UPDATE 19 February 2018 - Indonesia's Arief Wismoyono find himself back at the top of the ATM standings after two fourth places in this early part of the 2018 season. Wismoyono, first runner-up in the championship last year, accumulated 850 points in Tahura Trail and UTKC. Canada-based Filippino Dean Perez is second after finishing strongly in two races as well. Perez was third in Rizal Mountain Run and ninth in Pilipinas Akyathlon. He preceeds Rudy Paghubasa and Nephil Parel, who also wolfed the Filippino trails the past weeks. Hong Kong-based Canadian Jeff Campbell made a fantastic debut in the ATM championship series by winning the Tahura Trail Marathon in Bandung, Indonesia. 35-year-old Campbell is a star in Hong Kong and a specialist over the medium trail distance (he has never ran beyond 60K in racing conditions). The same, interestingly enough, can be said about Philippines' new trail star John Ray Onifa, and another pinoy roadie who tried trail, Elias Tabac. Together they have 500 points.
2017 ATM Champion Kim Matthews took the best possible start of her new season by winning the opening race comfortably. She was joined at Rizal Mountain Run a week later by Aggy Sabanal Smith from Philippines. Aggy also started in Akyathlon but not feeling well she retired early in the race. Majo Liao won the Akyathlon and joined Matthews and Sabanal at the top of the standing, until Indonesia's Ruth Theresia won the Thailand SuperTrail, UT Koh Chang, and jumped ahead of all three of them thanks to the 50 bonus points. None of the contenders has so far completed more than one race.
As in 2017, the championship will be 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. New in 2018 is that one-of-five is expected to be a SuperTrail race, otherwise the runner will lose 250 points.
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