Haute Ardenne Ultra Trail Festival
FIRST EDITION HAUTE ARDENNE ULTRA TRAIL FESTIVAL:
17-18 JUNE 2023 – TROIS-PONTS
The Haute Ardenne form a challenging playground for lovers of longer and steeper climbs. The area is characterised by several highlights such as the climb from the Coo waterfalls, the panoramas from ski slope Val de Wanne and the ever-present Ambleve and other smaller rivers in the ´Pay des Sources´ (land of springs).
The Haute Ardenne Ultra Trail connects many of the highlights of the region. And allows participants to taste the Ardennes atmosphere on top of Wanne mountain for a weekend, with conviviality, music, campfire, locally brewed beer and overnight camping at the start and finish.
before the race
Location and accessibility
The start and finish location of all distances of the Haute Ardenne Trail Festival is in Trois-Ponts: Val de Wanne, Aisomont 70, 4980 Trois-Ponts, Belgium. The location is at an altitude of 500 metres and has a beautiful panorama over the region.
The venue can also be reached by train. Take the train from Maastricht to Liège. And then the train to Luxembourg (30 minutes) with Trois-Ponts as a stop. From Trois-Ponts station, it is a 20-30-minute walk to the start.
Fee, registration and payment
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
- 20km: 20 euro
- 30m: 30 euro
- 50km: 40 euro
- Nigh Trail 18km (start 8.30 pm): 20 euro
SUNDAY 18 JUNE
- 35km: 32,50 euro
- 15km: 20 euro
This fee inlcludes a great trail experience including a MudSweatTrails giveaway, timekeeping, care along the way, at the finish a tasting glaf of Trailbier, a medal. Completely different routes will be run on all days.
AND: for the first 350 registrants, a pair of Bridgedale Trail socks (worth €20) for free!
Cancellation, ticket transfer and cancellation
It is only possible to change to shorter distances run on the same day as your registration. Send your request before 1 May 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also change your distance downwards at the weekend itself at the issue desk, for a €3 change fee.
Transferring your starting ticket to another name?
Transferring your starting licence is possible free of charge until 1st of May 2023. To do so, send an e-mail to email@example.com with:
the entry ticket, the NAME, E-MAIL ADDRESS and PLACE OF RESIDENCE of your replacement.
Changes are handled in badges, so confirmation of your change may take some time.
You can collect your start number at the start-finish area at the following times:
Friday 16 June: 7.30pm to 9pm
Saturday 17 June: 7.30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Sunday 18 June: 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Parking near start-finish is possible. Please follow the directions of the parking attendants when looking for a parking space. You may have to walk 15 minutes to the start location after parking. So keep that in mind when planning your travel time. Especially for participants starting later!
Spending the night on the mountain
For 16 – 17 June and for 17 – 18 June, we offer the following accommodation options:
- Bed on 3 or 4 pers. room Chateau de Wanne (500m start-finish)
With this option, you individually book a bed on a multi-person room (max. 3 or 4 people). They are simple rooms with a shared bathroom. Cost: 37.50 euros per person per night.
- Double room Chateau de Wanne (500m start-finish)
As a duo, you can book a double room. One of you two does the booking for this. This person is the main booker and checks in for both of you at the venue. This is a simple room with shared bathroom. Cost: 75 euro per room per night.
- Own tent pitch at start-finish (max 2 people in tent). Cost: 25 euros per tent per night.
- Motorhome or caravan pitch at start-finish (electricity subject to availability and fee). Cost: 25 euros per camper van or caravan per night.
- Equipped tent for 2-4 people at start-finish. Cost: 25 euros per tent per night.
Diner and breakfast on the mountain
On Saturday 17 June you can join other participants for a meal (pasta, salad bar, barbecue) at the finish line in the atmospheric mountain hut ‘Val de Wanne’ at the end of the afternoon.
In the evening, the party continues here on the terrace on top of the mountain until the last finishers of the night-trail!
On Sunday morning 18 June, a breakfast buffet (various breads, croissants, muesli, homemade jams, cold cuts, cheese, bacon, egg, fruit, juice, coffee, etc.) will be provided here.
Three weeks before the event, you will receive an email from us to sign up for this.
Recommended headlamp and socks
To participate in the Night Trail, a good headlamp is mandatory. For this purpose, we have also put together an offer in cooperation with the Ledlenser brand. A lamp we have chosen because in terms of performance it is excellent for this challenge and has a good price-quality ratio. For participants from 59.90 euros for 49.90 euros.
