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lukejarmey - 03/02/2017 22:24:33
   
RunUltra Race Grading
Hi folks, a few updates have been made to the race grade guidelines on the site. Please see below.

Basically these guidelines will be passed to the race organisers, who decide the appropriate grading for their event listings.

For events which haven't been 'claimed' by an organiser, we decide the grading.

There's a bunch of unclaimed listings that do need updating, so we're working through the system to identify these.

Our 5 star difficulty grading has been changed from Ultra to Brutal. As the Ultra wording was a tad confusing... seeing as the majority of races on here are ultra distance.

There's no perfect way to grade these races, as there's simply too many variables flying around. So to keep it simple, we've primarily focussed on elevation gain. With this in mind, we recommend balancing the race grading, with the race distance, terrain type and time of year (i.e temperature).

Do let us know your feedback though, as we'd love to hear any thoughts on how to alternatively define these grades.

Race Grades

Beginner
Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres
Suitable for:
First ultra event
Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.

Intermediate
Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres
Suitable for:
Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced
Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres
Suitable for:
Runners who have completed at least three ultras in last 12 months, or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert
Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)
Suitable for:
Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible).
Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal
Elevation: Increase of up to 2000+ metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)
Suitable for:
Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible).
Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Cheers

Luke
RunUltra Community Manager

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