The Golden Trail National Series starts with the Louzantrail
A circuit, 5 very special races and the opportunity to get a ticket for the Golden Trail World Series of 2020. With this goal in mind the Golden Trail National Series are born that this Sunday will live their first date of the season -and their history- in Portugal. The Louzantrail will kick off the first edition of a circuit consisting of five of the most magical mountain races held in Spain and Portugal, with distances of between 23 and 42 km.
The Louzantrail, with 29km and 2000m of positive slope, is a test that breathes history on all four sides. Through rural roads, the corridor will visit the famous Xisto Aldeas, valleys and mountain areas, discovering the history of the Sierra de Lousã in the heart of Portugal. In 2018, Dario Moitoso (3:01:32) and Carla Moreira (3:52:01) won the victory being the fastest in a circuit where the agrarian culture of the area is present in each of its corners. The event will start on Sunday at 9 o’clock in the morning and the main favorites will be the Portuguese runners Sara Brito and André Rodrigues, as well as the Spaniards Jessed Hernández and Paula Cabrerizo.
The Louzantrail is the only one of the five races of the Golden Trail National Series held in Portugal. Afterwards, the competition will live four more events that will be cited by the athletes in the Marathon of the Meridian; the Cap Cap de Creus; the Zegama-Aizkorri, and the Sky Pirineu.
With the Golden Trail World Series in focus
The Golden Trail National Series are born sharing philosophy with the Golden Trail World Series. Thus, the objective is to gather in a circuit some of the most special races in Spain and Portugal so that the national runners enjoy each of them to the maximum, of all the series and have the opportunity to get a ticket to enjoy the GTWS next year.
After the first four events, the top 5 men and women will be invited to take part in the last GTNS event, which will be held in Bagà, the Sky Pirineu. In each of the 5 races that are part of the circuit, including the Sky Pirineu, a score will be distributed among the participants, starting with 100 points for the first and reaching 2 for the runner classified in the position number thirty. In order to qualify for the final victory in the circuit, it will be mandatory to participate in three events, one of them being the Sky Pirineu. He and the final winner will be invited to enjoy the following year of 3 races of the Golden Trail World Series.
The Golden Trail World Series grow and travel to Nepal
In its first edition, the Golden Trail World Series, gathered the most riders in the form of the international panorama. This 2019, the GTWS will live a second course that will bring a new race and a new destination for the grand final. The Dolomyths Run Skyrace, with the spectacular Italian Dolomites as stage, will join the Zegama-Aizkorri, the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, Sierre Zinal, Pikes Peak Marathon and the Ring of Steall Skyrace. In addition, this year the Grand Final will be held at the Annapurna Trail Marathon, in Nepal, in a test that reaches 4122 m altitude.
The runners will have to participate in three of the six races of the circuit to qualify for the grand final. The male and female top10 will be invited along with a companion to the Grand Final of Nepal and the winner of each category will be determined taking into account their three best results of the circuit and their result in the Grand Final.
In 2018, the Golden Trail World Series, crowned Stian Angermund-Vik and Ruth Croft and gave the fans memorable performances in the different events of the circuit: Kilian Jornet won with three victories, at the Marathon de Mont Blanc, Sierre-Zinal and Ring of Steall; and in Pikes Peak, the American Megan Kimmel broke a record that had lasted 37 years. Eli Gordón and Aritz Egea were in the top10 feminine and masculine, being fourth and sixth respectively.
Both circuits, the Golden Trail National Series and the Golden Trail World Series, will bet one more year for the total or partial live broadcast via Facebook Live of each of the events, with the aim of continuing to bring trail running to any corner of the world.