As every year we have been evaluating our points attribution system for the Asia Trail Master Championship. Without changing too much and always sticking to the principle of "easy to calculate, easy to follow" , the 2018 system sees a few modifications that may be relevant for those fast runners gunning for a top placing in the championship. The most significant of these amendments is that B-races of 70K will no longer offer the full 400 performance points for the winner, but only 300. In our attempt to harmonise everything across the whole event calendar, we felt that B-races of a few events were overvalued - points-wise - in 2017.
While the 'five-best-count' rule remains for the final classification at the end of the season, it should be noted that we require one of those five races to be a SuperTrail in 2018. If no SuperTrail is among the races run by an individual, his or her points total will be reduced by 250 points. This amendment is being introduced to avoid a situation whereby a runner collects high doses of points in some of the more remote or less competitive races on our calendar.
There will be six SuperTrail races in 2018, whereby UTKC in Thailand, the 9 Dragons Ultra in Hong Kong, Cordillera Mountain Ultra and the Penang Eco 100 in Malaysia take place in the first half of the year, and Bandung Ultra 100 in Indonesia and Izu Trail Journey in Japan in the second part.
The Asia Trail Master Championship series continues to offer challenges and opportunities for runners of all levels and characteristics, mountain goats and quick rabbits.
In a nutshell:
General rule: The points system is designed to be easily understood on purpose. Runners score points in each Asia Trail Master series race that they finish, as long as the race distance qualifies for Asia Trail Master points. Runners score two kinds of points:
More than 1 race distance at the same event
Multiple-day stage trail races
Final ATM Championship Ranking at the end of the year
Joint points total in final Championship Ranking
The Championship Ranking will be filtered by gender and by nationality
The Asia Trail Master ranking will be updated immediately after each race, and published on the ATMs website via http://m.racetimingsolutions.com/rankings , followed by a press release.