the ultra x world cham­pi­on­ships: com­ing soon

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.

23rd May 2020

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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 five ways you can get to the start line;

  • Invit­a­tion
  • Qual­i­fy­ing at oth­er Ultra X races (ath­letes already qual­i­fied can be found below)
  • Ultra X alle­gi­ant scheme (com­plet­ing two Ultra X events in the two years pre­ced­ing the World Cham­pi­on­ships)
  • Elite entry (a min­im­um ITRA Per­form­ance Index of 600 for Women and 725 for Men as of 30th March 2020)
  • Char­ity place (20 char­ity spots will be made avail­able and open to any­one com­mit­ted to rais­ing money for a char­ity of their choos­ing — applic­a­tions will open on 27th June)

Age groups

The age groups for the Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships 2021 have been final­ised and are as fol­lows:

18–29
30–39
40–49
50+

The age group prize pot will be announced with the over­all prize pot on 20th June.

How to apply

On 27th June at 12:00 BST applic­a­tions to the Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships will open on the race page.

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.

Good luck!

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