By Mathias Eichler
Outside the UTMB weekend this last weekend might be trail and ultra running’s biggest race weekend of the entire year? There were several key races happening in Europe and the US as the mountains are melting out and the summer heat isn’t yet too intense.
Of course, at any given weekend there are dozens of grassroots community events happening all across the globe and I am not discounting any of these. I’m just looking at the big picture and development of our mountain sport.
Western States with a small field, good PR communication, and just offering a single event is easy to follow for the fans and the media. It’s nice to have things packaged so neatly.
In Europe events offer races in varied distances and spreadsheets of athletes and finishers are harder to find. The number of runners for each event is staggering. In the same weekend all of the US was glued to Youtube following just over 300 runners at the WS coverage, in Europe over 12,000 trail runners finished a race in one of just 3 events.
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