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Qualifying races - Regulations

A qualifying race is a race which allows, according to its difficulty, the acquisition of between 1 and 4 qualification points.

Only trail races can be qualifying races. For the definition of a trail race: click here.

Road races, triathlons, multi-sport races and orienteering races are not subjects of qualifying races for the UTMB®.

The evaluation of the races, and therefore the distribution of points, is from now on managed by the ITRA (International Trail Running Association). The UTMB®, on the basis of the number of points attributed by the ITRA, however are alone in judging whether a race presents all the criteria to be a qualifying race, to register it on the list and to award the organiser with the corresponding logo.

>> Click here to consult the list of qualifying races <<

Number of points necessary for the 2017 registration

Each race on the list of qualifying races for the UTMB® is attributed 1, 2, 3 or 4 points.

To register for the 2017 UTMB®, it is necessary to acquire a minimum of 9 points (15 new points) by having finished, between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2016 exclusively (*), some of the races on this list. The 9 points must be acquired from a maximum of 3 races.

To register for the 2017 CCC®, it is necessary to acquire a minimum of 3 points (7 new points) by having finished, between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2016 exclusively (*), 1 or 2 races from this list.

To register for the 2017 TDS®, it is necessary to acquire a minimum of 3 points (7 new points) by having finished, between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2016 exclusively (*), 1 or 2 races from this list.

To register for the 2017 OCC, it is necessary to acquire a minimum of 1 point (3 new points) by having finished, between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2016 exclusively (*), 1 or 2 races from this list.

(*) 2014 finishers of the UTMB® races may equally use these races as qualifying races.

If you have abandoned during a race, there is no way that this race can be taken in to account.

It will not be possible to register for the 2017 UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® or OCC by making reference to a race not included in this list.

The only qualifying list, available for consultation is on our web-site, is valid. The Organisation is not responsible for inaccurate, obsolete or untruthful information supplied by people foreign to the Organisation.

The Organisation equally is not responsible in the case of the absence of a race in the list of qualifying races. It is up to each organiser, who so wishes, to request accreditation as a qualifying race for the UTMB®. Runners who would like a race to be a qualifying race for the UTMB® must make the request with the organisers of that race.

Controlling qualifying races

All the qualifying races used by runners to finalise their registration are verified, against the official race results.
The Organisation takes in to account each individual’s result (relay or team event included).

The runner must be sure that they appear in the official results for the stated race, and that their first and surnames have the correct spelling.

In the case of an inexact declaration of qualifying races, not conforming to the regulations or untrue, the organisation reserves the right to cancel the registration without refunding fees paid and to remove their advantage for the following year (co-efficient 2 or priority) in the case of a negative draw.

Our engagement as organiser is to apply this regulation in a rigorous and identical manner for, without exception, ALL runners and therefore we do not accept any requests for exceptions to this rule.

List of qualifying races

The ITRA has evolved its race evaluation service. This service has made a major update to scale of points (from now on on a scale of 1 – 6 points), as well as introducing new criteria called "Mountain" and "Finisher" (more information: ITRA website).
This new scale has an impact on the qualifying races and the number of points required in order to register for one of the UTMB® races.

Here is a table showing the comparison between actual points (the old points) and the new points:

Qualifying points required for 2017 registration Old points
(according to old ITRA scale)
Max. no. of races Examples New points (according to new ITRA scale) Max. no. of races Examples
UTMB® 9 3 4 + 4 + 1 15 3 6 + 6 + 3
4 + 3 + 2 6 + 5 + 4
3 + 3 + 3 5 + 5 + 5
CCC® & TDS® 3 2 3 7 2 6 + 1
2 + 1 5 + 2
4 + 3
OCC 1 1 1 3 2 3
2 + 1

For the 2016 & 2017 registration, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® will accept the two point systems (old and new). The most advantageous scale for the runner will be used.

The list of qualifying races is updated as when and when organisers submit their races.
If a race or event in which you have competed, or are going to compete, is not on the list, we suggest that you contact the organisers of this race to discover whether they have already requested to be included.
N.B. : the addition of a race from one year to the next is not automatic, this means that if a race was on the list of qualifying races in 2015 it will not necessarily be on the list for 2016. Contact the race organiser to check that they have applied to be on the current list.

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