|After successful inaugural season, Golden Trail Series adds new race to 2019 schedule and becomes the Golden Trail World Series with the apparition of the Golden Trail National Series.|
In 2018, the best short distance trail runners on the planet convened to race head-to-head at five of the most prestigious trail races on the calendar as part of the inaugural Golden Trail Series. The top 10 men and women in the season-long points standings earned a spot in the Grand Final at the Otter Trail race in South Africa, where a highly competitive race among the sport's best ensued.
In 2019, the Golden Trail Series becomes the Golden Trail World Series (GTWS) with the apparition of Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) in France, Spain and more to come. The GTWS will once again feature those five most iconic races, but with a new sixth grand race added to the list—the Dolomyths Run Skyrace in the spectacular Italian Dolomites. The Grand Final, which will change locations each year, will be staged in another dream location in 2019: the Annapurna Trail Marathon in Nepal, a race which reaches an altitude of 4,122 meters.
The GTWS is expecting to have even more elite athletes participating in the full series than in 2018. Many of the top athletes of the 2018 series will be back, plus a number of newcomers who have expressed interest in taking part
2019 Golden Trail Series Races will consist of the following events:
- ZEGAMA - SPAIN
- MONT BLANC MARATHON - FRANCE
- DOLOMYTHS RUN SKYRACE - ITALIE
- SIERRE-ZINAL - SWITZERLAND
- PIKES PEAK – USA
- RING OF STEALL - SCOTLAND
- GRAND FINAL: ANAPURNA TRAIL MARATHON - NEPAL