The UTMB® World Series Events are the first step to begin your quest to the UTMB® World Series Finals in Chamonix, France, and are the only races where you can collect Running Stones for use in the UTMB® Mont-Blanc registration lottery for 2023 onwards. The UTMB® World Series Events will also be the only races where elites can qualify directly for the UTMB® World Series Finals.
How can runners participate in UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2023?
Only runners who have acquired at least 1 Running Stone in the applicable past 24 month-period are eligible to enter the OCC, CCC®, or UTMB® lottery. They must also have a valid UTMB® Index for the distance of their choice. The Running Stone can be only acquired by participating in a UTMB® World Series Event such as TransLantau™ by UTMB® and Thailand by UTMB®.
The top three male and female runners of each UTMB® World Series Event and the top ten male and female runners of each UTMB® World Series Major will be offered direct entry into the UTMB® Mont-Blanc.
How do the Running Stones work?
One Running Stone is equivalent to one entry into the lottery to participate in the UTMB® World Series Finals, i.e. the UTMB®, CCC®, and OCC races of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc. Running Stones will be awarded to all finishers of a 20K, 50k, 100k, and 100M race category at any UTMB® World Series Event or UTMB® World Series Major.
Running Stones accumulate over time and each Running Stone gives an additional chance to be selected via the lottery. Running Stones can be used to enter the lottery for only one race per edition of the UTMB® World Series Finals. If the athletes are not selected, they may use their Running Stones for a subsequent edition of the lottery for the race of their choice if they have a valid UTMB® Index in the category.
For example, if you have 9 Running Stones, your name appears 9 times in the lottery, thus tripling your odds in the lottery compared to someone who has only 3 Running Stones.
UTMB® Index to measure your performance and for privileged access to UTMB® World Series Events
Runners can enter UTMB® World Series Events directly, however, those with a valid UTMB® Index will have privilege access to register. The UTMB® Index is based on the sport’s first-ever ranking system and can be achieved by completing at least one UTMB® World Series Major, UTMB® World Series Event, or UTMB® World Series Qualifier race within the last 24 months. The UTMB® Index is calculated for each of the 4 UTMB® World Series race categories 20K, 50K, 100K, and 100M.
- To enter the OCC lottery, runners must have a valid UTMB® Index in the 20K, 50K, 100K or 100M category.
- To enter the CCC® lottery, runners must have a valid UTMB® Index in the 50K, 100K or 100M category.
- To enter the UTMB® lottery, runners must have a valid UTMB® Index in the 100K or 100M category.
Runners can now find their UTMB® Index at UTMB.World to evaluate and compare their performance level.
So no more requirement for ITRA points for runners to get into the lottery for UTMB® Mont-Blanc?
ITRA points will no longer be required to qualify for UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2023 onwards. To qualify for the lottery of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc, runners must participate in a UTMB® World Series Event race. Only races included in the 50K, 100K, and 100M categories will qualify.
Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT)
The last event of UTWT is Thailand by UTMB® on 9-12 December 2021. UTWT will no longer exist from 2022.
UTMB® World Series 2022 confirmed Events
To date, 15 unique events have now been confirmed as part of the inaugural UTMB® World Series debuting in 2022, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
- Tarawera™ Ultramarathon by UTMB® (New Zealand), 12 February
- Ultra-Trail Australia™ by UTMB® (Australia), 12-15 May
- Trail du Saint-Jacques by UTMB® (France), 11 June
- mozart 100® by UTMB® (Austria), 18 June
- Lavaredo Ultra Trail by UTMB® (Italy), 23-26 June
- Trail 100 Andorra-Pyrenees by UTMB® (Andorra), 24-26 June
- Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (USA), 25-26 June
- Val d’Aran by UTMB® (Spain), 7-10 July
- UTMB® Mont-Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland), 22-28 August
- Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB® (France), 22-25 September
- Puerto Vallarta México by UTMB® (Mexico), October
- TransLantau™ by UTMB® (Hong Kong), November
- Thailand by UTMB® (Thailand), November/December
- Panda Trail by UTMB® (China), dates TBC
- Gaoligong by UTMB® (China), dates TBC