Ultra X World Championships

Ultra X World Championships

Ultra X World Championships

Distance/Time

250KM/5DAYS

Elevation

10,189M

Technicality

4/5

Temperature

20-28°C

Airport

LJU

Date

1-8 JUN 2024

ultra x world championships

The Ultra X World Championships is the pinnacle of multi-stage ultramarathon racing. In June 2024, the world’s greatest ultra runners will race over five days and 250km to become the undisputed multi-day ultra King or Queen.

The course is located in western Slovenia, nestled between the towering Julian Alps to the north and the Adriatic coast to the south. Competitors travel north from the vine-laden landscapes and high plateaus of Vipava Valley to the emerald green waters and rocky mountain trails of Soca Valley and the southern Julian Alps.

The full 2024 event information pack will be released in January 2023. The format will be for the most part the same as 2022 and the course will remain unchanged. 

Find out how to qualify below.

How To Qualify

To qualify for the 2024 World Championships you will need 10 points gained from Ultra X races between January 2022 and May 2024.

5 stage race = 5 points

2 stage race = 3 points

100km race = 2 points

50km race = 1 point

No points are awarded for non ultra-distance races. E.g Spring Trail Series Half Marathon event.

A podium finish within an age category = points multiplier x 3. E.G If you come 2nd in your age category at Ultra X 125 Azores you will have earned 9 points (3 points x 3). This will leave you 1 point short of WC qualification.

Black ribbon finishers = points multiplier x 3 (this cannot be used in conjunction with a podium finish).

Green ribbon finishers = points multiplier *2 (this cannot be used in conjunction with a podium finish)

Every World Championship cycle you will lose 50% of your points.

First placed competitors within their category will have 30 days to enter the World Championships after their race. If not claimed within the 30 days, the place will roll down until it is claimed. 

Other ways to qualify:

Elite Entry: There are 100 places available for elite athletes with a minimum ITRA Performance Index of 600 for Women and 725 for Men

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.

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.

Interest free instalment plans

£90 per month

Register from

 

(not including £300 deposit)

How To Apply

You can apply for the 2024 event via the link below.

Good luck!

Itinerary

Saturday

Competitors arrive in Ajdovščina and the World Championships Race Expo opens. Catch up on the latest ultramarathon news, and browse performance, nutrition, and lifestyle products from national and international exhibitors at the Race Expo.

Sunday

Race welcome, safety briefings, and mandatory kit checks will take place in Ajdovščina at 09:00. Attendance is mandatory for all competitors. Runners will also deposit their travel bags at the race hotel in Ajdovščina, which will transported to the finish line in Tolmin by the organisers.

Monday

43km

Tuesday

50km

Wednesday

63km

thursday

54km

FRIday

40km

On Wednesday, the Race Village will move from Ajdovščina to Tolmin. The prize giving and awards ceremony will start at 18:00 on Friday, followed by the finish party and celebrations, which will run all weekend.

Saturday

The World Championships Race Expo will remain open all day in Tolmin, for both competitors and spectators. There will be food and drinks available to purchase at the beachside bar on the banks of the River Soca.

Sunday

All good things must come to an end! Participants are free to transfer to the airport on Sunday for return flights, or to begin their well deserved holiday. For those staying in country, we suggest booking with a local tour company – please get in touch for recommendations.

Prize Money

The prize pot for the Ultra X World Championships 2022 was £25,000 and was split equally between genders. Prize money will be awarded to the overall podium finishers, individual stage winners, the overall age category podium finishers, and the KOM and Sprint Champions.

The Age Group prize pot was £3,000 and will be split equally between genders and across the four age categories below. The total allocated to each category will be based on the number of participants within that category.

The prize pot for 2024 will be confirmed in early 2023

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Overall Podium (Men and Women)

1st – £5,000
2nd – £2,000
3rd – £1,000

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Overall Stage Winners (Men and Women)

Stage 1 Winner – £500
Stage 2 Winner – £500
Stage 3 Winner – £500
Stage 4 Winner – £500
Stage 5 Winner – £500

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Age Categories (Men and Women)

18-29
30-39
40-49
50+

 

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Challenge Winners (Men and Women)

KOM (overall mountain section winner) – £250
Sprint Champion (overall sprint section winner) – £250

 

Medal Ribbons

All finishers will receive a race medal. Different medal ribbons will be awarded based upon the finishing percentiles outlined below.

As part of our Sustainability Policy, the Green Ribbon will be awarded to the competitor that displays the highest commitment to reducing their environmental impact both in preparation for and during the race (as determined by the organisers).

Black Ribbon

Top 10%

White Ribbon

10-50%

Blue Ribbon

Over 50%

Green Ribbon

Environmental award

route and gpx files

Draft GPX files for each day of the race can be downloaded below. Please note that GPX files are subject to change at late notice due to permissions, access, weather, and other varying factors. Final GPX files will be provided to competitors before the race via email.

included:

1. Race entry

2. Accommodation during the race 

3. Entry to the World Championships Race Expo 

4. Fully marked course

5. Medical staff on course and at all campsites

6. Osteopathy staff on course and at all campsites

7. Drinking water at checkpoints on course and hot water for preparing food at all campsites

8. Ground assistance and full safety support

9. Digital copies of all images from event photographer

10. UTMB® World Series Qualifier race (100M category)

11. Finisher’s medal

not included:

1. Flights

2. Accommodation before or after the race

3. Personal food, kit and equipment (see kit list below)

4. Comprehensive insurance (to cover cancellations, loss of items, injury etc)

5. Training costs

6. Spending money

7. Transport home for runners who are disqualified or withdraw early

Experience Slovenia

We understand that competitors may wish to travel to Slovenia with family or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the country while you race, we highly recommend visiting the following sights. Alternatively, you can visit them together after the event.

If one of your party would like to volunteer at the race while you take part, they can complete the Volunteer Application Form and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Lake Bled

With its bluish-green lake, island church, medieval castle, and alpine backdrop, Bled is Slovenia’s most popular attraction.

Adjovscina

Vipava Valley

Slovenia’s hidden treasure.  Discover the green land of fine culinary treasures, all-year-round active adventures, and breath-taking nature.

Postojna Cave

The world’s most visited cave boasts thousand-year-old dripstones, “dragon’s babies”, and the stunning Predjama Castle.

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