3-5 January 2019: S1 TRAIL LA CORSA DELLA BORA, ITALY
Enjoy unique panoramas of the magnificent Gulf of Trieste between Italy and the Slovenian highlands, in an alternation of fast terrain, steep ascents, fast descends reminding the Dolomites, and breathtaking views over a turquoise sea.
A tough path, rigid conditions, but full of surprises.
The 164K Ipertrail is about choosing the right strategy. The fastest and the most skillful wins. Not just the fastest.
Start whenever you want, decide your race strategy. The stopwatch starts with you.
Registration opens every year in April.
Location: Bora, Italy
Race terrain: trail, mountain
Race distances: 164K, 57K, 21K, 8K
Race info: #S1Trail
6-7 January 2019: OSDE TANDILIA CROSSING, MULTIDAY RACE, LAGO DEL FUERTE, ARGENTINA
An exciting trail adventure across different rural paths and hills.
OSDE Tandilia Crossing is a 14hrs competition divided in two days or two stages: Saturday and Sunday.
This race can be done alone or in teams. Competitors will classify according to their times in both stages, which will be timed by a chip system.
Teams: if there are two members, both of them will have to run together.
It’s not a relay race; both will have to complete the total course.
Location: Start & finish: Lago del Fuerte, Tandil, Argentina
Race terrain: trail
Race distances: 60k – 42k – 21k (equally divided over 2 days), 10k
Race info: #CruceTandilia
18-19 January 2019: ANGKOR ULTRA TRAIL, CAMBODIA
Angkor, in the northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the major archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. The soul of the Khmer kingdom, the temples of Angkor are a source of inspiration and a national pride for Cambodians their beauty fascinate travelers from all around the world.
You will be dazzled by the natural resources that offer Cambodia.
You’ll run past majestic temples, through forests, tiny little rural villages, past rice fields.
The site is classed since 1992 as a UNESCO world heritage.
There are 5 distances to choose from, so this exciting trail event is for every kind of runner.
The 128K race can be completed in a relay of 4 runners each completing a distance of 32km but finishing as a team and joining up 3km before the finish.
The 128K and 64K race are qualifiers for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Race distance: 128K, 64K, 42K, 32K, 16K
Race info: #UltraTrailAngkor
18-20 JANUARY 2019: SUPERACE ULTRA MARATHON, TAIWAN
SUPERACE, founded by Kevin Lin, one the best-known endurance athletes in Asia, is introducing his home country to the ultra-challengers. The tough, yet beautiful mountain range will lead the runners to the Pacific Ocean to enjoy the big shiny blue.
Kevin Lin has been the first modern runner to cross the Sahara Desert in 2007. He became the champion of the 4 Desert Race Series in 2006. Following his great running adventures in Atacama Desert, Silk Road and many others, his journey continued with the creation of the SUPERACE, and led more people into the world of ultramarathons.
In SUPERACE Ultra Marathon, TAIWAN, runners are led along the Jinshuiying Historic Trail and the Central Mountain Range to the Eastern coast and pass the Alangyi Historic Trail. You will climb to more than 1,450 meters high and then to river beds at sea level; along the way runners will be greeted by mountains and sea as you pass wet tropical forests and gravel coasts. One might even hear the songs of the aboriginals. The diverse terrain will test both the limits of your stamina and willpower!
Participants are required to only carry equipment for a single day, locker services are provided and all other equipment will be delivered to the camp site by the event organizer.
Location: Pintung, Taiwan
Race date: 18-20 January 2019
Distance: 119K in 3 stages
Qualifier: UTMB (3-day race 3 ITRA-points / trail race 2 ITRA-points)
Race info: #Superace
19-26 January 2019: SOUTH PACIFIC JUNGLE ADVENTURE, COSTA RICA
An adventure that’s NOT open to everyone. It takes a specific type of person and runner in terms of running level, experience, and overall attitude.
You’ll be a part of a pack of 16 runners with 2 running guides, exploring and traversing the South Pacific Costa Rican Jungle, sleeping every night in a different place and eating the local food. You’ll see places and people that you couldn’t otherwise.
The runs will take an average of 7 hours a day, including several stops to swim in the sea and rivers, or to talk to people you meet on your way. Every few miles assistant points will be set by the staff to help you get to your destination.
Location: San Jose
Race distances: 96 miles in 6 days
Race info: #SouthPacificJungleAdventure #RunTheWorldAdventures
25 January–2 February 2019: KIMBIA KENYA
In The Footsteps Of Runners Of The Highlands: discovery, sharing and trail running.
The adventure allows everyone to find his/her own pace. You can choose between a total distance of 50K walk or run and a 100K run only, equally divided over 5 days.
Each stage you’ll discover many facets of the region located in the northwest of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18 km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos.
The races offer a very diverse nature of path & soil: dirt and sandy savannah and hills, villages or parks.
Kimbia Kenya is also an eco-solidarity project. All five stages leave, cross or arrive in a school. Two principles define this eco-solidarity project: logistical and material support to these schools and the organization of exchange and sharing moments between participants and the local population, especially with children of the schools.
