UPDATE 10 DECEMBER 2018 - Singapore-based Italian Alessandro Sherpa has won the 2018 title with a gritty run in a direct dual with Spain’s Salva Rambla at the Izu Trail Journey in Japan. Sherpa had claimed the points lead with his second race win of the season at the Magnificent Merapoh Trail in August. However, in the last months both Tomohiro Mizukoshi and Rambla had begun to challenge his points advantage and the championship ultimately went down the wire in the last points race of the season.
In the women's competition, Indonesia’s Ruth Theresia took total control in September with race wins in Bandung Ultra, Ijen Trail and Plataran Bali. The Bandung Explorer ace was a class apart this season as nobody really came close to her points lead. After finishing a close third last year, Ruth Theresia finally got her ATM title and follows in the footsteps of her mentor Arief Wismoyono (champion in 2015).
As in 2017, the championship was decided at the end of the year by a five-best-count system, whereby the best five points results of each runner will be added up.
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