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GT160 - Unique in Belgium !

A great track in a small country !

A race representing a huge challenge has its place among the most beautiful trails in the world!

One of the most beautiful races, 165 km of trail paths are to be covered at the gates of the Hautes Fagnes nature reserve, a stunning region and a true land of lakes and castles enhanced by forests and very aptly called the Blue Ardennes. This race is the ultimate test of endurance and physical ability of the runners.

One again, le Grand Trail des Lacs et Châteaux  – Edition 2023 GT160 – has been selected as a qualifying race for the lotery 2024 Western States 100.
It also has a UTMB 100M index, the only one in Belgium!

A true delight crossing over the places such as the Bec du Corbeau, the paragliding take-off runway of Coo, the Salmchateau Castle, the lake of Robertville, the Falize Rock, the Farnières Castle, the lake of Coo and many other enchanting places such as Reinhardstein Castle, the Route des Crêtes (the ridge road), Napoleon’s nose etc….

With more than 6000 D+ of vertical drop, it is the most prestigious and most difficult Ultra in Belgium. A real life-size sporting and human adventure!

More information:
The qualification period for the  2024 Western States will take place between 7 November 2022 and 5 November 2023.
The lottery will take place on 2 December 2023 and the race itself will take place on 29 and 30 June 2024.

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Practical informations

  • Start : Saturday 13/05/2023 - 04:00
  • Number of participants : 200
  • Place : Piste de ski Ovifat
  • Distance : 166 km
  • D+ : 6830
  • Refreshment : 8
Price : 110€ - 125€ €

All registrations and the management of all participant data are handled by By registering for GTLC, competitors automatically accept GTLC’s rules.

2 progressive price categories:

  • 10/11/2022 to 31/12/2022
  • 01/01/2023 to 06/05/2023
  • No registration D-Day

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Personal beaker 15 cl minimum Obligatory
Supply of water 1-liter minimum Obligatory
Head torch Obligatory
Spare batteries for the head torch Obligatory
Survival blanket 1,40 x 2,0 m minimum Obligatory
Food reserve for autonomy during the race Obligatory
Waterproof jacket Obligatory
Clothing adapted to weather conditions (sun, rain, cold, snow) Obligatory
ID or passport Obligatory

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