Date: 29/30 April 2017
Race venue: Wenchuan, Sichuan
Race distances: 60 km (30 km also available)
Elevation gain: 5120 hm
Heighest point: 2719m
Start time: 5.00 a.m. (TBC)
Cut-off time: 20 hours
Start venue: Wenchuan Stadium
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 100 (60km)
Grandmaster Quest: Yes (60 km)
Event website: coming soon
Event registration: Open (send email to firstname.lastname@example.org )
International gateway: Chengdu (or Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou)
As the gateway to the Tibetan Plateau, Wenchuan is a new hotspot for trail runners. UTWenchuan is not only a race, but also an opportunity to explore this area surrounded by 5000m peaks and several deep gorges. Runners have never trodden some of these trails before, so this race gives you the chance to explore a new horizon in trail running. And last but not least, this event’s date coincides with the famous Wenchuan cherry harvest. So don’t forget your race shoes and your appetite!
In 2008, Wenchuan was struck by a devastating 8.0 earthquake. In this most deadly earthquake on earth since 1976, 87150 lives were lost, cities are destroyed. Now 8 years passed and a new Wenchuan has rised. When we’re running in the mountains of Wenchuan, we’re also remembering the past and striving for the future of this place.
The 2017 version of UT Wenchuan features a 60 km course as longest distance with over 5000m of elevation gain. The race will be held for over 80% on unpaved trails. Precise details will be communicated in due course.
To enter the race, the organiser requests you to send an email to email@example.com , and please add your experience in ultra running in the message. The 60K is a technical race and payment will only follow after verification of the entry requirements by the local organiser. It is also possible to book airport pick-up and hotel accommodation in Wenchuan or Chengdu.
Race day: Saturday, 29 April
Ceremony & sightseeing: Sunday, 30 April
Coming soon for 2017
Despite the towering mountains and deep canyons, Wenchuan is still quite accessible. A 120 km well-maintained freeway links Wenchuan with Chengdu — the biggest city in Western China. Coach buses regularly depart throughout the day between Chengdu and Wenchuan and the journey only takes two hours. For racers who want to take the coach, you can go to Chadianzi bus station at west 3rd Ring Road in Chengdu. The bus station can be accessed via subway line 2; get off at the Chadianzi Bus Terminal stop. For those who want to rent a car, you must have your driving license translated into Chinese and notarized. Be aware that Google Map doesn’t work in China; you can use Apple Maps or Bing instead.
The race organizer will provide charter service to all racers. [TIMING TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2017]
Chengdu airport (CTU) is the 4th largest hub in China. It has direct flights to most major cities in Asia, as well as many other cities in Europe, Oceania and North America.
The race day is close to the Wenchuan cherry festival and there will be many tourists in town at that time. So we suggest you to book your accommodation as early as possible. Wenchuan is a small city, so booking.com doesn’t really work here. A quick search on the English version of Ctrip only returns 2 hotels, both 696 CNY/night. If you are able to read Chinese, there are more options for you to book lodging, as there are dozens of hotel options with various levels of comfort and price.
[TO BE UPDATED FOR 2017] The race organizer also provides the service of booking New Wenchuan Hotel for you. New Wenchuan Hotel is right next to the start/finish point, which is Wenchuan Stadium. It’s a clean and comfortable hotel with reasonable price. Our reception desk will also be located here. If you want to stay with us at New Wenchuan Hotel, please select the options when paying the registration fee. One single room costs 40USD or 258CNY, and one bed in a double room costs 20USD or 129CNY.
Compared to the nearby Sichuan basin, the weather is Wenchuan is much drier and cooler. The Longmen Range blocks most of the moisture coming all the way from Pacific Ocean. But with this race in mid-May, the wet season’s arrival draws near, and racers may encounter some precipitation. Average race day temperatures range from 10ºC to 25ºC, depending on current weather patterns and altitude. At the high mountain passes on the racecourse, the temperature can drop to near freezing. We suggest you bring enough warm base layers and a waterproof jacket with you.