2-3 June 2018: KETTLE MORAINE 100
The backbone of the 100-mile course is the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. The description of the course by Peter Gagarin, reported in Ultrarunning Magazine in 1996, still rings true:
“The Ice Age Trail rolls and turns and twists through southeastern Wisconsin, in places a bit rocky and rooty and nasty, in places the most beautiful pine-needle-covered trail you could ever hope for; in places a steady progression of short, sharp ups and downs, in places very gently rolling. There are no deep canyons, no mountain passes, no thin air, no claim to be the toughest 100-miler. But 100 miles is still 100 miles. You still have to deal with Mother Nature, with the night, with blisters and chafing and sore muscles, with trying to keep eating and drinking and running. These factors are always there.”
Registration for the 2018 kettle is open January 1 through May 26 or until the races fill.
Location: Kettle Moraine State Forest, LaGrange, Wisconsin, USA
Race terrain: trail
Time Limit-distance: 32 hours-100MI (solo and relay) / 19 hours-100K / 17 hours-38MI / 11 hours-50K
Race info: #KettleMoraine100
2-3 June 2018: SAN DIEGO 100, California, USA
17th annual scenic and challenging 100 Miles race is a 90% single track mountain course in Mt Laguna Recreational Area, alongside the Pacific Crest, Noble Canyon, Lake Cuyamaca Trails, Indian Creek Trails and Rancho Cuyamaca State Park.
Applicants must have completed an official 50-mile race in less than 13 hours from between January 1, 2016 through April 15, 2018. Anyone who has completed an official 100K or 100-mile run in the last 2 years (January 1, 2016 to April 15, 2018 is also qualified to apply.
Registration closes after a three day entry period and then a lottery (if required due to more than 300 qualified applicants) will ensure to select the entrant field. A waitlist signup will open immediately following the finalized results of the lottery or after the field has reached the 300 limit.
The latest date for waitlisted applicants to receive a slot is April 15, 2018.
All entrants are required to perform 6 hours of volunteer work within a year prior to the start of the 2018 race as a requisite to participate. We expect entrants to attempt to accomplish their volunteer work on trail maintenance but volunteering at an ultra or other race, or by volunteering at a community service is acceptable.
The 2018 event will again have a Solo Division to recognize all runners who opt to run the entire race without the support of a crew or pacers with spectators only allowed to meet Solo runners at the start and finish line. All finishing Solo runners will receive special awards to include a unique belt buckle. Solo runners will have to rely on their drop bags and the aid stations for all support. Solo runners are allowed to run with other registered runners but must rely on themselves (drop bags) and aid station volunteers throughout the entire race.
The San Diego 100 is part of the San Diego Ultra Slam. If you wish to participate in the SD Ultra Slam go to the slam registration page after you have registered for the San Diego 100.
Location: Lake Cuyamaca, California, USA
Race terrain: trail
Time Limit – distance: 32 hours – 100MI
Race info: #SanDiego100
2-10 June 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
3-8 June 2018: Jungle Ultra Marathon, Peru
Discover South-America by running from The Andes to the Amazon.
The Jungle Ultra will test your endurance as you run 230K on tough jungle trails, mountain roads and village tracks, making your way from Cloud Forest and down 10,500ft to the Amazon Jungle.
You will experience the virgin forests, diverse wildlife and numerous tribes of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest as you complete this 5 stage event.
As you are in the jungle you will face humidity levels reaching near 100%, making sweating useless in maintaining your core body temperature, leaving you saturated for extended periods of the race, and indeed when you finally reach camp.
For the race itself, you will be self-sufficient carrying your own hammock, sleeping bag, food and supplies for the entire race, replenishing your (minimum) 2.5 liters of water along the way at checkpoints and base camps.
The 230km race distance is split into 5 stages with a maximum of 6 days to complete the challenge.
There are checkpoints every 10 to 15K providing water and aid.
Location: Manu National Park, Peru
Race distance: 230K to be covered in 5 stages
Race info: #jungleultra
10 June 2018: COMRADES MARATHON, SOUTH AFRICA
The Comrades Marathon in South-Africa is world’s oldest and largest Ultramarathon, with a history and tradition comparable to the Boston Marathon.
An Ultra Marathon run over a distance of 87.7K (56.1mi), between the coastal city of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province.
The race alternates yearly between the “up run” from Durban and the “down run” from Pietermaritzburg.
10 June 2018: The Dipsea Race, California, USA
the oldest trail race in America since 1905.
The Dipsea Race was born from a bet between two members of San Francisco’s Olympic Club. The scenic 7.4 mile course is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world, although the stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. The route is part of Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The number of participants is limited to 1500, to guarantee safety and protect the environment.
There’s just one overall winner, regardless of age or gender. Decades before they were officially allowed into any other distance races in the United States, women raced over the Dipsea Trail.
