EVENT REPLACES THE CANCELLED UTMB
The UTMB for the Planet Virtual Races have gone live, offering runners from anywhere around the world the chance to test themselves over four distances of the world’s most famous trail running festival.
The event was announced last month as organisers called off this year’s edition of the UTMB in Chamonix due to pandemic restrictions.
Runners can record their activities from wherever they are on a new digital platform. In addition to the Virtual Races, runners can also enter several exclusive challenges which have been supported by the partners of UTMB and Val d'Aran by UTMB, with plenty of prizes up for grabs.
The races, which are over 50k, 100k, 170k and 240k, and challenges are live until August 30 and will integrate a real-time ranking, allowing participants to compete against friends and the best athletes from across the globe.
To encourage as many people as possible to take part and experience the joy of trail running, participants will be able to complete their chosen distance over several runs or in one go. The classification will also take into account the kilometre-effort for people who cannot integrate elevation gain in their run.
Upon completing a virtual race, participants will unlock an exclusive finisher badge. Every runner who completes UTMB Virtual 50, UTMB Virtual 100 and UTMB Virtual 170 will also be entered into a draw to gain entry into the corresponding distance at UTMB Mont-Blanc 2021, with three places available for each distance.
Entry into the UTMB for the Planet Virtual Races is free and all participants are invited to donate the amount of their choice when they register to support WWF France. Those who choose to support WWF France will receive an exclusive virtual bib. The organisers, UTMB Group, have also committed to support WWF France.