So what will you be doing between August 28th to September 3rd 2017?

Amongst other things you could be running across the Alps in the UTMB®

As of December 15th 2016 the UTMB® race registration is open. If you can tear yourself away from your mince pies over Christmas, bear in mind that you have until 4th of January to get online, read the race regulations very carefully, total up your points and fill out those forms.

Fancy it? Yes? Then read on and lets do a re-cap of the various races. . .

DISTANCE: 170km – 10,000m D+
WHEN: Start on Friday 01/09/2017
TIME: 18:00
WHERE: Chamonix

DISTANCE: 100km – 6000m D+
WHEN: Start on Friday 01/09/2017
TIME: 9:00
WHERE: Courmayeur

DISTANCE: 119km – 7250m D+
WHEN: Start on Wednesday 30/08/2017
TIME: 6:00

DISTANCE: 55km – 3300m D+
WHEN: Start on Thursday 31/08/2017
TIME: 8:15
WHERE: Orsières

DISTANCE: 290km – 26,500m D+
PARTICIPANTS: 300 (teams)
WHEN: Start on Monday 28/08/2017
TIME: 9:00
WHERE: Chamonix

Things you need to consider

Other than the obvious… are you prepared for it… the determining factor is… have you got enough points to register? Check out the Italy on Trail Interview with Fabrizio Foglia, who’s run the UTMB and has some top tips to offer!
Remember entry is based on a combination of a points system, for runners who have previously completed qualifying races, and a draw.

Yes it is hard to get in… but if you do get lucky you could be part of the 8000 participants who each year arrive from 87 different countries to participate in this – the Nirvana of Trail Racing events!

Lets talk about those points…

UTMB® Race organisers have come up with this handy tool on their website which should calculate if you have accumulated the required points throughout 2015 and 2016 to be able to register for the 2017 races.

UTMB® race registration open!
image from UTMB® website

Where do I find Qualifying Races?

As a rough guideline – in order to register, you need to have gained the required number of points by finishing, between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2016, any of the races included in the list of qualifying races here.

How many points do I need?

  • To register for the UTMB®, you need to have a minimum of 15 points (9 old points) from a maximum of 3 races.
  • To register for the CCC®, you need to have a minimum of 7 points (3 old points) in 1 or 2 races.
  • To register for the TDS®, you need to have a minimum of 7 points (3 old points) in 1 or 2 races.
  • To register for the OCC, you need to have a minimum of 3 points (1 old point) in 1 or 2 races.

Go to this page, to read FULL DETAILS:

How will I know if I’m in?

You’ll find out if you’ve got a place on January 12th 2017 at 10.00 (Paris time) when results will be announced and race entry will be published on web-site, and you will also receive confirmation by email.

So now it’s up to you.. Good luck! And now you can get back to your mince pies 🙂

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