1-2 July 2018: Ultra Trail Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Running on steep glacial moraines and gravel roads, overviewing clear blue lakes and snow covered mountain peaks.
This vertical race is part of the annual Festival del Andinismo (a mountain sports and film festival).
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) Qualifying race.
Location: Huaraz, Ancash, Peru
Race distance: 50K, 21K, 13K (night race), 6K
Race info: #UTCB
21 JULY 2018: MADISON MARATHON, MONTANA, USA
the Highest Road Marathon on Planet Earth. A race at 9,250 feet on a good quality gravel road under the Big Sky of Montana.
Just 13 US-states have mountain peaks higher than this starting line. You are almost guaranteed to get a Personal Worst (PW), because of the high elevation and the 4 to 5-mile uphills and downhills that never dip below 8,500 feet. And you won’t care about getting a PW because this marathon really is all about the experience.
There are only 200 spots, and it’s one of the American marathons that sell out each year.
The Madison Marathon and Big Sky Marathon are scheduled as back-to-back races, two days on a row. Anyone who can do a Double Marathon at such a high altitude is a bad ass!
Location: start at 9,250 feet above sea level, Montana, USA
Race distances: 26,2mi (marathon), 13,1mi (half marathon), and team (4 runners)
Race info: #MadisonMarathon
22 July 2018: GOLDEN RING ULTRA-TRAIL, SUZDAL, RUSSIA
A trail race for runners of all backgrounds and levels of experience in the heart of Russia.
Founded in the 11th century, Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia and home to more than 300 unique historical sites and monuments from ancient Russia, including several that have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Awarded federally protected status in 1967 and surrounded by expansive forests and fields, Suzdal offers visitors a chance to travel back in time.
Join >3000 participants from around the world and choose from a wide variety of distances:
Participants can test themselves with the City Run T10.
Experienced amateurs can push themselves with the T30 and T50.
Extreme ultramarathoners can set new challenges for themselves in the T100*
* All T100 finishers will receive ITRA/UTMB points (4 UTMB points)
Location: Suzdal, Russia
Race distances: 100K, 50K, 30K, 10K
Terrain: trail, road
Race info: #Golden Ultra
23-25 July 2018: Badwater 135, California, USA
The World’s Toughest Foot Race in the hottest and driest area of the USA. A very demanding and extreme running race, covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California. Start at Badwater, Death Valley, at the lowest elevation in the North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. Finish at Mt. Whitney Portal at nearly 8,300’ (2530m). The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 13,000’ (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) of cumulative descent.
Location: Start at Badwater, Death Valley. Finish at Mt. Whitney Portal, California, USA
Race distances: 135 miles (217km)
Elevation change: +4450m/-1859m total elevation gain/loss
Race info: #Badwater135
27-28 July 2018: WASHIE 100, SOUTH AFRICA
As the first full moon slowly approaches to be on its brightest and most magnificent in July, a group of hard-core and tough ultra-runners are possibly nervously tweaking some final touches to their now nearly done training schedule for the infamous and world-renowned WASHIE 100 miler, described as “Road to hell”!
This is a 161.37 km route in Port Alfred, with a total ascent of 2021.41 m and a maximum elevation of 273.89 m.
Cut-off time 26 hrs.
The temporary new route for 2018 gives a unique opportunity to compete in a “fast” point2point 100mile race.
Registration opens in April.
Washie 100 is part of the 5 Continents Grand Slam, also including (Sweden (TEC), Chile (Atacama Xtreme), Australia (GNW 100) and Israel (Sovek Emek).
“To do the 5 Continents Grand Slam is wanting to transcend the boundaries in the way to live the sport of Ultra Marathon as life experience. We are surrounded by conflict, poverty, inequality and much-unappreciated beauty.
This circuit is a union proposal through sports. A form of tolerance, communication and friendship among athletes, using a really extreme challenge,” the initiators say.
These races with a total of 800 km in the most interesting places of the world, could be done in 1, 2 or 3 years.
Race info: #Washie100 #5ContinentsGrandSlam
27 JULY 2018: ULTRA EASY 100, WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
Not to be taken lightly!
The Ultra Easy 100k Sky Run is a 100km loop, starting in Luggate, running the river trail to Albert Town, over Mt Iron, Roys Peak, Mt Alpha, Little Criffel and joining the marathon course to go over Mt Pisa – about 4700m of climbing and descending. –
The race starts early (3am) and has a 20hr cut-off.
The Ultra Easy Relay includes 5 legs:
15.1km with 388m elevation,
23km with 1700m elevation,
21.4km with 1500m elevation,
29km with 753 elevation (and 1800m decent!),
13.4km with 150m elevation.
The Big Easy Mountain Marathon is 42.2K starting at the Snow Farm 1500m above the Cardrona Valley.
You’ll run the gentle trails of the cross-country skiing trails then 9km of ‘up’ to the top of Mt Pisa then 21km of ‘down’ to the finish at Luggate. 1pm start; nice and relaxed:-)
The 12K river run starts at Luggate.
You’ll enjoy beautiful trails, following the Clutha river farm tracks.
Then lounge on the grass under the willow trees and support the longer distances as they come in!
Race info: #UltraEasy100
29 July-4 August 2018: GOBI MARCH 7 STAGE FOOTRACE, CHINA
The Gobi March takes place in Hami region in the eastern part of Xinjiang Province in China.
Along the 250K / 155MI of the course, you pass through local villages and across grazing lands where shepherds tend to their flocks.
The region has a number of highlights, including the beautiful Tian Shan Mountains, vast grasslands, sand dunes and villages of ethnic minorities.
Participants traverse 250 kilometers in seven days over rough country terrain with only a place in a tent and water provided.
The terrain includes grasslands, farmlands, dirt tracks, riverbeds, rolling hills, mountain valleys, plains and plateaus.
You will be supported by highly qualified staff, all with experience in hiking, marathons and ultramarathons, and medical teams specializing in wilderness medicine.
The Gobi March is one of the 4 Deserts Races, recognized as the most prestigious outdoor footrace series in the world. Apart from the Gobi March, the series consists of the Sahara Race (Namibia), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica).
Race info: #GobiMarch
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