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Valhöll Argentina by UTMB: Route, live tracking & how to enter

Valhöll Argentina by UTMB is a UTMB World Series event in Argentina, set in the Province of Córdoba.

The event takes places near the towns of Villa General Belgranos and La Cumbrecita, a small community in the Calamuchita Valley in the Grand Sierras.

There are six races on offer, five of which offer competitors the chance to earn UTMB World Series running stones and the subsequent chance to compete at the UTMB World Series final at the legendary Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).

Here is our full guide to learning about the event, following it live or even taking part.

Date, start time & live tracking

The 2023 Valhöll Argentina by UTMB will take place over three days, from Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14. 

The longest race is the ‘Epic 125K’, and will start at La Cumbrecita on May 12 at 5:00AM (All local time), with a cut off of 11:00AM on Saturday. 

The Advance 80K also starts on May 12 at 7:00AM, with a cut-off at the Cerro de Oro checkpoint at 7:45PM the same day. 

Valhöll Argentina by UTMB
Valhöll Argentina by UTMB [Photo credit: UTMB]

The Challenge 50k starts at 7:00AM on Saturday, 13 May, with a cut-off at Cerro de Oro of 13:00PM later that day.  

Also starting on Saturday is the ‘Courage 33k’, which begins two hours after ‘Challenge’ at 9:00am. 

The ‘Power 22K’ begins on Sunday May 14 at 9:00AM, while the shortest race also starts then in the form of the ‘Explore 11K’. 

All runners will be available to track via the UTMB live website HERE

Valhöll Argentina by UTMB route

Both the ‘Epic’ and ‘Advance’ races start at La Cumbrecita – which translates directly to ‘the little summit’- and finish at the larger town of Villa General Belgranos. The remaining races all start and finish at the latter. 

The Epic 125K is a 129km race which has a total elevation gain of 5100m. From the starting point at Cumbrecita around 1400m above sea level, the route climbs to the peak at Cerro Champaqui, around double Cumbrecita’s elevation.  

The route then takes runners down to Cerro de Oro before climbing again to Rwarr, finishing at Villa General Belgranos. The race has 11 checkpoints. 

The Advance 80K is 81km long, with 2800m+ of elevation gain. While both the Advance and Epic routes start with the same journey out of Cumbrecita, where the longer route eventually westwards from the little peak, the Advance heads southwards to Ayllu Pelli – a point which the Epic eventually also hits.  

The Advance then follows the same journey to Villa General Belgranos which its longer counterpart follows, and has six checkpoints. 

Valhöll Argentina by UTMB
Valhöll Argentina by UTMB [Photo credit: UTMB]

The Challenge 50k heads eastwards out of Villa General Belgranos hitting, among others, the peaks at Rwarr, Rwarr 2 and Guardaganado – where the final of six checkpoints lies. It has a total length of 49km and an elevation gain of 2350m. 

The Courage 33K hits less peaks than the Challenge, but there are four checkpoints along the way including at Rwarr and Guardaganado. It is 34.5km long and has 1650m of elevation gain. 

Power 22K misses out Rwarr, leaving Guardaganado as the peak of the race. It has three checkpoints, with a total of 20.7km and 850m of elevation gain. 

The Explore 11K has one checkpoint, at Pozo Verde. It is 13km long and has 500m of elevation gain. 

Facts, Tips & FAQ

As a UTMB World Series event, running stones are on offer to any finisher of three of the four races at Valhöll Argentina by UTMB.  

Running stones are distributed as follows:  

  • Epic 125K: four running stones  
  • Advance 80k: three running stones  
  • Challenge 50K: two running stones 
  • Courage 33k: one running stone 
  • Power 22k: one running stone 
  • Explore 11k: no running stone 

How to qualify and enter Valhöll Argentina by UTMB Route

Registration for the 2023 edition of Valhöll Argentina by UTMB is no longer available, but details of registration for next year is available HERE. 

Valhöll Argentina by UTMB
Valhöll Argentina by UTMB [Photo credit: UTMB]

Only age restrictions apply: for the Epic 125K and Advance 80k runners must be a minimum of 20 years-old, while all other races have a limit of 16. 

Valhöll Argentina by UTMB records and past winners 

50K past winners 

2022 – Men, Mauro Laureano Romero 6:03:19. Women, Mariela Vigliocco 7:46:25

2021 – Men, Mirko Chacoma 6:03:02. Women, Laura Guardiola 7:23:17 

33K past winners

2022 – Men, Elias Acevedo 3:58:01. Women, Mariana Fernandez 5:06:08

2021 – Men, Diego Ramon Simon 3:46:24. Women, Adriana Vargas 4:37:24

22K past winners 

2022 – Men, Marcelo Del Collado 1:45:02. Women, Maria Paula Galindez 2:00:04

2021 – Men, Alvaro Celiz Fischer 2:04:00. Women, Rosa Godoy 2:25:05

Who is taking part at Valhöll Argentina by UTMB in 2023?

Argentinian runner Sergio Gustavo Pereyra is one of the leading contenders in the men’s Epic 125K following his third place at Val d’Aran by UTMB last year, and a top 20 finish in the UTMB CCC.

Spain’s Miguel Heras is another key figure, boasting a host of victories in his home country including second at Transvulcania in 2022.

In the women’s Advance 80K, Emily Hawgood (ZWE) is set to challenge for victory after picking up sixth at UTMB Mont-Blanc last year.

Argentina’s Ayelen Sian will provide stern competition given her experience at Valhöll Argentina, finishing third in the 100km in 2022 and 4th in the 50km in 2021.

Patrick Ryan
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Patrick Ryan

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