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 220km 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.
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.
What happens when you register
Once you have registered for a race;
You will be sent an email inviting you to a call with a member of our team. This is by no means mandatory but it will allow you to ask us any questions you may have regarding the event, training, food, equipment and anything else at all. We’re a really friendly bunch and love getting to know our runners before we meet you in person.
You will be asked if you would like to be added to the competitor Facebook and Whatsapp groups. Of course you do not have to but they are a great way to get to know your fellow competitors before you reach the start line.
You will be invited to a number of short video calls where we’ll go through kit/equipment, food and pre-event preparation. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you like.
We have some of the most relaxed cut-offs in the industry. To us, it’s not about what time you get, it’s the adventure you have along the way. On average you will have between 2hrs 30 mins to complete each 10km (in-between checkpoints). Exact race cut-offs can be found in the race information pack.
If you don’t finish
In the scenario that you cannot finish a stage at one of our events, you will be offered entry into the following edition of the race at half price. You will not receive a finishers medal or official result.
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We understand that competitors may wish to travel to the 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.
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