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The 14th edition of what is probably the world’s most famous trail running race – the UTMB(Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) takes place in just over six months time.

 

We’ve trawled the statistics to bring you 15 facts about this year’s race…

  1. There were 700 runners in the inaugural race in 2003
  2. Almost 5500 runners applied for places in the 2016 race – its 14th year
  3. Since 2005 the UTMB has been limited to 2300 runners, the CCC to 1900, TDS 1600 and OCC 1400
  4. Including a maximum of 100 teams of three in the PTL, that makes 7500 competitors in total
  5. A qualifying points system has been in place since 2007

6. There are 1131 officially-recognised qualifying races around the world

7. The percentage chances of being successful in the ballot this year (left hand column) and last year (right hand column) are shown below:

8. There was an 8% reduction in applications for the UTMB in 2016 – probably due to the new requirement for a 9th qualifying points

9. 2016 marked the first time there had to be a draw for entries into the TDS

10. Runners from 86 countries will take part in the 2016 UTMB races

 

11. Countries represented include Algeria, Dominican Republic, Gambia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Niger, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Venezuela

12. The top 10 countries represented across all races in 2016 are:

 

France – 40.2% (3771 runners)
Spain – 10.3% (965)
Italy – 9.2% (863)
United Kingdom – 5.9% (552)
Japan – 3.2% (304)
Belgium – 2.9% (275)
Switzerland – 2.6% (241)
Portugal – 2.3%  (213)
Germany – 2.1% (202)
China – 2.1%  (197)

  1. Fourteen of the 86 countries will be represented by more than 100 runners (the ten above, plus Poland, Hong Kong, Brazil and the USA)
  2. Women represent 14.2% of runners overall and 25% in the OCC
  3. The breakdown of runners by continent is shown below:

Africa : 32
Europe : 7896
Asia : 723
South America : 310
North America : 230
Australasia : 78
Middle East : 49
Eastern Europe : 58
Central Asia : 3

UTMB Coverage on Profeet

 

Profeet will be covering all the UTMB races in 2016.

 

Our ambassador Robbie Britton will be taking part in the UTMB and our social media manager Iain Martin in the CCC – watch out for blogs from both of them in the lead up to and after their races.

 

For advice on the best shoes for training and competing, please contact our team.  This video shows you what happens in a Profeet run fit.

If you’re interested in the UTMB, you might also like our infographic about the event from two years ago:


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