In addition to the annual points system and ranking, runners of all levels will also be rewarded for their perseverance. Every runner who completes the long distance (at least 70km) of 6 Asia Trail Master races within two years will be honoured as an Asia Trail Grandmaster in the Hall of Fame, and receive a trophy and honourary shield or badge that can be knit on one’s sports uniform as a token of achievement. Further benefits will be provided by Grandmaster sponsor COMPRESSPORT. The two-year-time limitation starts as soon as a runner has finished his first 70km+ race and ends two years later the day before that race (= doing the same race 3 times is not accepted).
The Grandmaster shield will display one or more stars depending on the level of achievement accomplished:
As soon as a runner has achieved Grandmaster status as described above, he/she can earn more stars on his/her badge.
Note: the 2-calendar-year condition is only in place to secure Grandmaster status. Afterwards, the runner in question can take as many years as he wants to complete his next four races (6+4 = 10 career finishes) and obtain a badge featuring 2 stars.
Note 2: finishers of stage races will also get 1 point for their Grandmaster Quest
Note 3: A race of less than 70 km can still be valid for the Grandmaster Quest if the total elevation gain exceeds 4500 hm
Note 4: A specific race will only count maximum twice for points. For example, running CM50 Ultra four times and four years in a row will only grant you 2 points.