Get Ready for the 2020 UTMB Trail Race

Have you ever taken part in a race? Well, the UTMB Trail Race is on an entirely different level. Well, if you haven’t then you should consider signing up for this race to test your physical abilities.Grab your favorite drink and let’s find out why this race has gone viral in the recent past.

The race takes place once a year. You should also know that the race is a single-stage ultramarathon. There’s much more to this race that you can only enjoy when you take part in it. 

So, are you ready for the 2020 version? Well, here, you’ll find how you can get ready for the race. Also, you will find out how you can sign up for this race by reading on. Lastly, you can find out when and where the race will take place this year, if it does take place. As we all know, many sporting events have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Get Ready for the 2020 UTMB Trail Race
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UTMB Trail Race

Before you can really understanding what makes this race special, you need to know what the race is all about. The race follows the Tour du Mont Blanc, that means it goes through France, Italy, and Switzerland. 

The average distance for this race is about 171 km and it is widely regarded today as the toughest race on Earth. That’s because of the elevation gain of around 10,040 meters. 

The exciting part, and what you should be looking at when you take part in this race, is the week-long festival that accompanies it. The festival takes part in Chamonix, France. The race has one of the largest number of starters in the globe with around 2,500 racers.

Thus far, the fastest time ever recorded in this race was in 2003 and the time was 20:05:59. There are other times when the race has been cut short due to bad weather which led to the winners being announced earlier. 

How to Qualify

You need to be ready for this race, like any other race in the globe. This one, however, is pretty difficult because you need to qualify in order to participate. You have to meet strict entry and qualification factors to take part in the race. However, these requirements are in place to ensure the safety of participants.

The qualifying factors are, overall, determined by gathering enough race points from the qualifying trail races for at least the last two years.

2020 UTMB Race

The 2020 UTMB Race, will take place in August along the same route. However, that’s if the plans remain the same as they were before COVID-19 spread across the world. 

The dates are still set for the 24th – 30th of August. And this year, a lot has changed as registration has only been going on online, through the official website, due to the global pandemic. 

However, there are also smaller sections that you can take part in as well. rHere are some of the races that you can take part in 2020.

  •  101 km & 6 100 m ascent
  • 171 km & 10 300 m ascent
  • 300 km & 25 000 m ascent
  • 56 km & 3 500 m ascent
  • 145 km & 9 100 m ascent

You can follow this link today to find out which race you can sign up for. 

Preparation

You need to get ready before you sign up for this race. This means preparing both physically and psychology as well. Some of the things that you can do to get ready include the following.

Eat Right

 As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Thus, to prepare for this race, you need to eat right always. This will get you in shape physically and give your body the strength that you will need to complete the race. 

Train Well

 You have to train to get yourself physically and mentally fit. Conditioning during training will get you ready for the race once it starts. You should have numerous hours of trail running experience before participating in this race.

Have a Training Partner

There’s nothing that can beat having the right training partner when you are preparing for such a tough race. A partner will get you ready, psych you up, and encourage you when the going gets tough. 

Get Ready for the 2020 UTMB Trail Race
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Conclusion

If you want a race that really tests you physically and mentally this is the race you want to look at in 2020. The fastest time recorded for the 150 km race is around 20 hours; do you think you can beat it? If this is something that you are interested in participating in, start training today!