The RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town has recently marked a significant milestone in its journey by joining the prestigious World Trail Majors.
This inclusion not only elevates the event’s status but also highlights Cape Town as a prime destination for large-scale sporting events.
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The Rise of RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town in the World Trail Majors
The newly formed World Trail Majors brings together organisers of the world’s most iconic ultra-trail races. This collaborative effort aims to steer the sport’s development while preserving its core values.
RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town, with its scenic route traversing Table Mountain and the Peninsula, has grown exponentially since its inception in 2014.
From a modest start with only 16 finishers in the 100 km race, it now boasts over 2,000 participants from around the globe, making it a truly international event.
Celebrating Diversity and Heritage in Trail Running
Stuart McConnachie, the Race Director of RMB UTCT, emphasises the importance of diversity and independent races in maintaining the sport’s integrity.
This sentiment resonates with the World Trail Majors’ mission to uphold trail running’s unique identity and local cultural significance. Each race in the Majors is distinct, offering varied experiences across different terrains and locations.
This variety is not just a challenge for the runners but also a celebration of the sport’s rich and diverse nature.
The Growing Popularity of Trail Running
These sports offer an escape from the restrictions of urban life and a unique way to connect with nature. The World Trail Majors aims to maintain this ethos, ensuring the sport remains accessible and true to its roots.
Race Schedule of World Trail Majors 2024
World Trail Majors is an open association, and the first edition will be held in 2024 and will include the following events:
|Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon||Trail running showcase in Asia||18th – 21st Jan 2024||102 km||+5314 m||Hong Kong|
|Black Canyon Ultras||American trail running on historic routes||10th – 11th Feb 2024||100 km||+1250 m||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|The North Face Transgrancanaria||Classic in the world trail calendar||21st – 25th Feb 2024||126 km||+6804 m||Canary Islands, Spain|
|Mt. Fuji 100||Japanese-style trail running at Mt. Fuji||26th – 27th Apr 2024||165 km||+7574 m||Fujiyoshida, Japan|
|MIUT – Madeira Island Ultra-Trail||Iconic event in Madeira||27th – 28th Apr 2024||115 km||+7100 m||Madeira, Portugal|
|Swiss Canyon Trail||Central European benchmark event||7th – 9th Jun 2024||111 km||+5350 m||Val de Travers, Switzerland|
|South Downs Way||Classic UK trail race||8th – 9th Jun 2024||161 km||+3800 m||Winchester, UK|
|Quebec Mega Trail||Wild trail running in Canadian mountains||5th – 7th Jul 2024||160 km||+6500 m||Quebec, Canada|
|RMB Ultra-Trail Cape Town||Mountain trails near a cosmopolitan city||22nd – 24th Nov 2024||166 km||+7516 m||Cape Town, South Africa|
Core Values of the World Trail Majors
The World Trail Majors stand on the pillars of diversity, respect, and identity. It’s not just about the physical challenge; it’s about respecting the environment, involving local communities, and leaving a lasting, positive impact on both the runners and the regions they traverse. Each race in the Majors has its own story, deeply rooted in its local environment and community.
Sidónio Freitas, the Race Director of MIUT-Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, echoes these values. He highlights the honor of being part of a group that represents the true spirit of trail running, and the opportunity it presents to bring together a global community that appreciates the adventure and beauty of off-road running.
Looking Ahead for RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town
The RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town’s inclusion in the World Trail Majors is a testament to the event’s growth and the rising appeal of trail running worldwide.
As the 2023 edition approaches, it promises not just a race, but an experience that embodies the spirit of trail running – a journey through breathtaking landscapes, a challenge that tests limits, and an adventure that connects runners from across the globe.
As trail running continues to evolve, events like the RMB UTCT will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping its future, keeping the sport vibrant, diverse, and deeply connected to its roots.