This just in - we’ve heard back from the UTMB on our new 2019 courses, yewwwww!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the UTMB (if you’re new to ultras, you’re in a safe place) - the Golden Ultra is a qualifying race for the Ultra-trail de Mont Blanc.
Our races that qualify you for points are:
120KM: 5 points
Full Pint (85KM) Stage Race: 4 points
Half Pint (45KM) Stage Race: 2 points
Sweat (55KM): 3 points
Conquer (30KM): 1 point
Tears (20KM): 1 point
HOW DOES THE UTMB POINT SYSTEM WORK?
Essentially, you need to collect qualification points by running races which show that you would have the ability to take on a UTMB race. You have 2 years to collect the points (ex. from 1st Jan 2019 until 31st December 2020 for the 2021 UTMB races). Points are based on race difficulty on a scale of 1-6, with 6 being the most difficult. You then enter a lottery, and then there’s a draw that takes place in early January each year.
You need 15 points to qualify for the UTMB lottery. Our event is currently one of four in Canada where runners can earn 5 points!