Qualification and draw

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Taking in to account the success of the event and the very large number of requests, registration for the UTMB® races is governed by two principles : a points system, for runners who have previously completed qualifying races, and a draw.

This system ensures that the runners have the experience necessary to participate in one of the UTMB® races, and it manages the number of participants so that the races take place in good conditions (quality, safety and with respect for the environment).

The organisation offers 4 individual races (UTMB®, CCC®, TDS®, OCC) and an adventure in teams (PTL®) meaning welcoming almost 8000 participants coming from 87 different countries.

Those persons not selected by the draw, benefit from advantageous conditions valuable for the same race at the time of registration the following year, which would double their chances. For those who are not selected two years in succession, there is a priority registration (upon the understanding that they have the necessary points).

All the information concerning pre-registration and registration are available below.

International ELITE runners benefit from specific registration conditions on the event according to precise criteria based on their ITRA performance index.

2018 Enrolment
Calculating my number of points
FAQ

Registration FAQs

Why is registration carried out uniquely by internet?
Taking in to account the very large number of requests, it is the only way that they can be handled efficiently and fairly.

Is there a waiting list?
There is no waiting list. The majority of  withdrawals are made as late as possible, it is not conceivable to participate in a race without having prepared for it. Registration is managed by over-booking, that's to say that we take more runners at registration than there are places available so as to anticipate those who cancel. Like this all runners have the same time in which to prepare themselves.

Can I register for more than one race at a time in order to increase my chances of running?
No, you can only select one race. Any double entry is identified and cancelled.

Qualifying races

Qualifying points act as a regulator for the number of registration requests.
This allows an increase of the runners' level of experience and limits the number of pre-registrations in such a way that there is a reasonable chance in being successful in the draw and so as to allow those who are unsuccessful in the draw twice in a row to benefit from a guaranteed registration for the 3rd year; the organisation adjusts the number of qualifying points each year.

The draw

Why do you have a draw ?
We are restricted to a maximum number of  runners per race, not only from an administrative point of view but also by the nature of the route. The trail race takes place along natural paths so it is necessary to take into account that the width of the paths vary considerably and do not therefore allow for a regular flow of runners. As well as the qualifying points we had  to find a method for selecting runners. The draw is a simple solution to guarantee that we are as fair as possible.

Why do you not allow more runners to register?
The principle of the UTMB® is to offer routes along  paths, at times barely more than a simple trace, around Mont-Blanc.
To guarantee the quality, by respecting that the runners avoid finding themselves in bottle-necks, but also for reasons of security and with respect for the environment, it is necessary to limit the number of runners at the start of the race.

Reserved places

A defined number of places are reserved for: our partners, international elite runners (based on the ITRA performance index, solidarity race-bibs (donations to charities), health race-bibs (donations to the Ultra Sport Science foundation), environment race-bibs (donations to the association , Trailers of Mont-Blanc, to finance their environment commission’s actions for protecting the environment) and certain journalists (reporting from the ‘inside’), as well as for certain UTMB® volunteers who are very active.

Available places

We calculate the level of overbooking necessary to guarantee, despite withdrawals, that there will be no fewer runners at the start than the fixed limit. So, we know the maximum number of people  able to register and it allows us to obtain the number of runners which we can accept for every race.

Method of the draw

Taking in to account the number of requests for registration and the number of runners who are drawn, this draw has to be made by computer. For this, we use an Excel computer programme and its  "alea()" function (in terms of probability, this procedure is rigorously identical to a classic draw). This function attributes a random number to each runner, which allows for an impartial result.

The event being international, to guarantee equity between nations, the draw is made country by country. The chances for the draw are the same between one country and the next. The proportion of runners pre-registered  by a country is maintained race by race.

Registration as a group/couple

I have pre-registered by clicking « registration as a group » but I have not seen where to indicate the other group members. What should I do ?
By clicking « registration as a group », you have obtained a number for the group. This number links together the pre-registrations of a group. However, all the group members must fill-in their own pre-registration files, via their runner's page, by stating this group number.

If  runners benefit from an advantage (coefficient of 2 or priority) and wish to register as a group, there are 2 possibilities:

  • The group is composed of some runners who have an advantage (coefficient of 2 or priority) and of others who don't
    => the runners with the advantage lose it to the advantage of registering as a group, the chances for the group  having a positive draw corresponds to the chances of those runners with the lowest advantage.
  • A group is composed of runners benefitting from the same advantage
    => all the group keep that advantage for the draw.

I am registered as a group member but unfortunately I am injured. If I cancel my registration, am I cancelling the registrations of the other group members?
After the draw, each registration becomes individual; the choice of a runner to cancel their registration, for example, has no affect upon the registrations of the the other group members.

Results of the draw

I was lucky in the draw. Unfortunately I am unable to run this year. Can I transfer my registration to next year?
A positive draw result is only valid for the current year and can not be carried over to the following year.

Medical certificate

To validate my registration, I must supply a medical certificate. Can my FFA licence replace this document?
Yes, we accept a copy of an FFA or FFTriathlon licence valid on the day of the race as a replacement for the medical certificate.
Attention ! The 2017 FFA licence expires on August 31st: it is valid for the  PTL®,  TDS® and OCC but it is not valid for the UTMB® or the CCC®. Runners of the UTMB® and CCC® must, obligatorily supply a medical certificate.

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2017 Enrolment
Age category
2017 registrations - The solidarity, health & environment race-bibs