- Order Ledlenser NEO5R
TROUBLE-FREE TRAIL RUNNING WITH THE RIGHT SOCKS
Problem-free trailing is done with Bridgedale socks. We have a lot of experience with this sock, in wet, mountainous, cold, hot and prolonged treks and races. We selected the Bridgedale Lightweight T2 Merino for the Trails in Ardennes and offer them at a competitive price.
Register as volunteer
For the Haute Ardenne Ultra Trail Festival, we are looking for people who want to support this. Are you interested in putting yourself in from the sidelines for once? Commit yourself for a day or the weekend and you can then participate in another of our races. We will also close the year with all volunteers, for which you will also receive an invitation. Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. For example: manning the registration desk, working at a care station, bringing in and welcoming participants, acting as the last runner or setting out the course.
Rules of participation
Information on the rules for participation will follow.
during the race
Tracks and elevation profiles
SATURDAY 17 JUNE
- 50km / 2.000 elevation
- 30km / 1.200 elevation
- 20km / 800 elevation
- Night Trail 18 km / 800 elevation
SUNDAY 18 JUNE
- 35 km / 1.000 elevation
- 15km / 600 elevation
Start times and time limits
The distances have separate start times and logically different time limits to finish.
Saturday 17 June
50 km / 2,000d+: start time 8am (time limit 11 hours)
30 km / 1,200d+: start time 9.30 am (time limit 6 hours)
20 km / 750d+: start time 10.15 am (time limit 4 hours)
Night Trail 18 km / 800d+: 8.30pm (time limit 3 hours)
Sunday 18 June
30 km / 800d+: 9.30 am (time limit 6 hours)
15 km / 500d+: 10.30 am (time limit 3 hours)
These limits are based on other results. Please note: the above start times are still subject to change! The times on this page are leading.
In hot weather, make sure you have enough fluids. The advice is to take at least one litre of water along the way.
In the last mailing you will receive the links to your route(s), which also include the supply stations.
First aid and traphic
A professional medical team has been deployed on both days to provide First Aid. First aid is available at the start and finish area. And mobile deployment using motorbikes and quad bikes. On the inside of your starting number you will find the first aid number. In case of emergency, always call 112. Always communicate the location and start number to the services as precisely as possible.
The road crossings are not manned. You are personally responsible to pay attention and observe traffic rules.
Results and prices
There are prizes for the first three runners (M – V separately) at all distances.
‘Leave nothing but foot prints’. The HAUT festival is organised in a beautiful nature reserve. We aim to use the area without unnecessarily burdening the area and the animals living there.At trail races, participants bring their own waste. Think of waste from energy gels and bars. A clean trail increases the chances that the event can count on a permit again next year. As organisers, we count on your cooperation. Participants who do not abide by these rules may be disqualified by the race management.
Some sustainability measures we are also taking with regard to the event: we are encouraging carpooling as much as possible. The medals are made of bioplastic (potato peels) and are fully biodegradable. We try to separate waste as much as possible and use biodegradable cups for catering. Plastic cups will not be used at the feeding stations either.
after the race
These are not yet available (1st edition in 2023).
Photo and video
Photos will be taken during the event. These will be mood and action shots. After the event, a selection of photos will be made available via the MudSweatTrails Facebook page. The photos are the property of MudSweatTrails. The photos made available can be downloaded for personal use and shared via own social media. For commercial use of the photos, permission must be obtained from MudSweatTrails.
Nice if you share photos via social media with the mention @mudsweattrails and the hashtag #lifeisbetteronthetrails
Lost and found
If you forgot something please contact us at email@example.com.
Would you like to share something about your experiences during the Haute Ardenne Ultra Trail? Points of improvement, compliments or other heartfelt comments? Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org. In the days surrounding an event it can be very busy. In that case, the response may take a few days.
On urgent questions, we will respond as soon as possible.
Participation and liability
Each participant should have a good level of fitness. And should have experience running in off-road terrain (hills, narrow paths, unevenness, mud, etc.). Participation is entirely at your own risk and responsibility. The organisation cannot be held liable for any damage or injuries incurred.
MudSweatTrails is, except for its responsibility to the law, in no way responsible or (financially) liable for accidents and/or illness of participants, for loss of property or any other damage allegedly suffered by the participant.
MudSweatTrails retains the right to change the route, start and/or finish times and/or places, or to cancel all or part of the event due to extreme weather conditions or other calamity(s), where this cannot reasonably be expected of MudSweatTrails otherwise.
Government measures in force at that time (e.g. on Covid-19) will also apply to the event.