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Qualifying Criteria

We will go through your complete application very carefully. Primary & secondary qualifying criteria will be examined before confirming your entry. Primary criteria will clearly layout the type of races & distances you should have completed in a time frame mentioned below.

 

Under Secondary Criteria, your whole ultra running history will be taken into account. Message / purpose in your application will be read by us carefully before coming to any conclusion.

 

In case you do not meet Primary qualifying criteria, your secondary qualifying criteria will be taken into consideration; no. of remaining spaces will be assessed before confirming a status of participation to you.

 

333 Km Category

 

  • Should have taken part in and completed the 222 Km or 333 Km distance at La Ultra – The High in any of the previous editions. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed a race with distance of at-least 200 miles in nonstop category from August 2017 to January 2019. And should have taken part & completed a race with distance of at-least 100 miles in nonstop category from January 2018 to January 2019. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed multiple races with distance in each being at-least 100 miles in nonstop category from January 2018 to January 2019. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed.
Example of races – Spartathlon, Badwater Ultra Marathon, Cost to Kosci ultra marathon, Spine Race, Brazil 160 mile race, Yukon Arctic ultra (320 mile / 420 mile race), JOGLE Ultra etc.

 

222 Km Category

 

  • Should have taken part in and completed the 222 Km or 111 Km distance at La Ultra – The High in any of the previous editions. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed at-least one race with distance being 100 miles and above in nonstop category from January 2018 to January 2019. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in a 24 / 48 hr nonstop race from January 2018 to January 2019. Total distance covered in such a race will be taken into account, and not mere completion. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed.

 

Example of Races – Leadville 100 mile race, Yukon Arctic 100 mile, UTMB, The Hammer Trail, Brazil 135 etc, Kutch 160 Km,  Bhatti Lakes 100 Mile or 220 Km solo, Western Ghats 160 K

 

111 Km Category

 

  • Should have taken part in and completed the 74 km Garhwal Runs in the same calendar year. Ex – 2019 Garhwal Runs will serve as a qualifying run for the 2019 La Ultra. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed at-least one race with distance being at-least 100 Km or above in non-stop category from January 2018 to January 2019. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in a 24 hr nonstop race from January 2018 to January 2019. Total distance covered in such a race will be taken into account, and not mere completionPrevious ultra running record will also be assessed.

 

Example of Races that qualify – Bangalore Ultra 100 Km, Nilgiri 100 , Annapurna 100 Km race (Nepal), Khardung Challenge (72 Km), Malnad Ultra, Javadhu Hills 100, The Windchasers Nilgiri Ultra

 

Edition X special

555 Km Category

 

  • This is an edition X special celebrating 10 years of La Ultra – The High. It’s hard to define qualifying criteria for a distance like 555 in conditions La Ultra throws at you. Those who have taken part in our race before stand a chance to understand the scale of it.
  • Those who have run the 222 Km La Ultra in 9 years OR; have run the 333 Km La Ultra in any of the previous 5 editions are welcome to apply.
  • We also welcome other ultra-runners who have not taken part in La Ultra yet but have many years of experience in ultra running and have finished numerous 100 mile & 200 mile races around the world in varying conditions such as terrain & temperature following a defined time limit.

 

55 Km Category

  • Interested runners should have done a full marathon (42 km) distance between Jan – May 2019.
  • You can also run the 33.3 km category at Garhwal Runs (La Ultra qualifier) to qualify for the 55 km run. Check events section for more details on Garhwal & how to register.

 

Note for all categories: Finishing a race mentioned as a qualifying race does not guarantee an entry to La Ultra – The High. Overall ultra-running experience & race profiles are assessed before coming to a decision. E.g – Finishing a race with tougher elevation profile & hilly terrain will have more weight than a track / stadium run. Also, meeting the qualifying criteria doesn’t guarantee you a slot at the start line. It is the organizer’s decision to accept a name or reject it, at our own discretion. 

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