - or does not need it because they already have a bib - their entry will be redistributed by mid June. These entries - as well as all of those which become available for any other reason - will be offered to runners who have completed at least one race in the 50K, 100K or 100M categories of the UTMB® World Series Events or UTMB® World Series Majors in the previous year and will be selected according to the best Performance Index. In this instance, if a runner does not use their entry, it will be offered to the next ranked runner, and so on until all available access is distributed.
For races that take place less than three months before the UTMB® World Series Finals, any qualified elite runner can choose whether to participate in the UTMB® World Series Finals the same year or the following year. For runners who decide to take part in the Final the following year to that in which they qualified, we may consider granting a wild card for a shorter race in the qualifying year.
The runners that are most involved in the circuit will also benefit from reserved places to access the Finals.
The UTMB® World loyalty program is still being structured, and so we are not able to disclose the details at present. We will take the time to introduce it to you and explain it at a later point.
However, it is important to note that the notion of loyalty is not only based on the ability of the runners to take part in many races on the circuit, or to cover many kilometers. We will give everyone the opportunity to engage through numerous possibilities. We consider that commitment can take various forms, for example: volunteering, a solidarity commitment for the benefit of the community, participation in virtual races, etc.
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