RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town has joined forces with organisers of some of the world’s top ultra-trail running races to form World Trail Majors, an association that “seeks to help steer the sport’s development in the right direction”.
Safeguarding the original spirit of trail and ultra running, race organisers will share their knowledge and experience.
“RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town is very proud to be part of this association that celebrates diversity as one of the objectives,” said Stuart McConnachie, Race Director, RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town. “Independent races have their place in the world of trail running and by supporting, sharing and recognising each other’s place, we collaborate to continue the legacy of our sport in an independent way that is the root of this sport.”
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Established in 2014, RMB UTCT has hosted runners from over 66 countries, with most international runners coming from France, Great Britain, the United States, Germany and Italy. The event that sees runners traverse Table Mountain and the Peninsula has evolved from only 16 finishers in the 100-kilometre race in 2014, to over 2000 runners taking part. There are five distances of 23km, 35km and 55km, the UT100 (100km), and UTCT (100 miles/166km). The 2023 edition takes place from 24-26 November.
World Trail Majors will provide a new, alternative path of growth in this fast-developing sport, which aims to be inspirational to all runners and organisers. Trail/ultra racing is a sport that takes place in the natural outdoor environment, with uncomplicated rules and free from the limitations inherent in many sports.
World Trail Majors wants to maintain and build an open and accessible ethos to help preserve the original values of the sport. The fundamentals of World Trail Majors are simple:
- Diversity is a core value of trail running, embracing difference as enriching and improving trail running as a sporting, cultural and social activity. Trail/ultra racing is an incredibly varied sport, each race is unique, the variety of distances, locations and terrains providing an infinite number of wonderful experiences
- Respect. An activity that takes place in nature must always treat the environment with respect. Understanding on a local and global scale that the effects of our actions reach far further than the sport itself. Allowing trail running to grow as an activity that enriches and is enriched by the local community and environment
- Identity. Each race has its own distinct and individual personality that is inspired by its local environment and its own evolving story
Involving local organisations, respecting local communities and boosting local economies, the races must leave little trace on nature, but a lifelong impact on the runners.
World Trail Majors is an open association, and the first edition will be held in 2024 and will include the following events:
- Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon: one of the events that has showcased trail running in Asia. 18–21 January 2024 – Hong Kong
- Black Canyon Ultras: on native American trade routes and old stagecoach trails. 10-11 February 2024. 100km – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
- The North Face Transgrancanaria: one of the classics on the world trail running calendar. 21-25 February 2024. 126km – Canary Islands, Spain
- Mt. Fuji 100: Japanese-style trail running with the great symbolic meaning of the highest mountain in the country. 26-27 April 2024. 165km – Fujiyoshida, Japan
- MIUT – Madeira Island Ultra-Trail: iconic event on the spectacular island of Madeira. 27-28 April 2024. 115km – Madeira, Portugal
- Swiss Canyon Trail: founded in 1994, a bucket list and benchmark event in Central Europe. 7–9 June 2024. 111km – Val de Travers, Switzerland
- South Downs Way: 100 miles following the historic South Downs Way is a classic of the UK racing calendar. 8–9 June 2024. 161km – Winchester, UK
- Quebec Mega Trail: true wild trail running in the mountains near Quebec City. 5–7 July 2024. 160km – Quebec, Canada
Visit www.ultratrailcapetown.com for more information.