Earli­er today the bal­lot res­ults for the 2019 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) were released.

A massive con­grat­u­la­tions to all that have earnt a place at the start line and com­mis­er­a­tions to those that missed out.

Over 8,000 lucky run­ners will be head­ing to Chamonix for a week-long cel­eb­ra­tion of trail run­ning and we have some good news…

We will be see­ing you there!

For those involved, the next 8 months will be full of hard work, and at times some will exper­i­ence self-doubt. How­ever, come August, it will all have been worth it. Not only will you be a part of one of the great single stage ultramara­thons but you will be sup­por­ted by the team behind Ultra X!


What is the UTMB?

The UTMB is a single-stage moun­tain ultramara­thon first held in 2003 and occurs every year around the end of August in the Alps, and fol­lows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through Switzer­land, Italy and France. Over the course of the week there are sev­er­al races of vary­ing dis­tance and format. How­ever, the main event will always be the ori­gin­al, which is a recog­nized Ultra Trail World Tour event. Both one of the largest and most dif­fi­cult races there is, it has strict entry require­ments attained by accu­mu­lat­ing enough race points through qual­i­fy­ing trail races over the pre­vi­ous two-year peri­od. Although this has changed over the years due to the demand for places, the cur­rent require­ment is 15 points. To put this in con­text an Ultra X event will earn you between 5 and 6 points (the max­im­um for any race is 6).

The race cov­ers a dis­tance of approx­im­ately 171 kilo­metres (106 mi), and a total elev­a­tion gain of around 10,040 metres (32,940 ft), by way of illus­tra­tion Everest is 8,848! The win­ners will do it in just over 20 hours, how­ever the major­ity are likely to spend more like 40 hours out on course, and can expect to spend 2 nights on the move as the race begins on Fri­day night.
Over the last three years, there has con­sist­ently been over 30% of com­pet­it­ors that do not make the fin­ish line.


What are Ultra X doing there?

The UTMB is above all an inner jour­ney and a unique exper­i­ence. This is what Ultra X are all about.

We have a 14 per­son chalet in the cen­ter of Chamonix com­plete with hot tub, chef and mas­seuse provid­ing YOU with #theul­traX­per­i­ence. We will be host­ing our team, ath­letes and film crew, but we also have a few rooms reserved for YOU, our com­munity.

In addi­tion, Sam one of the Ultra X founders is racing the 2019 event, and over the next 8 months is going to be shar­ing his pre­par­a­tions, advice and tips from some of the experts who have conquered the course before.

If you are doing any of the races this year and would be inter­ested in stay­ing in the Ultra X chalet or are keen to learn more about the race please fill in the form below.

We are going to be in Chamonix all week, sup­port­ing, talk­ing all things ultra and per­haps even giv­ing some Ultra X good­ies away. Make sure to drop in and say hi!

See you all there, and good luck with train­ing.

To express your interest in join­ing our chalet just fire an email over to sam@ultra-x.co