THE GOLDEN TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020
The GTWS aims to promote professional trail runners as world-class athletes, to celebrate and mature the trail running scene and to offer true trail running attractions to its fans. The GTWS has worked on a new format to respect this: the Golden Trail Championship
On the condition that the covid-19 has stopped spreading and that governments authorize trail running races from September and travel abroad from October
1. THE CHAMPIONSHIP MECHANISM
The Golden Trail Championship will take place in the Azores from the 28/10/2020 to 01/11/2020. Everyone can participate even if the runner did not take part in a golden race or golden segment and in the limit of the race bibs available. Find more logistic info here
It is a 4-day stage race organized by Azores Trail Run®️:
At the end of the 4 days, an overall ranking will be established and the Golden Trail Champion will be the one with the lowest cumulated time of all the stages.
There will also be awards distributed per stage (daily)
- Stage Winner
- Stage Best climber : on only one specific climb
- Stage Best downhiller: on only one specific downhill
- Stage Best sprinter : between 1 and 2km per stage anywhere on the course
There will also be awards distributed per speciality
- GT Climber Champions : cumulated time of all the stages’ uphill climbs
- GT Downhiller Champions : cumulated time of all the stages’ downhills
- GT Sprinter Champions : cumulated time of all the stages of the sprint sections
There are 74 golden tickets to win, shared over different races or segments (golden races, golden segments and GTNS) in 19 different countries.
A golden race (GR) is a race where there are golden tickets to win.
GTNS , Golden Trail National Series
A golden segment (GS) is a loop timed on an application with a digital ranking. Find all of them in our strava club STRAVA
They will be open from July 1st till October 1st (23H59)
Runners taking part to these segments run at their own risk and have to ensure they have all the necessary equipment, including a mobile phone to run them
A golden ticket (Gtk) is a ticket that provides the runner: free race bib, flights*, accommodation & meals in a hotel specified by the race organization: Azores Faial Garden resort
A golden ticket can not be transmitted to anyone and can only be used by the runner who won it. A runner can win only one golden ticket.
The number of golden tickets per race/segment has been decided in relation with the country where it takes place.
Golden tickets winners must write to firstname.lastname@example.org between the 02/10 and 04/10 indicating their last name/first name/country/team/ segment they won. We will get back to them on the 05/10.
If a country is not allowed to travel to the Azores due to the Covid-19 situation, the golden tickets winners of this country will get €500 in prize money to compensate the situation. If the whole GTC has to be cancelled, all the golden tickets winners will get this prize money.
Golden Pass (GP) is a golden ticket given directly to some runners:
The TOP 11 GTWS 2019 and the runners who won their tickets for the GTWS 2020 on one of the GTNS 2019 get a golden ticket for the GTC 2020 without having to win one on any of the golden races or on any of the golden segments.
Find the list of the Golden Races and Golden Segments in the list below:
COUNTRY | g-Races & Segments | Date | n° of Golden tickets
AUSTRALIA | G-Segment Aussie | CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
AUSTRIA | Mayrhofen Ultraks | 12/09/20 | 1M 1W
BELGIUM | La Bouillonnante | CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
CANADA | G-Segment Canada | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
CZECH | Jesenický Maraton | 22/08/20 | 1M 1W
FINLAND | G-Segment Finland| 01/07 to 05/09 | 1M 1W
FRANCE | G-Segment France | 01/07 to 01/10 | 2M 2W
GERMANY | G-Segment Ger | 03/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
ITALY | G-Segment Transpelmo| 28/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
ITALY | G-Segment BUT | 29/07 to 01/10| 1M 1W
JAPAN |G-Segment Japan | 31/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
MEXICO |Golden Segment + El Chico Hidalgo Mountain Race | 1M 1W
THE NETHERLANDS | G-Segment NL | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
NORWAY | G-Segment NOR | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
POLAND | Golden Mountain Trail Race| 17/07/20 | 1M 1W
SOUTH AFRICA | G-Segment SA | 13/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
SPAIN | Trail Cap de Creus | 27/09/20 | 4M 4W
SWEDEN | G-Segment Sweden Kullamannen | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
SWEDEN | Fjallmaraton 27K | 25/07/20 | 1M 1W
SWITZERLAND | G-Segment Sierre-Zinal |01/07 to 01/10| 5M 5W
UK | G-Segment UK Lakes | 15/07 to 01/10| 1M 1W
UK | G-Segment UK Peaks | 16/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
USA | G-Segment Pacific NW | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
USA | G-Segment Arizona | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
USA | G-Segment Colorado | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
USA | G-Segment California | 06/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
USA | G-Segment New England | 01/07 to 01/10 | 1M 1W
There is only one category for each: overall male and overall female.
