1 August 2018: FOR RANGERS ULTRA, AFRICA
A 230km race split into 5 stages crossing five wildlife conservancies each of which has its own characteristic terrain from verdant grasslands to forest; the playground of East Africa’s iconic wildlife.
Runners should expect company. Under the watchful eye of the rangers we are there to support, you will encounter the diverse wildlife of these incredible conservation areas. The trails through the grasslands will be baking and the terrain through the rocky hills and riverbeds will be rough underfoot. Undulating between 1500m and 2000m above sea level the habitat and conditions vary hour by hour.
As a self-sufficient race, you are responsible for carrying your entire kit, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 2.5 liters of water which can be refilled at checkpoints along the stages. You’ll need some specialist gear to take on this challenge.
You’ll spend each night under canvas at our base camps under massive skies full of stars.
Race info: #ForRangers
4-12 August 2018: Inca Trail Marathon, Peru
The Original Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu & Inca Trail Classic 30K to Machu Picchu
An unforgettable outdoor and cultural adventure! Run the Inca Trail Classic 30K course or 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon option. Explore ancient archaeological sites of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
The Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu follows the original pilgrimage trail that leads into the religious capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary “Lost city of the Incas” – Machu Picchu! The run is moderate to strenuous over mountain terrain at altitudes ranging from 8,000’ to 13,779’. You will see archaeological sites only seen by those that complete the entire Inca trail. On the Inca Trail, you will sleep in a comfortable campground, and porters carry the gear.
Enjoy exploring the wonders of Machu Picchu. Fully-stocked aid stations and trail support.
Location: Cusco, Peru, South America
Race distance: 30K – 26.2 mile
Race info: #IncaTrail
10-12 August 2018: Fat Dog 120 Trail Race, CANADA
Scenic ultra point to point race in Canada, that straddles 3 stunning provincial parks and one recreational area in British Columbia, Canada in the Cascades Mountains. Just short of Everest for elevation gain. Fat Dog 120 mile is 8673 m, Everest 8848 m.
Stunning alpine views, meadows of wildflowers, good mix of technical and non-technical trails, very little forest service road, point to point, challenging profile, sumptuous aid stations, great organization, enthusiastic volunteers, and a lake at the end for soaking. The 120 mile event is not for beginners due to the climbs.
One of the toughest ultras in North America. Fat Dog made the shortlist in RunUltra race award list 2017.
For the 120 mile, you should have completed a 100-mile race previously OR Fat Dog 70 mile, OR a difficult race of less distance like the Vancouver 100 or Diez Vista 100. First timers for this 120 mile, are recommended to have at least a pacer from the last aid station to finish.
For 70 mile, you must have completed at least a 50 km race.
Trail work is a requirement and may be done anywhere.
The 120, 70 and 50 milers are qualifying races for Western States and Hardrock.
Location: Cathedral Provincial Park (120 mi + relay), E.C. Manning Provincial Park, (70, 50, 40 mi), Canada
Race distances-cut off: 120M-48hrs, 70M-27hrs, 50M-20hrs, 40M-18hrs, and 9 relay legs that cover 120 mile route-48hrs
Race info: #FatDog
18 AUGUST 2018: MERRELL WHALE OF TRAIL, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH-AFRICA
Come experience this exclusive opportunity to run the Whale Trail hiking route in peak whale watching season. Starting in Potberg you will run through indigenous fynbos seeing proteas and ericas in abundance. You will cross rivers and run atop ridgelines before running onto the rocky shores of the Indian ocean. The trail of 53K with approximately 1900m ascent will snake along stunning paths that drift from the beach into coastal forests and along fynbos-covered hills.
A trail made in heaven with breathtaking views and possible sightings of the Southern Right whale. The race includes 3 meals and a fantastic vibe at the finish area in De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Location: De Hoop Collection, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Race distances-cut off: 53K-5,5 hrs
Race info: #WhaleOfTrail
PIKES PEAK MARATHON
A Journey to the Top and Perhaps Back…
The Pikes Peak Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon will redefine what you call running.
There’s a reason trees don’t bother growing above 12,000′ on Pikes Peak. They can’t! Makes one wonder if trees are smarter than runners. Above treeline most runners take 30 minutes or more, some much more, just to cover a mile.
Protruding rocks and roots are waiting to send you crashing to the ground and temperature often goes up more than 30 degrees between start and finish. The trail is often narrow, winding, and may be gravel, rocks or dirt with sharp turns and abrupt changes in elevation or direction. However, there are no exposed ledges, so there is little danger of falling off the trail!
The summit of the race is at 14,115′ (4,302m) altitude. The Ascent finish/Marathon turnaround is at approximately 14,050′.
Because the Ascent and Marathon are so unique and so physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons, having a general understanding of the courses is the key to planning your training.
Only Peak Veterans who have completed the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon in the past 3 years (2015+) may register for both the Ascent and Marathon (known as “Doubling”).
Pikes Peak Marathon is part of the Golden Trail Series, five scenic and challenging races on different continents with a great history and atmosphere.
