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The Golden Trail World Series and the Golden Trail National Series
exist to celebrate and grow the sport of trail running.
The series stands out in the modern sports world respecting unique values
like parity, equity, transparency and honesty
The races have been chosen to highlight the most iconic events in the sport today.

The Golden Trail World Series

It aims to promote professional trail runners as the world-class athletes that they are, to showcase and protect the awe-inspiring nature and environments where we play and compete and to acknowledge the amazing, passionate fans as an essential ingredient in the sport
Each of the six races in the series has been specifically selected because of the scenery, the challenge, the history and the atmosphere that they offer to both the runners and to the public. These are the races that every runner wants to experience and some of the first written on any runner’s bucket list. More below...

 

The Golden Trail National Series

After a successful year in 2018 for the GTWS (ex-GTS), 2019 we will see the Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) appear in some countries like France, or Spain and more to come.

Depending of the country, the GTNS could be held in different countries like France and Belgium or Spain and Portugal, etc…

While The GTWS aims to concentrate the best international athletes, the GTNS aims to concentrate the best national athletes and give them an opportunity to be invited on the GTWS (World) the next following year.

More below…

ZEGAMA – SPAIN

“Zegama is Zegama” The Basque Fever. Only lucky few runners have the opportunity to run through the highest peaks of the Basque Country

MONT BLANC MARATHON – FRANCE

The Mont-Blanc Marathon, the Roller Coaster in the heart of the European mountains offers the best sceneray on the majestic MONT BLANC

DOLOMYTHS RUN SKYRACE – ITALY

The Couloir of Hell. Get ready to run up to the top of the Piz Boè placed at 3152m, with a vertical climb of over 1700 D+ 

SIERRE-ZINAL – SWITZERLAND

The Fast & Furious, the fastest race of the series, attracting a really high level of athlete. A race that consistently goes down to the wire in a final kilometer sprint for victory.

PIKES PEAK – USA

The summit of the race is at 4,302m altitude making it the highest of the series. It’s also one of the two races, along with Sierre Zinal, with the seemingly impossible course records. Can anyone break them?

RING OF STEALL SKYRACE– SCOTLAND

The “short” version of the Glen Coe Skyline, the most technical race of the series, the Scottish Vertigo

The Golden Trail World Series combines these iconic races into a new and revolutionary concept. A clear and simple format where each runner’s best three results from the six races count. This will generate excitement for the public following the entire season and to ensure that elites meet each other a maximum of times during the year guarantying a high level on each race

It is more than just a race series however – it’s a celebration of trail running, trail running athletes and the fans. Every celebration needs a party – a finale that embodies everything we stand for. Each year The Golden Trail Series will choose a very special race for the Grand Final. The top 10 men and women from the overall ranking after the 6th race – plus a partner or friend will be invited to the Grand Final for a dream trip where each and every one of the final top ten after 7th race will receive €5000 of prize money.

To make the challenge even more interesting, human and unique, the Golden Trail World Series will support, all year long, a cause linked to the country of the Grand finale.

10 000€ from the GTWS + the amount of a crowdfounding will be donated to the cause in 2019.

The 2019 Golden Trail World Series Final will be held at the ANNAPURNA TRAIL MARATHON in NEPAL

The aim of those national series is to give the opportunity to any strong athlete, to take part to the most prestigious international trail running series the following year and measure themselves to the best world athletes.

Each national series will highlight the best races & the best athletes of the countries with a formula between 3 to 5 races + a grand final

The best athletes of the overall ranking will be invited to take part of the grand national final.

As the GTWS, the values of the series will be respected: parity, equity, transparency and honesty

It aims to promote professional trail runners as the world-class athletes that they are, to showcase and protect the awe-inspiring nature and environments where we play and compete and to acknowledge the amazing, passionate fans as an essential ingredient in the sport
Each of the six races in the series has been specifically selected because of the scenery, the challenge, the history and the atmosphere that they offer to both the runners and to the public. These are the races that every runner wants to experience and some of the first written on any runner’s bucket list.