First set up in 2014, the Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang race is held in the environs of Mt. Siguniang in the first week of November every year. There are no paved roads for the entire route; and routes are on average 4200 metres above sea level. It is first route to ascend the main peak of Mt. Siguniang and can be considered a combination of rapid mountain climbing with ultra trail running. We advocate that all participants possess adequate technical prowess and have sufficient outdoors experience. The route itself has been acclaimed as bringing a whole new level of difficulty to China's Ultra Trail competitions.
English: Ultra Tour Mt Siguniang
Type: High altitude ultra trail race
Time: First week of November each year
Location: Mt. Siguniang region
Host organisation: Chengdu Shenxing Outdoor Activities Co., Ltd., Beijing Sino Intl Culture Communication Co Ltd.Sponsor: Kailas
Race Inspector: Ma Demin
Race Certification：ITRA, UTMB, CMCT
A mountain lover who goes by the online name of Aerman contacted a number runners in Chengdu in 2014 to launch an internal crowdfunding initiative on the internet for the Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang race. In total he attracted 17 competitors for a test race (16 of whom completed the route in under 13 hours, still the highest completion ratio to date), as well as 18 volunteers.
YEARRACE PARTICIPANTSVOLUNTEERS (INCLUDES EMERGENCY PERSONNEL)
There are a total of four groups in the Kailas Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang
CCB: 51.7km +958m
DFR: 42km +2,138m
YMR 60km +3920m
UTMS: 101km +4210m
The 42 km DFR group follows the classic Haizi Valley route. Race start is situated under a night sky thickly blanketed with stars just outside the Scenic Area Tourist Centre (3158), and then traverses through verdant forests, mountainous meadows, and stone strewn, snowy inclines, all the way to the summit of the main peak of Mt. Siguniang (5025), where participants will be awestruck by the backdrop of majestic lofty peaks and expansiveness heavens. An arduous endeavour, but an endeavour which, upon completion, will give a definite sense of accomplishment.
The route of the YRM 60 km group is the most arduous of the four groups, featuring perpetual ascents, and treacherous track conditions, all at a punishingly high altitude. This unadulterated alpine ultra Trail running track brings competitors face to face with the clouds.
CCB50 and UTMS100 are new additions for 2017
The route of the 50 km CCB utilises the Changping Valley section of the “Changchuanbi“ hiking route renowned within China, and is replete with ancient trees which tower all-around and smooth terrain that stretches as far as the eye can see. This route is suitable for those groups who have already accumulated a certain amount of road or cross country running experience, and is a great first high altitude ultra trail race.
The UTMS100 likewise stretches through the Changping Valley, and sweeps along long valleys and over narrow mountain passes, crossing over into those regions of Mt. Siguniang that are almost completely devoid of any human life, completing the circuit around the north west face of Yaomei Peak feels like being a pioneer along an uncharted road.
Owing to the unique challenges posed by this high altitude outdoor events, the Kailas Ultra Tour Mt Siguniang has many rules and characteristics which differ from that of the average Ultra Trail race.
•This is an unconventional Ultra Trail race and serves as a gathering point for many lovers of the outdoors. When not competing in Ultra Trail races, competitors meet with many other like minded people to hike, walk, ultra trail running, and cycling.
•The pre-registration assessment procedure is extremely rigorous. The registration threshold for all race groups, requires that each competitor has completed one full marathon and also possesses a certain degree of high altitude outdoor experience (this includes but is not limited to mountain climbing, ultra trail running, cycling, and high altitude skiing). Every single registered competitor must provide sufficient proof of having met these conditions for registration to be approved.
•Requirements for independent and resourceful competitors. Competitors must complete the entire course by either running or walking. Riding a horse, or relying on an external oxygen supply is not permitted. Competitors who contravene these requirements will forfeit their right to a race ranking.
•Complete medical checkpoint coverage. When competitors reach a check point they are required to submit to a blood oxygen spot check conducted by a medical professional as well as any other medical check deemed necessary. All of the large supply stations offer medical care, exercise rehabilitation and high-pressure oxygen tanks.
•This ultra trail race has no horse drawn vehicles for transportation of participants. Those competitors who either retire from the race or are deemed unable to proceed and have been assessed by checkpoint medical personnel as being unable to reach the start or end point of the race unaided will be assigned a horse by a member of staff to be delivered to either the start or end point of the race for free. Those competitors who have retired from the race or have been deemed unable to proceed but are still considered able to reach either start or end points unaided, can hire a horse for the journey for an extra fee of RMB ¥300 or US $50, otherwise they should return unaided to the start or end point unaided, on foot.
•There is no modern road paving along virtually the entire length of the route. The entirety of the Haizi Valley route has no modern road paving whatsoever, whilst the Changing Valley route has a paved section measuring less than 10 km in length. All deliveries to each supply point are made by horse or by members of staff, so please feel grateful for every mouthful of food and every drop of water that you consume whilst on the mountain. It is a panoramic experience. The high altitude of the race location means that the races of all of groups begin at dawn under a dark, star filled sky. As the race begins, time marches on and the altitude rises ever higher. As competitors climb above tree level, they will experience the unveiling of an incredibly beautiful panorama.
•There is full coverage of high-altitude emergency rescue. The Mt. Siguniang Circuit Ultra Trail Running Race collaborates with the most qualified high altitude and emergency rescue groups within China as well as the most outstanding local emergency rescue teams within Sichuan, including the Sichuan-Tibet Team, Yanyang Outdoors Rescue, and the Nanchong Red Cross mountain rescue team. The experience they have accumulated over past races has greatly contributed to the current level of proficiency of the Mt. Siguniang Mountain Emergency Rescue Team.
•An outstanding volunteer team. Our volunteers are all very competent hikers, ultra trail runners and also at other outdoor activities, many of whom are moderately well-known in their local communities for their exploits.
•A wide variety of enjoyable events organised for the race. Apart from the race itself, competitors can also attend the mountain discussion forum on *up to 6250*, the Kendall Mountain & Outdoors Film Exhibition, folk singing and dancing performances, the Impressions of Light & Shadow Photo Exhibition and the extremely enjoyable Mountain & City outdoor and local goods fair.
•The widely known prize awarded upon race completion - “South Wall”. Apart from its utility as a walnut smasher, the 1.4kg heavy prize cup will give every single victorious competitor the most enormous satisfaction as they watch awestruck petty officials admire their prize at train station or airport security checks on the return journey home.