Ultra X Sri Lanka is the first race since the Wadi Rum Ultra scaled up to become a world series. The move marks the begin­ning of a new era in multi-day ultrar­unning and the count­down to the World Cham­pi­on­ships in 2021 where the best multistage run­ners will get the recog­ni­tion they truly deserve.

Com­pet­it­ors can qual­i­fy for the World Cham­pi­on­ships by gain­ing points in oth­er Ultra X races.

Qual­i­fic­a­tion attempts will begin in Ultra X Sri Lanka later this month where there will be over 50 com­pet­it­ors who are going to be bat­tling to be the first ones to guar­an­tee their places.

Ath­letes can qual­i­fy through one of four ways:

1) Gain­ing entry through excep­tion­al per­form­ance;

2) Qual­i­fy­ing through the Ultra X Alle­gi­ant scheme;

3) Being selec­ted in the char­ity bal­lot;

4) Earn­ing a wild­card invit­a­tion from one of the two Race Dir­ect­ors.

The top 3 female and male win­ners at the Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ship will win prize money.



Par­ti­cipants who meet the fol­low­ing qual­i­fy­ing cri­ter­ia will be invited to com­pete in the sum­mer of 2021:

  • Fin­ish on men’s/women’s podi­um (first, second or third);
  • Fin­ish in top 10% of men’s or women’s field over­all;
  • Fin­ish top in age cat­egory* (qual­i­fic­a­tion pos­i­tions with­in age cat­egor­ies will roll down after auto­mat­ic qual­i­fic­a­tions have been alloc­ated).


Com­plete two Ultra X events in the two years pre­ced­ing the World Champs (in 2021 this will be exten­ded to include Wadi Rum events 2015–18) for an alle­gi­ant place.


Ultra X is delighted to offer 10 char­ity places for the World Cham­pi­on­ships. All char­ity entries must present their applic­a­tion along with proof of char­it­able activ­ity to the race organ­isers and the bal­lot will be drawn 6 months pre­ced­ing the WC. Only those applic­a­tions where fun­drais­ing is in excess of £1,000 will be con­sidered.

Now let’s race!


Ath­letes MUST claim their slot (and pay the £300 depos­it) with­in 30 days of cross­ing the fin­ish line of the Ultra X event of qual­i­fic­a­tion (or oth­er date as stip­u­lated by race organ­isers). If the fin­ish­er is sub­sequently unable to attend the World Cham­pi­on­ships this depos­it can be trans­ferred to any oth­er Ultra X race.

If no such claim is made the place will be rolled down to the next best placed indi­vidu­al for a fur­ther 30 days. This pro­cess will con­tin­ue until the place is filled.

If there are no starters in a par­tic­u­lar Age Group, then that slot will be moved to the next cal­cu­lated Age Group with­in the gender.

*Age cat­egor­ies as fol­lows (Male and Female):








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