I have always been very ambitious though didn’t achieve most of the things I planned for. But, I had lots of fun, excitement and adventure in whatever I set out to do. So, my future plan is to run UTMB CCC in 2018. It is the Tour-de-France of ultra running.
UTMB is a trail running event in Chamonix where almost 8000 runners from different countries of the world come together to run around Mont-Blanc. One can easily say that this race is the mecca of trail runners and ultra runners. Now, UTMB is broken down into following categories-
- UTMB – Ultra Trail Mont Blanc – 171 km
- CCC – Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix – 101 km
- TDS – Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie – 119 km
- OCC – Orsières-Champex-Chamonix – 56 km
- PTL – Petite Trotte á Léon – 290km
I have homed on to the CCC which requires the runner to earn a total 8 points, from 2 races at max, to register for it. The CCC will be organised from 27 August – 02 September 2018 and pre – registrations will open between 14 December 2017 – 03 January 2018. So, I need to earn my 8 points before that. Here is my plan on how to do it.
In India, the races which gives points for UTMB are –
- 6 POINTS
- The Himalayan Crossing – 328.1 km
- 5 POINTS
- 4 POINTS
- 3 POINTS
- 2 POINTS
- Vadodara Ultra – 55 km
I have homed on to few races which will help me to do so, in not so efficient manner. The two races which I need to run to earn the 8 points are-
- Bhatti Lakes Ultra 2017 – 100 km on 06-08 October 2017.
- Nilgiris Ultra 2017 – 100 km on 02 December 2017.
I know it looks like a hell of a plan! Earlier the idea was to run Run of Kutch in February 2017 but I couldn’t do it. LIFE HAPPENED! It is a tough call to do two 100 km in a gap of 2 months but it is adventure, right? This is my idea to keep me excited and on my toes.
Earning the points is only the starting block! I need to get selected in case a draw takes place. Then I have to take care of the expenses too – race fee, travel, stay, food and shopping(for the wife!). It all seems a bit daunting, considering the fact that it will be my first overseas travel. It’s gonna be epic! But I know of somebody who always says to PLAY BY THE EAR. I am just too excited for it. It is said that if one decides to do something, then the whole universe conspires to to help achieve it.
I am quite charged up thinking about the future. The race is going to be tough and I need to prepare accordingly. Lots of running this year. Wish me luck.
Till then stay fit and keep running.
What are your future running plans? Do share yours with me. The more number of runners on this bus, the merrier!
Anyone eyeing to run UTMB 2018? Share your dream with me. It will be an immense help to each other.