Inauguration of UTWT Discovery races with NUTS Ylläs Pallas in Finland

Inauguration of UTWT Discovery races with NUTS Ylläs Pallas in Finland


Since its first edition in 2013 NUTS Ylläs Pallas has been Finland’s biggest ultra. In 2015, it gathered more than 300 runners to ultra distances and has grown its popularity from year to year. The 2017 event next weekend will gather as many as 1200 participants to compete in the beautiful scenery of the Ylläs-Pallas National Park.


An invitation to travel:


Three distances (134k, 55k and 31k) ensure that all trail lovers will find a suitable challenge for their level. The longest distance, going from the fell Yllästunturi to Hetta, was chosen this year to be an official UTWT Discovery Race. It has been marketed as an ultra running race in the cleanest air of continental Europe, with the chance to meet reindeer and other arctic wildlife.


Being a part of the new label ‘UTWT Discovery Race’ has been an invitation to travel, discover new cultures and experiences and with success. The race has tempted 120 runners from abroad, representing 24 different nationalities, to join this year’s race.




The favorites of the race:


The 134k race starts at 6 pm. on Friday night. One of the front runners to start is Juuso SIMPANEN, who took the first place on the podium at NUTS Karhunkierros 160k at the end of May. SIMPANEN is starting the race with confidence, however he has had some problems with his ankle.

“My ankle got hurt at my last race and It’s not 100% ok yet, that makes me a bit concerned. I have, however, been able to do some successful key training runs during the last weeks and I am confident about my condition.”


Good performance can also be expected from Ville MAKSIMAINEN, who was third last year. MAKSIMAINEN is self-confident but also realistic.

“Last year I kind of surprised myself and the others with the ranking and of course there is some pressure put on my shoulders this year, too. But I’m a realist, there are some tough guys at the starting line”.


One of the tough guys MAKSIMAINEN is referring to is Hamal VILLAR from Spain. VILLAR has been working few winters for Lapland Safaris in Ylläs but hasn’t experienced Finland during summer and is looking forward to seeing the midnight sun. VILLAR is feeling confident about his fitness level, even though he has been a bit sick lately.

“I am trying to recover 100% for the race. I have been training hard and competing this season. Not for that long distance but I have experience in ultra distances, too. Let’s see if I can adapt my performance for NUTS.”


At the women’s division, a good run can be expected from Lotta KORHONEN, who finished second at NUTS Karhunkierros 160k. However, KORHONEN has never run two long ultras in such a short period of time and for that reason, she claims her condition to be a total mystery.

“I will run towards the unknown, I would say. But I’ll take my poles and enough candies with me. With those the race cannot be bad”




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