There are tourist activities organized during the afternoons for those who still have enough energy after the morning races in order to discover the region of Navaisha, located in the heart of the Rift Valley.
Race info: #KimbiaKenya
26 January 2019: HONG KONG 100
The Vibram® Hong Kong 100 is an ultra endurance point-to-point race, that takes place every year in January. The 100km course starts in Pak Tam Chung on the Sai Kung Peninsula and covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong, including remote and unspoiled beaches, ancient forests, nature trails, reservoirs and steep hills.
The course is based around Hong Kong’s famous Maclehose Trail, but with some diversions to ensure that runners spend more time in its most scenic sections, as well as finishing with the descent from Hong Kong’s highest peak (Tai Mo Shan).
It includes a cumulative elevation gain of over 4500 meters. The cut-off time is 32 hours.
The race is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT), and kicks off every year these series of ultra races around the globe. It’s also a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
With everyone’s generous donations, HK$701,807 has been raised for various charities in 2017: HK$215,220 to Blind Sports Hong, HK$288,587 to Food Angel, HK$120,000 to Free to Run and HK$80,000 to Hong Kong Breast Cancer Fund.
Race info: #HK100
26 January-3 February 2019: WHITE CONTINENT MARATHON, ANTARCTICA
During the race you’ll be cheered on by penguins and seals. After the race you can enjoy excursions to a penguin colony, to see Gentoo, Adelie & Chinstrap penguins. You’ll also explore the nearby Russian Research base and their ornate Orthodox Church.
You will be sleeping overnight in Antarctica the evening before the race. A great experience!
You can choose from a 50K, marathon and half marathon adventure.
This race is the only opportunity for those who want to run a marathon in Antarctica within one week’s time. Other Antarctic race options require a minimum of 14 to 20 days.
Race info: #WhiteContinentMarathon
30 January-6 February 2019: WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE
Richard Donovan improved his own 2009 World Record in 2012 to run 7 Marathons on 7 continents within 4 days, 22 hours and 3 minutes.
He introduced the World Marathon Challenge in 2015; 9 men and 1 woman took the challenge to run 7 Marathons on 7 continents within 7 days. They all finished within the max of 8 hours per race, but Donovan still holds the World Record.
This challenge of a lifetime starts every year in January in Antarctica. After completing their first Marathon on the ‘Frozen Continent’, the tough women and men will run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances in Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia).
Runners with the fastest combined or average marathon times win and will be recognized as a world record by the Book of Alternative Records.
The race schedule looks like this:
28-Jan Recommended Arrival at Cape Town, South Africa
29-Jan Pre-Departure Briefings for Antarctica
30-Jan Flight to Marathon location at Novo, Antarctica. Marathon in Antarctica
31-Jan Marathon in Cape Town + Flight to Perth
1-Feb Marathon in Perth + Flight to Dubai
2-Feb Marathon in Dubai + Flight to Lisbon
3-Feb Marathon in Lisbon + Flight to Cartagena
4-Feb Marathon in Cartagena + Flight to Miami
5-Feb Marathon in Miami
6-Feb Free to Return Home
*Universal Time Zone / Dates. Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled departure and end date, but all flights are subject to weather, aircraft serviceability and local conditions.
The 59 hours of flying will be used to refuel and sleep a bit between races.
Carbon emissions from the flights will be offset by the organizers via a payment to CarbonFund.org.
Entry fee of EUR €36,000 (€35,000 if paying in full upon registration).
Race info: #WorldMarathonChallenge
31 January 2019: BRAZIL 135
The Brazil 135 is held in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains (a sub-range of the Andes Cordillera) in the state of Minas Gerais. This lush mountain range separates Rio de Janeiro from Minas Gerais state and is one of few remaining areas with the extensive Mata Atlantica ( Atlantic Coastal Rainforest) in southeastern Brazil. It is dotted with pretty little towns and national and state parks.
Considered the most difficult foot race in Brazil, it is run on the hardest, most challenging segment of the Caminho da Fé (Path of Faith or Way of Faith), the most difficult Brazilian pilgrimage path. The primary objectives of the Caminho da Fé pilgrimage are the experience of moments of reflection and faith through the exercise of walking – the integration of man with nature and with religion.
The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon was inspired in concept and in spirit by the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, California. If you have a strong athletic resume but did not qualify for Badwater Ultramarathon, applying for
Brazil 135 Ultramarathon could be an extraordinary opportunity since it is a qualifier for Badwater.
It’s also a qualifying race for the Western States Endurance Run and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (4 Itra points).
Participation is by invitation only for 120 die-hards.
Location: Start: São Joao da Boa Vista; finish: Pesqueiro da Montanha, Brazil
Race terrain: trail
Race distances: 126K -24hrs, 135 miles/217K – 48 hrs, 175 miles/281K- 60hrs, 281 miles/452K (relay) –
Race info: #Brazil135
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