ULTRA-Trail Snowdonia is set to host the first UK event of the world’s ultimate trail running circuit in 2022.

Highlighting the mountainous areas of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, Ultra-Trail Snowdonia promises the pinnacle of trail race routes in the UK, and is one of more than 20 international events for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) World Series’ debut season in 2022.

The first World Series is set to provide an extraordinary adventure for trail runners across the world, with a further five exceptional events confirmed today across the UK, Corsica, and Switzerland.

Giving runners the chance to complete a journey of a lifetime, the inaugural circuit will feature up to 30 events across the globe with a calendar that runs year-round, including the UTMB World Series Finals in August in Chamonix, the pinnacle of the trail running year.

Taking place across predominantly technical mountain trails, with courses that explore Snowdonia’s most scenic valleys, rugged peaks and epic landscapes, runners can choose from three distances including 50km, 100km and the flagship 100 miles.

The latter is known as a ‘beautifully brutal beast’ that takes in the most notable peaks of North Wales.

Michael Jones, race director at Ultra-Trail Snowdonia, said: “Heavily inspired by UTMB Mont-Blanc itself, when I launched UTS in 2017, my ambition for the event was to host a truly alpine-scale mountain ultra, with an international profile, here in the UK.

“Four years later, I’m very excited to continue this trajectory by joining the new UTMB World Series alongside many other high-profile, emblematic events.

“I look forward to welcoming the international trail running community to Snowdonia next July, to experience our unique mountains, trails and culture.”

The Snowdonia event takes place between July 1-3, 2022 with entries opening in early December. Find out more about this event on the website at: www.apexrunning.co/events/ultratrailsnowdonia.

UTMB World Series 2022 confirmed events (as of November 19):

• Tarawera Ultramarathon (New Zealand), February 12

• Ultra-Trail Australia (Australia), 12-15 May

• Trail du Saint-Jacques (France), 11 June

• Mozart 100 (Austria), 18 June

• La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail (Italy), 23-26 June

• Trail 100 Andorra (Andorra), 24-26 June

• Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (USA), 25-26 June

• Ultra-Trail Snowdonia (Wales), 1-3 July

• Restonica Trail (France) 7-9 July

• Val d'Aran (Spain), 7-10 July

• Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard (Switzerland), 8-10 July

• Eiger Ultra Trail (Switzerland), 15-17 July

• Wildstrubel (Switzerland), 8-11 September

• Nice Côte d’Azur (France), 22-25 September

• Puerto Vallarta México (Mexico), October

• Thailand (Thailand), 10-13 November

• TransLantau (Hong Kong), November

• Panda Trail (China), dates TBC

• Gaoligong (China), dates TBC

• UTMB World Series Finals; UTMB Mont-Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland), 22-28 August