8th of September 2014
The registration for the inaugural edition of the Ultra Trail Torres del Paine closed on the 26th of August 2014 with 100 selected runners from 14 countries. Runners from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay, United States of America, and Venezuela are taking part in the first ultra trail running event in Torres del Paine National Park. Most runners are coming from Chile, taking up 53% of the available slots. Chile is followed by its neighboring countries, Argentina and Brazil, and then by the United States and Australia (A total of 35% from all four countries).
Opening only 100 slots for its inaugural edition, all of them were filled with 15 runners for the 109 km, 50 for the 67 km, and 35 for the 42 km. With the 67 km and 109 km distances being qualifying races for the North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, their runners will garner 2 and 3 points respectively.
The event has ten race ambassadors who share the spirit and mission of the Ultra Trail Torres del Paine: Krissy Moehl (USA), Veronica Bravo (Chile), Ryan Sandes (South Africa), Yassine Diboun (USA), Marcelo Sinoca (Brazil), Billy Barnett (USA), Willie McBride (USA), Max Keith (Chile), and John Focke (USA). Five of those ambassadors will be participating in the race’s inaugural edition: Bravo (Chile), McBride (USA), and Diboun (USA) will run the 109 km distance, while Sinoca (Brazil) and Keith (Chile) will run the 67 km distance.
“After more than a decade of creating experiences in Patagonia, such as the Patagonian Expedition Race and the Patagonian International Marathon, we are sure that this event will be an incredible way to discover this area. We are proud of the extraordinary international reception of the event, and we are sure that it will contribute to the sustainable economic development of the local communities in the region,” said Stjepan Pavicic, the race director. “We are very happy to welcome runners from over 10 countries to join us make this first step to a series of ultra trail running in the extreme south of Chilean Patagonia. We are now finalizing the event’s details for this September, as well as designing its next edition for 2015.”
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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.