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:
The best 5 results in terms of points count for the final classification after the last race, as in 2017
Standard races: 500 championship points for winners:
100 finisher points + 400 performance points
Performance points for winners:
A races: 400
B races of 100K: 400
B races of 70K or C-races of 70K: 300
B races of < 70K: 200
Exceptions to this rule possible in selected cases
Performance points overview table link
Bonus finisher points:
SuperTrail bonus: 50
100 Miles bonus: 50
Abroad bonus: 50 (when 1 of minimum 3 races outside of resident country)
NEW: SuperTrail requirement
To avoid fast runners collecting high doses of points in very remote or less competitive races, we introduce the SuperTrail requirement, which says that 1 of the - minimum - five races that count for the final classification must be a SuperTrail for the runner to keep all his or her points. If the runner did not compete in a SuperTrail, his or her points total will be reduced by 250 points after the last SuperTrail race of the year has taken place.
There will be 6 SuperTrails races in 2018. Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines and Malaysia are already confirmed. Japan, Indonesia will be announced in due course
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:
Finisher points: each runner who finishes a race scores finisher points according to the race’s category (see below)
Performance points: each runner will score additional performance points according to his ranking in the official result of the race and according to a fixed table (see the table below)
SuperTrail refers to selected races, which offer 50 bonus points for finishers on the two longest race distances of the event. Standard refers to all other races.
Finishing any 100 Miles race distance also provides a runner with 50 bonus points
B distance refers to the second longest distance of a standard or SuperTrail event.
C distance refers to the third longest distance of a standard or SuperTrail event
More than 1 race distance at the same event
If an event offers two or more race distances, performance points can be given to finishers on the longest A-distance, and also on the shorter B and C-distances of the same event, according to the points distribution table above. Please check for each race if this applies for the race in question.
Multiple-day stage trail races
Performance points will be awarded according to the final overall classification, not per stage
If the start list of an event contains less than 100 names overall, maximum performance points will be limited to 300 for the winner (see table above).
A distinction will be made as of the second quarter (i.e. as of Sungai Menyala on 1 April 2018): If runners cross the finish line together, their ranking relative to each other at the last timing checkpoint before the race finish will be consulted to determine who scores the most performance points. We also like camaraderie and people enjoying successes together, yet ATM is a sporting competition and we must avoid a situation whereby late in the season a joint finish of two or more runners could be done on purpose for tactical reasons.
Final ATM Championship Ranking at the end of the year
Only the best 5 point-results of each runner obtained during the calendar year will be taken into account for the final ATM Championship Ranking. This means if a runner has done six races, his worst points result will not be taken into account
Runners who score points in 3 ATM races get a 50-point bonus if 1 of the 3 races took place outside the runner’s country of residence at the time of the race
Joint points total in final Championship Ranking
If two or more runners have the same points total: preference goes to the runner who won the most recent direct confrontation between the relevant runners. If this does not separate the two runners (for example in case there was an official joint finish), we check what their highest points score in 1 single race was. If this still does not separate them, the advantage goes to the runner who accumulated most total points during the year (e.g. a runner who scored points in seven races against a runner who only scored points in five races).
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.
The points system for the 5th ATM Championship series in 2019 are expected to remain largely the same. Precise details will become available very soon.