Written By Jamie Sparks
Jamie is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. He enjoys rambling on about a variety of topics; motorbikes, cycling, adventure, and, of course, ultra running.
The Ultra X World Championships is the pinnacle of multi-stage ultramarathon racing.
For one week of the year, the world’s best professional ultra runners and age group athletes who have qualified for the Ultra X World Championships 2021 will race it out over 250km and 5 days in a location to be announced on 6th June.
We will be releasing more information about the inaugural World Championships over the coming weeks. The limited information we are able to share now can be found below.
Covid-19 change to qualification policy
Due to Covid-19, Ultra X have had to postpone or cancel a number of races this year. These races would have been used as qualifiers for the Ultra X World Championships. We have therefore taken the decision to alter our qualifying requirements for the 2021 World Championships only.
Instead of only accepting runners who have qualified through Ultra X races, we will be defining the elite level entry for the inaugural World Championships using the internationally recognised ITRA Performance Index. Anyone with a minimum ITRA Performance Index of 600 for Women and 725 for Men (as of 30th March 2020) will be permitted to enter.
To reiterate, there are six ways you can get to the start line;
Elite Entry: There are 100 places available for elite athletes with a minimum ITRA Performance Index of 600 for Women and 725 for Men (as of 30th March 2020).
Qualifying at Ultra X Races: Anyone that has qualified for the World Championships through exceptional performance at other Ultra X races is eligible for entry.
Ultra X Allegiant Scheme: Anyone that has completed two or more Ultra X events in the two years preceding the World Championships is eligible for entry.
Charity Places: There are 20 charity places available to those who commit to raise funds for a registered charity. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. There is no minimum figure to be raised.
Invitation: There are 20 invitation places available to those who have not qualified by other means. These will be drawn at random from those that complete the application form. Each Saturday from 27th June we will hold a ballot to draw the winners.
Luck: Winning one of two free places in our launch competition (entries closed 26th June).
The age group prize pot will be announced with the overall prize pot on 20th June.
How to apply
There are 150 places available for non-professional (age group) athletes. Those who have already qualified for the Ultra X World Championships 2021 will be officially notified on 23rd May. Any places not claimed two weeks after applications open (11th July) will be made available to general entrants. All other places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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