The Ultra-Trail World Tour has been dissolved as the UTMB World Series circuit prepares to begin next year.
After eight years of bringing together many of the world's top races into one series, the UTWT ended with the Thailand by UTMB race last weekend.
The UTMB World Series will next year incorporate 30 or more races and lead to an annual final at the UTMB Mont Blanc in Chamonix.
This year the UTWT returned after the pandemic with 20 events in 18 countries. Courtney Dauwalter and Pau Capell were crowned overall series champions. This year also saw the creation of the Trail with Purpose initiative, which aimed to promote sustainable development in trail running.
Since its inception in 2014, 62,000 runners have participated in 34 races in 23 different countries.
UTWT director Marie Simmons said: "In January 2014, Michel Poletti came up with the crazy idea of the first international circuit gathering the most beautiful long-distance trail races. The UTWT quickly gained the notoriety it has today because from the very first years it allowed trail runners from all over the world to participate in a competitive circuit with breathtaking landscapes. I have worked hard to build a platform to exchange between the organisers and to support the athletes in their quest for international experience.
"It is with emotion that I see this UTWT chapter close, filled with unforgettable encounters and incredible stories shared with many athletes. But the story could not end there! The new UTMB World Series circuit, which from 2022 onwards will bring together many of the 30 or so UTWT races and to which I am fully committed, promises to write a chapter of yet another dimension!"
Yesterday the new UTMB World Series announced the addition of several more events for next year, including the Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB and the Speedgoat Mountain Races by UTMB in USA. So far 24 events have been confirmed, with the full calendar set to be revealed in the new year. The Val d’Aran by UTMB in Spain and TransLantau by UTMB in Hong Kong were also announced as "majors" on the circuit.