4. PRIZE MONEY
€100,000 to win over 4 days
- Golden Trail Champions :€6,500
- 2nd to 5th: €5,000
- 6th to 10th: €2,500
The top 10 M&W will get their Golden Pass for the GTWS 2021.
This means that they will get financial support (in the maximum defined in the GTWS Rules) to participate in all the GTWS 2021 races and have race bibs guaranteed and free.
- Golden Trail Climber Champions: €1,000
- Golden Trail Downhiller Champions: €1,000
- Golden Trail Sprinter Champions: €1,000
DAILY RANKING (per stage)
- Stage Winner: €500
- Stage Best Climber: €500
- Stage Best Downhiller: €500
- Stage Best Sprinter: €500
The prizes money can not be accumulated. If a runner is the best stage climber and best stage downhiller, he/she can only get one of the prize money. The prize money is then won by the runner lying in 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the corresponding classification.
The same thing happens for the overall ranking.
A specific bib will be given after the first stage and for the following stages to the overall leaders (yellow bib) , overall climb leaders (red bib) , overall downhill leaders (blue bib), overall sprint leaders (green bib) . If a runner is leading several classifications, he/she naturally only wears one bib: the one designated by the order of priority:
1. yellow bib 2. red bib 3. blue bib 4. green bib
The other bibs are then worn by the runner lying 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the corresponding classification.
We ask everyone wishing to participate to pre-register to the race on this LINK before August 15th, 2020
However, if someone won a golden ticket, he/she will have a spot reserved even if he/she didn’t do the pre-registration
There are two options when registering:
– Option A:“I register, I want to go to the race even if I don’t get a golden ticket”
– Option B:“I register, I will only go if I have a golden ticket”
There will be a lottery among the ones who checked the option A on August 30th, 2020
The cost of the race is: 260€ for the 4 days for the runners who didn’t get a golden ticket or pass and who will get a spot in the lottery.
Any competitor expressly waives the right to any images during the GOLDEN TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020, as he/she renounces all re-course against the organizer and his authorized partners for the use made of his/her images.
In accordance with the Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978, you have the right to access and rectify your personal data. Through us, you may receive proposals from other companies or associations. If you do not wish it, you just have to write to us by indicating us your names, first name, complete address.
8. HEALTH POLICY
ELITES SUPPORT RULES
There are 74 golden tickets to win on the different golden races or segments all over the world.
The Golden Tickets include:
- – Free race bib
- – Accommodation and meals for 8 nights in an hotel specified by the race organization
- – Support for flights from home to Horta in the maximum defined (max 1200€ from outside of Europe / max 450€ from Europe)***
TOP 11 GTWS 2019
The TOP 11 GTWS 2019 get a golden pass. Therefore they don’t need to participate to one of the golden races or segments to get a golden ticket
The runners who won their ticket for the GTWS 2020 on one of the GTNS 2019 get a golden pass ; Therefore they don’t need to participate to one of the golden races or segments to get a golden ticket.
***Athlete must show all the invoices/receipts to claim the money. If the amount is under the maximum defined the athlete will receive the exact amount of his/her expenses. If it’s above the maximum defined the athlete won’t receive more than the maximum defined.
Where can I can more info about the logistic of the GTC?
On Azores Trail Run website
I qualified on one of the GTNS 2019, I was supposed to get 3 entries to the GTWS 2020. What is the compensation?
You get a golden pass. You are directly invited to the GTC in theAzores: flights+accommodation+meals . This means that you do not need to run one of the golden races or segment.
I was supposed to be invited on some of the GTWS 2020 races (Zegama/Marathon du Mont-Blanc/Dolomyth’s Run/Sierre-Zinal/Pikes Peak Marathon/ Ring of Steall) due to my ITRA ranking or thanks to my TOP 10 in one of those races in 2019. Do I still get an invitation?
We are sorry but all support for athletes to go to these races is cancelled.
The GTWS as it normally stands will not take place this year.
Additionally, so far, 3 of these races are cancelled, others are postponed and do not fit in the calendar, others are in countries where borders will not be open.
Can I participate in the GTC if I don’t have a golden ticket?