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BLOG | NEWS | 17 February 2016

Barrabes – Official Store of the Ultra Trail Barcelona Race

The 6th edition of the Ultra Trail Barcelona Race gets under way on April 30, with an updated course and options for all different levels of trail runners.

On April 30th, the 6th Edition of the Ultra Trail Barcelona® (UTBCN), one of the most prestigious trail running competitions around the world, will take place. And once again, Barrabes will be there providing support as the Official Race Store. As always, the Ultra Trail Barcelona organization will be handling all of the arrangements in order to offer a high-quality race for the trail running community to enjoy, regardless of their level. This year, four different races will be offered to adults and one for kids. The sign-up window is currently open and accepting registrations.


NEW COURSES: ROUTES WITH MORE TRAILS AND HIGHER CLIMBS
In order to open up the race to more runners and offer options for a variety of different preferences, the UTBCN has added extra kilometers of trails, which are more technical and more “entertaining.” They have also added some new refreshment stations at points around the Garraf Natural Park, such as in the “Purgatorio” area.

As for the main event—the Ultra Trail—the last 30k have also been modified. This year, the final loop will be run in the opposite direction than in previous years, as well as additional changes that have been made to the route. The reason behind these changes was to avoid going back through the town of Begues a second time, making the route more enjoyable and varied for veteran runners of the UTBCN.

The Ultra Trail Barcelona® is a ranked race for the Catalonia Ultra Cup and a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Montblanc (UTMB), which has changed its point system. For 2017, the UTBCN (100km) will be worth five points instead of three, and the 70km Long Trail Barcelona ( LTBCN) will be worth four points instead of two.


2015 EDITION – THE BIGGEST AND MOST INTERNATIONAL EDITION OF THE RACE'S HISTORY
The 5th edition of the UTBCN in 2015 had the highest number of participants of any other edition, with 2,000 total runners. Sign-up last year closed two weeks before race day, as all available spots had been reserved, confirming once again that the UTBCN is the top trail running competition in the Barcelona area. Runners from thirty-nine different countries (coming from as far as Japan) participated, making the UTBCN 5th edition more international than ever.

The organization expects a similar (or better) turnout this year.

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