Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships


Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships


Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships












5–13 Jun 2021

As per cur­rent guidelines, we will be intro­du­cing a num­ber of pro­ced­ures to mit­ig­ate against the risk of Cov­id-19 trans­mis­sion and ensure our events are safe for par­ti­cipants, crew mem­bers, and the loc­al pop­u­la­tion. For more details, see our Cov­id-19 Trans­mis­sion Mit­ig­a­tion Policy.

ultra x world cham­pi­on­ships

The Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships is the pin­nacle of multi-stage ultramara­thon racing. In June 2021, the world’s greatest ultra run­ners will race over 5 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.

Find out how to qual­i­fy below.

meet your com­pet­i­tion

The Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships will bring togeth­er the world’s greatest multi-stage ultra run­ners. The cur­rent best per­formers will race it out over 250km and 5 days to become the undis­puted multi-day trail race King or Queen.

The elite ath­letes below are just a few of the world’s best in the line-up for 2021.

Pau Capell

Pau Capell

Hillary Allen

Hil­lary Allen

Tom Evans

Tom Evans

Maggie Guterl

Mag­gie Guterl

Edson Kumwamba

Edson Kum­wamba

Mimmi Kotka

Mimmi Kotka

Mike Wardian

Mike War­d­i­an

Ragna Debats

Ragna Debats

Salameh Al-Aqra

Salameh Al-Aqra

Gediminas Grinius

Gedi­m­i­nas Grini­us

Meredith June

Meredith June

Miguel Lara

Miguel Lara

Tommy Chen

Tommy Chen

Jacqui Bell

Jac­qui Bell

Jason Schlarb

Jason Sch­larb

Holly Rush

Holly Rush

Alex Roudayna

Alex Roudayna

Pete Kostelnick

Pete Kostel­nick

How To Qual­i­fy

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).

How To Apply

Applic­a­tions to the Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships are open.

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 2020. Any places not claimed two weeks after applic­a­tions open (11th July 2020) will be made avail­able to gen­er­al entrants.

All oth­er places will be alloc­ated on a first come first served basis.

Good luck!



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.


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.











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.


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.


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 2021 is £50,000 and will be 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 is £6,000 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.


Over­all Podi­um (Men and Women)

1st — £10,000
2nd — £4,000
3rd — £2,000


Over­all Stage Win­ners (Men and Women)

Stage 1 Win­ner — £1,000
Stage 2 Win­ner — £1,000
Stage 3 Win­ner — £1,000
Stage 4 Win­ner — £1,000
Stage 5 Win­ner — £1,000


Age Cat­egor­ies (Men and Women)




Chal­lenge Win­ners (Men and Women)

KOM (over­all moun­tain sec­tion win­ner) — £500
Sprint Cham­pi­on (over­all sprint sec­tion win­ner) — £500


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


Blue Rib­bon

Over 50%

Green Rib­bon

Envir­on­ment­al award


1. Race entry

2. Accom­mod­a­tion dur­ing the race (7–10 June)

3. Entry to the World Cham­pi­on­ships Race Expo (5–13 June)

4. Med­ic­al staff on course and at all camp­sites

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

6. Ground assist­ance and full safety sup­port

7. Digit­al cop­ies of all images from event pho­to­graph­er

8. Individual/team rank­ings and ITRA points

9. 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

Import­ant Inform­a­tion


The liv­ing accom­mod­a­tion con­sists of tents shared by between 6 and 15 com­pet­it­ors. All par­ti­cipants must provide their own roll mats and sleep­ing bags.


This is NOT a self-sup­por­ted race. Run­ners only carry their daily nutri­tion and emer­gency kit. Race hold­alls are trans­por­ted between camp­sites.


Com­pet­it­ors will need to provide their own food from Sunday 6th June to Sat­urday 12th June. Dehyd­rated or freeze dried food is recom­men­ded.

 Please see the Race Inform­a­tion Pack and Kit List below for com­pre­hens­ive details about the race.

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.


A fairtyale city of medi­ev­al streets and world class cuisine, Ljubljana was named Europe’s Green Cap­it­al in 2016.

Posto­jna Cave

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