Date: August 18-19, 2018
Location: Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA
Race distances/Cut-off time: Pikes Peak Ascent 13.32M/6h30m, Marathon 26.21M/10h
Elevation gain: 7,815′ (2,382m)
Race info: #PikesPeakMarathon #GoldenTrailSeries
19-29 AUGUST 2018: KILIMANJARO STAGE RUN, TANZANIA
Join Simon Mtuy, Tanzania’s foremost trail runner, expert mountain guide, and world-record holder as he shares with you the paths he knows and loves in this trail runner’s paradise.
This trail running route circumnavigates the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This is a physically demanding event requiring a high level of fitness and endurance, and the dream of discovery.
Full-service camping is provided during the 11 days adventure, of which you’ll run 13 to 28 miles for 8 days.
For experienced ultrarunners who want to experience the wildlife and savannas of Tanzania.
Race info: #KilimanjaroStageRun
25-26 August 2018: CASCADE CREST 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN
Cascade Crest is a challenging 100-mile trail run through the Central Cascades of Washington State. The course currently runs as a clockwise loop from the Easton Fire Station.
Registration for the yearly lottery takes place between January and February 5.
Entrants must have completed an organized trail 50-miler or longer between January 1st and July 31st, OR have completed an organized trail 100-miler ever. There should be no ambiguity that your qualifier is a “trail” run. Cascade Crest 100 is not easy… prepare accordingly.
Cascade Crest 100 is a qualifying race for Hardrock 100.
Entrants get to do 8 hours of trail work. This trail work must be completed between January 1st and July 31st and should also be done with an organized work party such as the PCTA, WTA, or other trail work organization. Documentation of your trail work must be completed using the online submission form prior to August 1st. Trail work can be done where it is convenient for the runner. We recommend contacting your local US Forest Service office for trail work opportunities. For locals, the Washington Trails Association hosts trail work parties nearly every weekend in beautiful locations throughout the state. The trail work requirement applies to all entrants. Volunteering at a race does not constitute trail work.
Location: Central Cascades, Washington DC, USA
Race terrain: trail
Time Limit – distance: 34 hours – 100MI
27 August-2 September 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, and follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland.
This challenging race with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy.
Ca 2300 people will be sharing the dream that they’ve been preparing for during many months. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with Aiguille de Bionnassay and crossing Col du Bonhomme by moonlight. At sunrise, you will cross Col de la Seigne into Italy and the magical Val Veni overlooked by Noire du Peuterey and the glaciers descending Mont Blanc. Later you will reach the Val Ferret, guarded by Dent du Géant and Grandes Jorasses before finally turning into Switzerland to relish the beautifully protected countryside.
You will have to deal with fatigue and overcome your fears and anxieties. Some participants, having pushed their limits to the extreme, will choose to break off the race keeping intact their hopes to make it from beginning to end at some later date. They will be rewarded for their achievement and their names will be added to the list with everyone else at the end of the race.
The others will climb over Bovine and Les Tseppes. Then, with Aiguille Verte in front of them, under the vertical heights of the Drus and with majestic presence of Mont Blanc before them, they will dive down towards the finishing line in the heart of Chamonix.
Because of the success of the event, registration for the UTMB races is governed by two principles: a points system, for runners who have previously completed qualifying races, and a draw.
This system ensures that the runners have the experience necessary to participate in one of the UTMB races, and it manages the number of participants so that the races take place in good conditions (quality, safety and with respect for the environment).
The organization offers 4 individual races (UTMB®, CCC®, TDS®, OCC) and an adventure in teams (PTL®) meaning welcoming almost 8000 participants coming from 87 different countries:
UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (166 km +9,600 m)
CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)
TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (119 km +7,250 m)
OCC: Orsières – Champex – Chamonix (53 km +3,300 m)
PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +28,000 m)
Location: Le Mont Blanc, Les Alps, France
Race distance: 53K, 101K, 119K, 166K,300K
Race info: #UTMB
31 August-2 September 2018: THE RUT MOUNTAIN RUNS
An extremely challenging mountain race held on Big Sky Resort property. Race participants will find themselves covering ALL types of terrain including jeep roads, forested single track trails, alpine ridge lines and even to the iconic summit of Lone Peak!
The challenging steep and technical 50K with 3,200m vertical climb traverses exposed ridgelines and includes harrowing descents down steep scree slopes. The high point of the race is the Lone Peak summit at 3,403m altitude.
The Rut Mountains Runs have become one of the most well attended and prestigious mountain running events in North America and the third year in a row as part of the Skyrunner® World Series. As a part of the Series, many of the best mountain runners in the world will yet again, be in attendance. An extra 20% points are awarded in this race for the ranking.
This is a true mountain course so please treat it with the respect it deserves! We strongly encourage you to become familiar with the course terrain before registering for this event.
Location: Big Sky Resort, Montana, USA
Time Limit-distance: 11 hours-50MI / 28K / 11K / Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer, Kids Fun Run 1K
Elevation: 10,500 ft / 3,200 m total elevation gain/loss
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