PAU CAPELL, CLAIRE BANNWARTH, ESTHER FELLHOFER, ALEXANDER WESTENBERGER AMONGST THE ELITE RUNNERS DUE TO RACE AT 11th EDITION OF ISTRIA 100 BY UTMB!

By 02 Απρ 2024

UMAG, Croatia, BARCELONA, Spain– This weekend, over 2,560 trail runners will take to the Istrian peninsula of Croatia to race in the 11th edition of Istria 100 by UTMB. Among them will be over 50 elite runners who will be looking to secure their spot to the UTMB World Series Finals in Mont-Blanc.

 

 

All eyes will be on Spaniard, Pau Capell (UTMB index: 890), who comes hot off a 7th place position at Chianti Ultra Trail by UTMB two weeks ago. Racing the 110k, Capell will be hoping to grab his golden ticket to the UTMB World Series Finals. Also racing in the 110k will be Janosch Kowalczyk (DEU, UTMB index: 875) who won the same distance at mozart 100 by UTMB last year, as well as fellow Spaniard Pablo Villa who unfortunately DNF’ed in the Miler at Doi Inthanon in December.

Racing the 168km (100M) will be Esther Fellhofer (UTMB index: 716) whose most recent results saw her take the win at KAT100 by UTMB, as well as coming second at Julian Alps Trail Run by UTMB last year. She will likely be challenged by French trail icon, Claire Bannwarth (UTMB index 708) who made headlines when she won the Winter Spine Race in January.

Further details about elites racing can be found below.

Facts about Istria 100 by UTMB

  • There are 5 distances in total taking place from 5 to 7 April.
  • The longest 168K (100M) race starts in Labin. The 100K and 69K start Buzet. The 42K starts in Motovun and the 21K starts in Grožnjan. All the courses finish in the western part of the peninsula and the race centre, Umag.
  • Jim Walmsley (USA) currently holds the 168K course record (17:40:34) following his first place finish last year which secured his UTMB World Series Finals place.
  • The trail routes lead runners through the heart of the Istrian peninsula, enabling them to experience every possible aspect of trail running, from technical terrain and forests to medieval towns, hilltop towns, city centers and of course, stunning panoramic views.

 

The full list can be found here:

Elite Runner Start List (utmb.world)

 

About UTMB® World Series

UTMB® World Series is the world's ultimate trail-running circuit that unites the sport's biggest stars and passionate runners through the best, leading international events in the most stunning locations. Built on a passion for the mountains with sustainability at its heart, UTMB® World Series gives all trail runners the chance to experience the UTMB® adventure across the world, with events taking place across Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. It is the only place where runners can begin their quest to Dacia UTMB® Mont-Blanc, France, where the prestigious UTMB® World Series Finals will be held. Launched in May 2021 through the collaboration between the UTMB Group and The IRONMAN Group, the UTMB World Series circuit brings together many of the best international trail-running events on the planet. For more information, visit utmb.world.

About UTMB Group

Since the creation of Dacia UTMB® Mont-Blanc in 2003 by a group of passionate friends, UTMB Group has been the driving force behind the development of trail running. The Dacia UTMB® Mont-Blanc is the sports pinnacle event, and every year, 10,000 runners earn their place on the start line. UTMB Group also pioneered the LiveTrail® technology, an innovative digital service that supports the management of endurance races. Revered by hundreds of thousands of athletes, UTMB® has become a global, premium, and leading brand. In May 2021, UTMB Group partnered with The IRONMAN Group to launch the UTMB® World Series, which brings together many of the best international events on the planet to provide exclusive access to the sport's pinnacle event, Dacia UTMB® Mont-Blanc. The UTMB® World Series is built on the founding principles of Dacia UTMB® Mont-Blanc: surpassing oneself; fair-play; respect for people and the environment; and solidarity. Find out more at https://utmb.world/.

 

 

 

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