Ehunmilak 2020 to open registrations tomorrow for its 168k-88k-42k in July. Ehunmilak renounces UTMB points for ethical reasons, while still awarding ITRA points.
EHUNMILAK 2020 OPENS REGISTRATION TOMORROW 17H.(GMT+1) The celebration of the eleventh edition will be in July 10-12, with the opening tomorrow, after an Eunmilak 2019 that gave us a great sport and popular show. Last night the last big change for this edition was confirmed, and what a change: Having always been a race focused upon the popular runner, first and foremost, Ehunmilak has chosen to renounce UTMB points from now onwards, although it will continue paying the ITRA fee and awarding ITRA points for other races.
Please remember that, although so far both entities have shared Michel Poletti as their president from the start, UTMB and ITRA are notheless separate entities. Read below what makes this basque hundred miles a unique event…and a most memorable experience, that makes a fan out of every visiting runner.
EHUNMILAK, THE POPULAR RUNNER AT HEART IN EACH AND EVERY DETAIL.
In 2019, the tenth edition of Ehunmilak was almost the perfect celebration of the sport: We enjoyed popular records with 1,300 exhausted bibs and a new all time high of 1,600 volunteers, as well as FIVE new course records out of the six possible, between male and female for the three distances.
Ehunmilak was, since its start, a different event, one which focused first and foremost upon the popular runner. Albeit, it is true that many ot the worlds elites have enjoyed its trails year after year. The fastest hundred miles, G2H and Marimurumendi marathon ever. But even more than for its popular success, this edition has marked a milestone in sports, with a leap forward that has left us no less than five new records, of the six possible in the three races. Something that could already be intuited when seeing that by this 2019, the six current champions had opted to defend their “txapela”… and that before them came new applicants with a proven track record.
See below the 2020 race profiles, from the Marimurumendi marathon to the 88km Goierriko bi Haundiak and the basque hundred miles, the Ehunmilak, as the main event.
EHUNMILAK 2020 RENOUNCES UTMB POINTS: OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION.
From the 2020 edition onwards, ehunmilak Ultra-Trail®, goierriko2haundiak and the marimurumendi marathon WILL NOT BE QUALIFIABLE for UTMB®.
ehunmilak was born from the dream of a runner who travelled to Chamonix 14 years ago to run in a very unknown race. Such was his admiration for that race that he come back home to organize a similar race in the mountains he ran and enjoyed. After 2 years of hard work, ehunmilak Ultra-Trail® and goierriko2haundiak were born.
The objectives and realities of the 2 events were not similar since the beginning, but the organizing committee of ehunmilak Ultra-Trail® has always been very aware of what the mirror was to look at, as UTMB® like the most important ultra discipline race.
However, the philosophy of our organizing team has always been the same: make a race by and for the runner. We dedicate all our efforts and financial resources, until the last €, in the runner, to offer you a racer of excellent quality and safety. As a sing of this, for example, we offer free GPS tracking of the participants, free transport for the companions or the complete medical report, including a resting electrocardiogram, we request for a fast and efficient attention to the runner in the race. To do this, we have the invaluable financial help from local, and regional businesses, from institutions, such as the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Basque Government, and thousands of people who, with their selfless collaboration, have made this race be what it is today.
We will follow admiring UTMB®, its participants, environment and public but we simply believe that our main objectives have moving farther from the UTMB® philosophy, which has motivated us not to be qualifiable for Chamonix.
About ITRA points, our races WILL CONTINUE giving points.
EHUNMILAK 2019 FROM THE INSIDE, BY OUR EDITOR MAYAYO AND GUSTAVO MONTES (Factorrunning-Argentina)
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