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5 Ultra running news updates from around the world


Last updated: 02-Jun-17

By Elsa Trujillo

The Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord opens registration

The five mountain races taking place in the Pyrenees under the banner of the 2016 Andorra Ultra Trail are open for registration from November 17th. There are 2900 available places for the events to be held between the 14th and the 17th of July next year.

The top race, the Ronda dels Cims, with a total distance of 170km will have a maximum of 400 runners. Ultra experience is a must. Mític, which is 112km in total, will allow up to 500 participants as will the Celestrail night race (83km). The marathon distance (42km) is the Marató dels Cims and this race will accept 750 runners. Finally, up to 600 will be able to take part in the popular 10k nature walk, Solidaritrail.

Read more about the Ronda dels Cims, Mític, Celestrail and Marató dels Cims.

Ultra-trail Cape Town 2015 results

On a wet, foggy and chilly October 3rd, 500 runners from over 32 nations around the world took part in the different distances available in the Ultra-trail Cape Town (20km, 65km and 100km).

The top distance winners were Christiaan Greyling (11.24.50) and Kerry-Ann Marshall (11.53.03).

Read more about the Ultra-trail Cape Town.

The 2015 Ultra-trail Cape town.


Heroes Ultra: new for 2016, open for registration and 4 UTMB points

One of the newest additions to the European ultra running calendar, the 2016 Heroes Ultra in Crete, has just announced it will award four UTMB points for 2017.

Held for the first time on the sunny Greek island of Crete (21 May 2016), this ultra traces the entire 154 km escape route followed by the participants in the legendary 1944 abduction of German General Kreipe through the island’s mountainous landscape.

Registration for the Heroes Ultra 2016 opened on 14 November and has a top limit of 250 runners.

Read more about the Heroes Ultra.


Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs: lottery, UTMB points and Western States qualifier

The Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs lottery for the three distances (100 Mile / 50 Mile / 55K) opens on December 6, 2015 and closes on December 20th.

Tahoe Rim Trail 100 mile is a 2017 Western States qualifying race and both the 100-mile and 50 mile are qualifying races for UTMB. There are strict qualification standards for those wishing to run the 100mile distance and failing these standards will mean removal from the lottery and the waiting list.

The lucky runners will be drawn from the pool on January 1, 2016. And each race will have its own waiting list for those not initially selected. All 100-mile entrants must complete 8 hours of volunteer trail building or trail maintenance work before June 30, 2016.

Read more about the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs.


Racing Madagascar: a new African race for 2016

Boogie Pilgrim has announced a new racing concept for 2016 and for Madagascar’s northern region of Diego Suarez.

A fully selfsufficient race, runners will have to carry their daily food and drink. Water will be available at each checkpoint. No assistance is allowed.

From July 19th to 24th, the full distance of 150km is spread over 6 days: 19km, 20km, 20km, 44km, 30km and 9km.

Boogie Pilgrim is member of International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and Racing Madagascar is a qualifying race for UTMB 2017 (2 points).

Read more about Racing Madagascar.

Photo credit: Racing Madagascar.

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