15th of August 2014:
THE ULTRA TRAIL TORRES DEL PAINE BRINGS FORWARD A 3-POINT QUALIFYING RACE FOR THE ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC®
The inaugural edition of the Ultra Trail Torres del Paine launches a 109 km race distance, which allows its finishers to acquire 3 points for the new race distance that The North Face®Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. The event will take place in the majestic Torres del Paine National Park, which is an official UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve located in Chilean Patagonia. With a 3,116 m ascent, the route of the race distance starts at the Mirador Lago Sarmiento and ends in Hotel Las Torres, together with the 42 km and 67 km distance.
Originally for the race’s 2015 edition, the 109 km race distance has been made available for the first edition but only by invitation. The race’s technical team will determine the participants for this race distance by choosing among the registered and confirmed runners for the 67 km distance. Interested runners for the 109 km must register for the 67 km distance in order to be considered for the 109 km race.
“We continue to move forward on the development of the Ultra Trail de Torres del Paine, defining long-term structures and working on its design and its position amongst international events,” said Stjepan Pavicic, the race director of the event. “In this sense as well as considering some international standards and requests from our runners, we decided to push through with the introduction of the largest race distances of the event.”
Runners from 14 countries all over the world, specifically Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, España, Estados Unidos, Francia, Guatemala, Sudáfrica, Uruguay and Venezuela, have already registered for the event. Registration for the event closes on the 26th of August or when all available slots have been filled. The registration for the 42 km has already been closed and a few slots are left for the longer distances. Registration to the event may be made through the event’s website:
About the organization:
Since its inception in 2002, NIGSA has valued unique expeditions that have never been done before. Its in-depth geographical knowledge of Southern Patagonia allows NIGSA not only to craft new ways of discovering and promoting Patagonia but also to further the conservation of and the sustainability within the region.
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