Legendary hero of the race, Jack Kirk, “The Dipsea Demon,” is a two-time winner who ran every Dipsea from 1930 until 2003. He passed away in January of 2007, at the age of 100.
Location: start in Mill Valley, finish in Stinson Beach, California, USA
Race distances: 7,4mi
Race info: #Dipsea
15-16 June 2018: BIGHORN TRAIL RUN
The Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run is in its 16th year.
Registration for the 100 miler is already open since October; other distances open in January.
This race is extremely challenging due to the rugged terrain of the Bighorn Mountains. Time cut-off is 22 hours.
The course, an out-and-back, is at elevations of up to 10,000 feet, among fields of wildflowers and breathtaking scenery. The majority of the course is on rugged mountain trails and 4-wheel drive roads.
The runs largely continue at this time as a public service by trail running enthusiasts and volunteers in the Sheridan community to promote recreation and tourism in Sheridan County.
Location: Dayton, Wyoming, USA
Race terrain: trail, mountain
Distances: 100M, 52M, 32M and 18M
Elevation: 10,000 ft
Race info: #Bighorn
16 June 2018: MOZART 100 SALZBURG RUNNING FESTIVAL, AUSTRIA
The city of Salzburg, UNESCO world heritage site and the breathtaking region of the SalzburgerLand, are the stage for Austria’s most famous ultra scenic run.
The 102,5k course takes the participants from the city center in front of the Cathedral along the trail of Sound of Music through one of the most magnificent regions of Austria with its beautiful forests, meadows, hills, rivers to lake Fuschlsee and back.
The race has a total elevation of 2.525m.
Runners and accompanying supporters who do not wish to cover the full distance, can choose from three alternative events over 56K, 25K and 11,5K.
Race info: #Mozart100
16 June 2018: MT. WASHINGTON ROAD RACE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA
A steep road race in extremely unpredictable weather.
Mount Washington is the highest peak in New Hampshire, with 11,5% elevation. It can be like summer at the start of the race, and like winter at the 6288-foot summit. Snow, ice, fog, wind, and cold make the race extra challenging and sometimes even dangerous.
The 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road race attracts Olympic athletes, Boston marathon champions, and the best mountain running specialists in the world.
21-23 June 2018: LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL, CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, VENETO, ITALY
The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail in the heart of the Italian Dolomites is an incredible 119K race on June 22nd, with 5.850m elevation gain and 30 hours limit.
It’s part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, THE international circuit for ultra trail running races, and a qualifier for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB: 4 points / 5 new points).
The scenic mountain trails of the Dolomites make it an unforgettable experience.
The Lavaredo Ultra Trail is combined with two other UTMB qualifying races as well:
the 19.6K Cortina Skyrace on June 21st with 1000m elevation (UTMB 1 point / 3 new points) and the 47k Cortina Trail race on June 23th with 2650m elevation (UTMB: 1 point / 3 new points).
Together with workshops and the presentation of new gear, it’s three-day running festival for runners of all kinds of levels.
Race info: #lut2018 #cortina #Lavaredo
23 June 2018: BIG FIVE MARATHON, LAKESIDE LODGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
The Big Five Marathon in South Africa is held among the wildlife of the African savannah.
Runners from all over the world will meet in one of the most spectacular “Big Five” game reserves in Africa.
A challenging African safari marathon route right through the habitat of elephants, zebras, leopards and lions.
The first section of the race is on dirt roads made up of red sand. After a few hills you’ll reach Yellow Wood Valley.
After running run the steep slope, you’ll have to run it up again, before you’ll have a great view over the plateau’s lake.
No fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates the runners from the African wildlife.
Besides the full marathon distance you can also run a half marathon.
Race info: #BigFiveMarathon
23-24 June 2018: Western States Endurance Run, California, USA
The Western States 100mile Endurance Run is the oldest and most legendary 100 mile trail race in the world. First used by the Paiute and Washoe Indians, later as the most direct route between the gold camps of California and the silver mines of Nevada.
Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Western States Endurance Run differs substantially from other organized runs. Adequate mental and physical preparation is of utmost importance to each runner, for the high mountains and deep canyons, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.
27 June-2 July 2018: BIG RED RUN, AUSTRALIA
Big Red Run is Australia’s first and only 250K multiday race, a 7-day event in the Simpson Desert.
There’s also a 6-day 150km stage race. Ideal for those wanting to dip their toes into stage racing, and for trekkers and adventure hikers. Both races start and finish in the iconic Birdsville Pub. You’ll enjoy outback adventure camping under the stars, and swapping tales around the campfire each night.
Run on and experience stunning red desert landscapes under the big blue sky.
The Big Red Run aims to raise substantial funds for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Money raised will help fund the best and most promising Type 1 Diabetes medical research to cure, treat and prevent this disease. Participants in the Big Red Run are required to achieve a minimum fundraising commitment of $1,000. You can fulfill this commitment by obtaining donations through Everyday Hero.
Race info: #BigRedRun
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