The inevitable announcement was made this week that UTMB 2020 would be cancelled due to COVID-19.
The decision is a disappointment for thousands of runners who have qualified, trained and set their sights on taking part in the biggest trail running race in the world. And then we have the event organizers, sponsors and local businesses which are so invested in UTMB.
BUT, there is always next year!
The announcement has made us re-cap the highlights of recent UTMB races and we look back no further than 2018 when Francesca Canepa conquered her UTMB dream. Francesca stayed determined and committed throughout the 172.5 kilometers before turning into Chamonix totop the podium and inspire the trail running community.
Francesca was a UGLOW Athlete at the time – we shared a great partnership & we were always touched by Francesca’s passion and desire.
In 2018, Kevin Vermeulen (UGLOW Athlete at the time) finished 3rd in the OCC after coming out on top in a battle all way to the line.
After finishing 2nd at UTMB in 2018, UGLOW Athlete, Robert Hajnal, was a quiet contender for the 2019 race, but unfortunately things did not go to plan and Robert was forced to withdraw.
For anybody who has been part of UTMB as a competitor or a spectator they will understand how special the event is. We can’t wait for the event toreturn in 2021 and we wish you all the best with your journey to the start line.Bon courage,
Considering recent global events our training and racing plans for 2020 have changed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t focus on smaller challenges.
The landscape for running and cycling events is shifting online and we want to connect the global Uglow Sport community to join the fun.
We’re bringing you four individual challenges throughout May, which you can take part in close to home while following social distancing regulations relevant to where you live. Join one challenge or all four, it’s up to you.
Participation in the Uglow Virtual Series is 100% free and we’re throwing in a bunch of prizes for you to win. The Series is open to everyone so invite your friends and family.
You’ll have the whole week to complete the Event – all you have to do is get out there, track your effort and UPLOAD your activity to Strava.
Once your activity is uploaded, snap a pic and SHARE on social media tagging @uglowsport so that we can send you some Kudos.
Your attempt will be recorded on the Event leader board. PRIZES will be awarded to the Male and Female at the top of the leader board at the end of the week. We’re also awarding prizes drawn at random so everyone has a chance to win.
WHEN DOES IT START?
Challenge 1: 4th – 10th May
Challenge 2: 11th – 17th May
Challenge 3: 18th – 24th May
Challenge 4: 25th – 31st May
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES?
Challenge details will be released one week in advance, but we can tell you now that Challenge 1 is a 5KM time-trial. Just you against the clock – simple.
We are also providing some healthy competition for your kids, check out the 1KM, 2KM or 3KM Uglow Kids Challenge on our Strava Club as well.
WHERE IS IT?
There is no entry fee or official venue, the Uglow Sport Challenge is entirely virtual – its up to you whether you take to the road, mountain, beach or your garden to complete the Challenge.
1st Male and 1st Female will win a Uglow Super Speed Aero T-Shirt from the 2020 Collection and we’re offering 3 lucky draw prizes per challenge.
We do, however, ask that anybody who takes part follows their local social distancing rules. Let’s have fun, but stay safe at the same time.
Got questions? Get in touch via Facebook and Instagram or leave us a message in the Uglow Sport Strava Club and we’ll get straight back. We can’t wait to get started!