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  July 23rd, 2020
Records broken as the Golden Ring marks the return of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour

Following a 4-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ultra-Trail® World Tour 2020 circuit is back up and running, with the 6th edition of the Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® successfully taking place over the weekend in Russia. More than 4.5 thousand participants took part in this year’s event, which offered athletes distances ranging from 10 to 100km. Given the ongoing health context, the organizers put in place unprecedented measures and precautions to ensure and protect the safety of all those involved.

It was an early start for the runners on Sunday 19th July, who set off from the ancient city of Suzdal, one of the oldest towns in the heart of Russia. The athletes had to contend with humid and cloudy conditions, with patches of rain and tall grass on the track providing additional challenges along the way. As the first mass sporting event to take place in the region following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, this year’s Golden Ring Ultra-Trail® certainly did not disappoint, with brilliant record performances from local athletes marking an exciting return to trail running.

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In the men’s race, the competition was fierce throughout, but it was Konstantin Ivanov from Perm whose excellent performance and tenacity held out in the end. This is no doubt due to his impressive training regime during lockdown, when he managed to run 100km in his very own apartment in only 9 hours and 6 minutes! Ivanov gradually increased his pace over the very long distance and managed to break away from his closest pursuer, Ivan Motorin, in the final section of the race, crossing the line with an impressive time of 8:53:12 and smashing the existing track record.

In the women’s race, it was young athlete Antonina Yushina from Chelyabinsk who was crowned winner, and who also achieved a brand-new track record on the course. She established a good lead right from the start and maintained her advantage over the entire race. Unhindered by the tall grass and forest thickets, Yushina crossed the line with a fantastic time of 9:52:39, taking 9th place overall.


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The podium places in the T100:

1-Konstantin Ivanov - 08:53:12
2-Ivan Motorin - 09:03:09
3-Nikolay Yanalov - 09: 08:02

1-Antonina Yushina - 09:52:39
2-Olga Veselkina - 10:15:07
3-Elena Nechaeva - 11:36:13

Next stop: Harricana, 11th-12th September 2020 The next UTWT race on the 2020 calendar is the Ultra-Trail Harricana ™. The 2020 event will take place on 11th-12th September in La Malbaie, Québec. In light of the ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Québec, only the long-distance races will be going ahead this year - the 65km, 80km and 125km - contingent on official Public Health authorizations. The races will see the number of athletes limited and many protocols implemented to respect social distancing and limit interactions between runners, volunteers and team members. For more information, click here

Note to editors :
Since its beginnings in 2014 the Ultra-Trail®  World Tour has gradually expanded to include the most iconic and prestigious ultra-endurance trail running races around the world. From 10 events in 2014 the Ultra-Trail®  World Tour now features 28 events from 20 countries and 6 continents. The original roster – which included races held in Hong-Kong, Spain, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Italy, USA, France and Switzerland – has now been joined by events in Croatia, Portugal, Austria, Canada, South Korea, China, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Argentina and Oman
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