9 February 2019: TARAWERA ULTRAMARATHON, NEW ZEALAND
(date to be confirmed)
You’re challenged to complete a course of 102K, 87K or 62K, that takes you around four lakes, through many forests, past waterfalls and some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from Rotorua to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
The spectacular course also leads runners through places of immense cultural significance to Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
All three courses are low elevation, single tracks (trails) and wide trails through forests and narrow forestry roads. There are mainly gentle hills, short, steep hills and flat sections. There are a few stairs.
This is one of the most “runnable” trail ultramarathons in the world, with relaxed cut-offs (around 11:30min/km throughout), offering athletes of all abilities the opportunity to be part of the Ultra-trail World Tour.
In 2017 a total of 1400 runners participated, of which >50% were international athletes from 45 countries, including many of the world’s best trail ultra runners. In 2017 73% of the 102K racers crossed the finish line.
16 February 2019: BLACK CANYON ULTRAS
(date to be confirmed)
A tough 100K and 60K course with a mixture of single track trail, jeep roads, and pieces of an old stagecoach route.
Many segments of the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott.
This historic trail is following a route that’s used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by woolgrowers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. The trail north of highway 69 is still used as a cattle driveway. The trail ends at the Prescott National Forest boundary.
The Black Canyon 100K is a 2019 Western States 100 qualifier. You must complete the entire 100K distance under 17 hours in order to be eligible for the lottery.
It’s also a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
100K: 4 Itra points; 60K: 3 Itra points.
Location: Spring Valley to New River, Arizona, USA
Race terrain: Trail, jungle
Race distances: 100K, 60K
Race info: #BlackCanyonUltras
20-24 February 2019: TRANSGRANCANARIA, SPAIN
Transgrancanaria is an annual race on the island of Gran Canaria, since October 2003.
Participants must cross the island on foot, passing through several aid stations where they can replenish their water and food supplies, also giving the organization a chance to monitor the competitors’ progress.
Crossing the island on foot in less than 30 hours, participants can find rain, sun, mud, dust… but above all they will enjoy direct contact with nature. The course is the same for everyone and will be fully marked to avoid errors.
The Transgrancanaria has six different races, making it accessible for runners of all levels:
- 360º: distance: 265 km. elevation: +16.500 m. 101 hrs
- transgrancanaria: distance: 125 km. elevation: + 8.000 m. 30 hrs
- advanced: distance: 83 km. elevation:+ 4.300 m. 22 hrs
- marathon: distance: 44 km. elevation: + 1.200 m. 12 hrs
- starter: distance 32 km. elevation: + 750m. 10 hrs
- promo / family trans: distance 17 km. elevation: +- 300m. 6 hrs
The 360º is an individual, self-sufficient challenge of high difficulty.
From the starter level and up are qualifying races for the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB).
22-24 February 2019: THREE CRANES MULTIDAY CHALLENGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
(date to be confirmed)
Over the course of 3 days, you’ll cover over 100K in and around the breath-taking Karkloof Nature Reserve.
The run will incorporate roads in and around the Karkloof Nature Reserve, and you can expect easy off-road tracks through forests and grasslands, some trail running through beautiful misty forests and magnificent views as you run along the Gilboa escarpment. The night run will add a new dimension and adventure to this challenge and promises to bring out the adventurer in you!
A single base camp will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge.
The beautiful Karkloof valley is the breeding ground of South Africa’s endangered Cranes. Sadly, all three of South Africa’s Crane species are in decline due to man’s relentless exploitation of their delicate habitat. By running the Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge you will also assist these beautiful birds.
Race info: #ThreeCranes
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