UTWT press releases

Following on from the press conference for the launch of the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT) three press releases have been made available via a special link on the UTWT website.

Although many questions are still unanswered it may provide an insight into the long term objectives and motivations.

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5 thoughts on “UTWT press releases

  1. I think those 3 races and organisers probably do share the same values and end goal objectives, hence their speedy and keen responses on the forums. Well done.

  2. Hi there,

    I am Fabrice Perrin, from the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

    Please let me know which questions remain unanswered, I will try to give you a better vision of the project.

    Fabrice

    • Fabrice,
      Many questions remain unanswered and to be honest this could be a long post if I am going to ask all of them. However, if you can you could maybe clarify some of the following it would be a start.
      1. It’s an ultra world tour over multiple distances and terrains. Therefore, does a runner need to do different distance and different terrain to be the world champion?
      2. Your criteria stipulates a minimum two editions, min 500 entrants and open to ALL! What will happen with races like Western States? It’s a lottery with only 20 guaranteed places and an entry limit under 500. More like 397 entries.
      3. How will a multi stage race such as MDS fit into this series? And are you planning to add more multi day events?
      4. It would appear, at least to me that the UTWT may almost be perceived as a travel agent to a series of races over the world. What are the benefits that UTWT will bring to elite and non-elite runners? Why would we join the UTWT?
      5. Do the runners need to purchase ‘The Passport’?
      6. Does cost each runner any extra to be part if the UTWT?
      7. What are the races paying to be part of the UTWT and what does that bring, what are the benefits?
      8. Who is the UTWT? Who are the people involved, for example WAA, UTMB etc seem involved. Can we have clarification.
      9. What are the elite packages. It was mentioned that they will get travel and hotels for Elite1. Is this open ended, will all eligible elites get this package?
      10. What prize money will be available at each race and will prizes be split. Elite and non elite?
      11. A world champion is awarded each year, make and female. What do they get, what re numeration will the world champion receive and in addition, will you have non elite world champions too?

      To be honest, I could go on and on. I hope you understand that I am all for the progression of our sport and the UTWT may very well be a great addition to what is already available. Unfortunately we have been left with many unanswered questions after the launch. I think had Western States not been in the initial launch, you may well have had a less problematic first week. WSER is an iconic race with a devote following. It was always going to be a rocky road!

      Ultimately runners, elite or non elite will vote with feet. They will either like the concept or not. In simple terms this will mean runners entering into the spirit, travelling the world and being part of the UTWT. However, we will need big bank balances to do this! Or they will boycott the UTWT and the races involved and the tour will be short lived with the current races involved desperate to be removed and returned to being just ‘a race’ as they already are!

      Really appreciate you reaching out Fabrice and I look forward to your answers.

      Best wishes, Ian

  3. Hi Ian,

    I will try to answer as clearly as possible.

    I understand that you want the progression of the sport. Be assured that I feel the same. I am open to any discussion if it can make the project better.

    1. It’s an ultra world tour over multiple distances and terrains. Therefore, does a runner need to do different distance and different terrain to be the world champion?

    Maybe was I not clear enough during the presentation, sorry for that.
    The runner who will have the best results at the end of the Ultra-Trail World Tour will be the “UTWT 2014 Champion”, NOT the “Trail Running 2014 Champion”! For me, it is a completely different vision.

    2. Your criteria stipulates a minimum two editions, min 500 entrants and open to ALL! What will happen with races like Western States? It’s a lottery with only 20 guaranteed places and an entry limit under 500. More like 397 entries.

    There was a precision of “around min 500 entrants” :-)… the first objective of the project was to bring together the most emblematic races of the world, the races of all our dreams… well… we could not imagine it without the Western States…
    “Open to all” means for us that elite athletes and average runners are running together, that the races are not reserved for elites.
    The UTWT will change nothing to the entry rules of the different races. The WS100 has its specific rules, the UTMB too, and the UTMF… each race will keep complete control over its organization.

    3. How will a multi stage race such as MDS fit into this series? And are you planning to add more multi day events?

    Well, some of us ran it, and are completely sure that the MDS has all its place in the UTWT, that it shows all the diversity of trail running.
    The race directors all agreed on this initial list, which will soon be completed with other races.

    4. It would appear, at least to me that the UTWT may almost be perceived as a travel agent to a series of races over the world. What are the benefits that UTWT will bring to elite and non-elite runners? Why would we join the UTWT?

    For non-elite runners, but also for elite runners, the main reason is -for me- the “challenge” over the years, and the promise to discover different races, terrains, people, countries. The project was born at the UTMF this year: we were discussing how enriching it was for us to discover this country, the runners from Japan and from other countries, the specific trails of Mt. Fuji… We started to list the races that we had already finished, and our “wish-list” races… and it all started.
    This project is about culture, passion, traveling, and common values.
    For elite runners, I hope that they will have the same motivation than non-elite, but I think that an other reason should be -for me again- to be part of a circuit which story will be told all over the year.

    5. Do the runners need to purchase ‘The Passport’?

    The first idea was to make it free.We will decide it with the race directors, but maybe the runners will have to pay a small participation if we send it through postal mail.

    6. Does cost each runner any extra to be part if the UTWT?

    No.

