May 6, 2021

The first races to join the UTMB® World Series

The UTMB® World Series is a revolution for the sport, that will bring the trail running community together through a new, integrated sports system that is open to all. Inspired by the high standards of UTMB®, runners will be able to take part in the most beautiful events on the planet, and the UTMB® World Series will be the only place where runners can begin their quest to Mont-Blanc, France, where the prestigious UTMB® World Series Finals will be held. 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® experience on a global scale. 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, including: 

What they said – Race organizers:

Sam Ellis, Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB® Race Director:

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the new UTMB® World Series, it provides a great opportunity to bring the world’s leading trail running events together and provides a clear pathway for athletes setting out to reach the pinnacle of the sport. At the Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB® we were in the great position of holding a successful event this February for our New Zealand based runners and can’t wait to welcome back international athletes in the years to come.”

Nick Christopher, Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB® Race Director:

“As trail running continues to grow around the world, this partnership will bring together the world’s leading events into a world class series that will appeal to runners from around the globe. In the coming weeks we’ll be holding the 13th Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB® and can’t wait to welcome almost 7,000 runners to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB® has grown to become one of the largest trail running events in the world and we look forward to working closely with other event organizers in the years to come.”

Josef Mayerhofer, mozart 100 by UTMB® Managing Director

“Two leading brands in endurance sports joining forces to form a new global series will certainly benefit the trail running sport in many respects. Salzburg as a UNESCO world heritage site is a great and unique location for a race in this outstanding trail running series.”

Xavier Pocino, Val d'Aran by UTMB® General Manager:

"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".

Mr. Liu Yang, Chairman/President of Chengdu Xingzhi branch, organizers of Panda Trail by UTMB®:

"As the most influential trail running event in the world, UTMB®'s professionalism and success inspires other race operators. We successfully held the Panda Trail by UTMB® in 2020, which has achieved the effect of internationalization, brand-association and high-quality delivery and created a positive response in the trail running community in China. It gave domestic runners the chance to experience the world's highest-quality race near home. As the UTMB® World Series develops around the world, Panda Trail by UTMB® will attract more and more people both inside and outside of China, which will help us grow into one of the world's top events."

Bunjarat Suharitdamrong, Executive Director at Running Connect, organizers of Thailand by UTMB®:

“The team at Thailand by UTMB ® are all very excited to be one of the first events confirmed for the new UTMB® World Series. The idea to bring the leading races around the planet together to create structure will certainly appeal to all athletes, providing the best competition for elites, and a world-class experience for all runners. We look forward to the positive impacts on our race and to grow along with this new circuit."

Mr. Malin, Executive Director of Gaoligong by UTMB®:

“Nature and the mountains are at the heart of trail running, a place where new possibilities are discovered in connection with nature, history and oneself. As part of the UTMB family, we are looking forward to this flexible and inclusive innovation, which will enable runners around the world to join the UTMB® World Series. The Series is a great way to unite runners and attract like-minded people to come together to discover and challenge themselves.”