The Golden Trail World Series and the Golden Trail National Series
exist to celebrate and grow the sport of trail running.
The series stand 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 saw the Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) appear in some countries like France, Spain, Italy, CZE-SK-POL. 2020 will see the GTNS in China and UK.
Depending of the geography, a GTNS could be held in different countries like France and Belgium, Spain and Portugal, CZE SK and POL 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.
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 World Series will choose a very special race for the Grand Finale. In 2020, the top 11 men and women from the overall ranking after the 6th race – plus a partner or friend will be invited to the Grand Finale in Patagonia for a dream trip. The top 5 will receive €10,000 of prize money and from 6th spot to 10th €5,000 whereas the 11th will only get the dream trip to the finale. This is the guarantee of an epic battle till the last finish line.
The GTWS will donate €5000 to an environemental association in order to compensate our carbon foot print.
The 2020 Golden Trail World Series Finale will be held at the K42 PATAGONIA, VILLA LA ANGOSTURA in ARGENTINA.
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 national finale and an overall GTNS Grand Finale in the Azores, gathering the best of each GTNS.
The top 3 men and women of the overall GTNS Grand Finale will be invited to participate to the GTWS the next year.
As the GTWS, the values of the series will be respected: parity, equity, transparency and honesty