    7. What are the races paying to be part of the UTWT and what does that bring, what are the benefits?

    They pay a contribution of 15’000 EUR, which will be 100% used for the promotion of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, and the travel fares of the athletes.

    8. Who is the UTWT? Who are the people involved, for example WAA, UTMB etc seem involved. Can we have clarification.

    The 2 main partners (and operationals) are Jean-Charles Perrin (eco-trail de Paris race director), and myself, Fabrice Perrin. We are not relatives. Cyril Gauthier from WAA is also involved (no operational role), and we asked Catherine and Michel Poletti (from UTMB) to be part of it too, but they have no operational role.

    9. What are the elite packages. It was mentioned that they will get travel and hotels for Elite1. Is this open ended, will all eligible elites get this package?

    We will try to help the athletes at the maximum (travel and lodging), with the money that we will be able to raise.
    We will discuss this fall the rules with the race organizers.

    10. What prize money will be available at each race and will prizes be split. Elite and non elite?

    Each race will keep its rules. Some have prizes, some not. The UTWT will not change this.

    11. A world champion is awarded each year, make and female. What do they get, what re numeration will the world champion receive and in addition, will you have non elite world champions too?

    No “remuneration” is planned so far for 2014.

    Again, I would like to precise that it will not be a “world champion”, but an “UTWT Champion”.

    The non-elite will be in the same ranking than the elite runners.

    I will try to answer as clearly as possible.

    I understand that you want the progression of the sport. Be assured that I feel the same. I am open to any discussion if it can make the project better.

    1. It’s an ultra world tour over multiple distances and terrains. Therefore, does a runner need to do different distance and different terrain to be the world champion?

    Maybe was I not clear enough during the presentation, sorry for that.
    The runner who will have the best results at the end of the Ultra-Trail World Tour will be the “UTWT 2014 Champion”, NOT the “Trail Running 2014 Champion”! For me, it is a completely different vision.

    2. Your criteria stipulates a minimum two editions, min 500 entrants and open to ALL! What will happen with races like Western States? It’s a lottery with only 20 guaranteed places and an entry limit under 500. More like 397 entries.

    There was a precision of “around min 500 entrants” :-)… the first objective of the project was to bring together the most emblematic races of the world, the races of all our dreams… well… we could not imagine it without the Western States…
    “Open to all” means for us that elite athletes and average runners are running together, that the races are not reserved for elites.
    The UTWT will change nothing to the entry rules of the different races. The WS100 has its specific rules, the UTMB too, and the UTMF… each race will keep complete control over its organization.

    3. How will a multi stage race such as MDS fit into this series? And are you planning to add more multi day events?

    Well, some of us ran it, and are completely sure that the MDS has all its place in the UTWT, that it shows all the diversity of trail running.
    The race directors all agreed on this initial list, which will soon be completed with other races.

    4. It would appear, at least to me that the UTWT may almost be perceived as a travel agent to a series of races over the world. What are the benefits that UTWT will bring to elite and non-elite runners? Why would we join the UTWT?

    For non-elite runners, but also for elite runners, the main reason is -for me- the “challenge” over the years, and the promise to discover different races, terrains, people, countries. The project was born at the UTMF this year: we were discussing how enriching it was for us to discover this country, the runners from Japan and from other countries, the specific trails of Mt. Fuji… We started to list the races that we had already finished, and our “wish-list” races… and it all started.
    This project is about culture, passion, traveling, and common values.
    For elite runners, I hope that they will have the same motivation than non-elite, but I think that an other reason should be -for me again- to be part of a circuit which story will be told all over the year.

    5. Do the runners need to purchase ‘The Passport’?

    The first idea was to make it free.We will decide it with the race directors, but maybe the runners will have to pay a small participation if we send it through postal mail.

    6. Does cost each runner any extra to be part if the UTWT?

    No.

    7. What are the races paying to be part of the UTWT and what does that bring, what are the benefits?

    They pay a contribution of 15’000 EUR, which will be 100% used for the promotion of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, and the travel fares of the athletes.

    8. Who is the UTWT? Who are the people involved, for example WAA, UTMB etc seem involved. Can we have clarification.

    The 2 main partners (and operationals) are Jean-Charles Perrin (eco-trail de Paris race director), and myself, Fabrice Perrin. We are not relatives. Cyril Gauthier from WAA is also involved, and we asked Catherine and Michel Poletti (from UTMB) to be part of it too, but they have no operational role.

    9. What are the elite packages. It was mentioned that they will get travel and hotels for Elite1. Is this open ended, will all eligible elites get this package?

    We will try to help the athletes at the maximum (travel and lodging), with the money that we will be able to raise.
    We will discuss this fall the rules with the race organizers.

    10. What prize money will be available at each race and will prizes be split. Elite and non elite?

    Each race will keep its rules. Some have prizes, some not. The UTWT will not change this.

    11. A world champion is awarded each year, make and female. What do they get, what re numeration will the world champion receive and in addition, will you have non elite world champions too?

    No “remuneration” is planned so far for 2014.

    Again, I would like to precise that it will not be a “world champion”, but an “UTWT Champion”.

    The non-elite will be in the same ranking than the elite runners.

    Hope that my answers were clear! Please do not hesitate to give me your feedback, or ask any other question.

    Fabrice

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