America's only certified Skyrace course. Race Beast of Big Creek on Mt. Ellinor in Hoodsport, WA on Aug 3rd, 2024.

America's only certified Skyrace course. Race Beast of Big Creek on Mt. Ellinor in Hoodsport, WA on Aug 3rd, 2024.

From their press release:

World Trail Majors was born as a diverse, respectful, and independent series of 9 trail/ultra races around the world. Since going public on 13th of November 2023, many races made contact with an interest to joining the series and conversations started. We can now announce the 10th race in the series. 

Grand Raid des Pyrenees joins World Trail Majors for the 2024 calendar as member with the same rights and responsibilities as the original nine races, Anta Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon, Black Canyon Ultras, The North Face Transgrancanaria, Mt. FUJI 100, MIUT – Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, Swiss Canyon Trail, South Downs Way 100, Quebec Mega Trail and RMB Ultra-Trail Cape Town.

So clearly they are willing to welcome new races, and also clearly there is huge interest by other race directors. What I’m now curious in what the guidelines are to accept these new races into the series. Will be fascinating to watch this grow.

About the Grand Raid des Pyrenees:

The Grand Raid des Pyrenees is one of the most well established, challenging races on the ultra-running calendar. It all started back in 2008 with +400 runners and two races, 75 and 150 km. Now, at the end of August, over 6000 runners come to enjoy 7 race distances from 40 Km to 160, the “GRP” as it’s commonly called in France is a race weekend with pure French DNA, that includes a warm and friendly atmosphere.

This is WTM’s first race in France, held just a week prior to UTMB and in itself has 6,700 participants. Kind of mind-blowing how popular trail races are in Europe.

The respective Global Races Series Calendars are updated.

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