1-3 March 2019: ADDO ELEPHANT TRAIL RUN, SOUTH-AFRICA
(date to be confirmed)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run wild and free through true African wilderness?
If you are looking for a truly wild trail running adventure, then take on the 100 Mile, 76km or 44km ultra-trail runs through the vast and beautiful Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
Addo is the ONLY national park in the world that can lay claim to having the Big 7 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, southern right whale and the great white shark).
You will be running in areas of the park that are home to a variety of wild animals, and you stand a chance of seeing animals such as kudu, impala, baboons, ostriches, bushbuck, black-backed jackals, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, mountain zebra, warthogs and the largest antelope in the world – the eland! These have all been spotted on the route.
Experience it from a unique perspective.
The trails track the rugged Zuurberg mountains and beautiful valleys of the park, with a large number of river crossings, and some challenging climbs.
You will be challenged to run on a wide range of terrain including single track trails, 4×4 tracks and old jeep tracks within the park itself, as well as some stretches of dirt road.
Race info: #AddoElephantTrailRun
5-11 March 2018: GUATEMALA IMPACT MARATHON
An extraordinary experience with a blend of stunning locations, hugely impactful volunteering and the hardest race of your life. A volcanic backdrop, some massive social issues to support and meeting new friends for life.
This is not just a race, it’s a week-long community engagement and world-changing adventure. This is your chance to link in with the exciting Guatemalan culture and create a platform for change. We are here to embrace the nation, to learn its history and to help develop the discussions and the opportunities to build a strong future for the country.
The Athletes’ Village will be your home for the week and it’s an absolute beauty. Nestled up in the hills surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage town Antigua, you will be treated to views of not one but THREE beautiful volcanoes… including one that you might see spurting out lava in the evenings.
You’ll rise each morning to yoga within the on-site avocado farm. You can also head out on one of our training runs.
In the evening, the campfire will serve as a melting pot of stories and connections.
Depending on your selected UN Global Goal you’ll be working with organizations in the region to bring about change in their communities.
The race will take place on the 5th day. A tough, beautiful trail running route that will test you and inspire you in equal measure and will take you on a volcanic journey of exploration. Not much is revealed about what to expect on race day, but you can be assured that it’s not the ‘average’ race.
Places are strictly limited to 85 people, because the Impact Marathon experience focuses on having enough people to make an impact, but not so many to lose the close, intimate experience.
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Race terrain: Trail, mountain
Race distance: marathon
Race info: #ImpactMarathonGuatemala
8-22 March / 9-23 March 2018: ANTARCTICA MARATHON & HALF MARATHON, ANTARCTICA
The Antarctica Tour Package begins with three-nights in Buenos Aires for time to meet your running peers, participate in a few training runs, and attend the mandatory race briefing and welcome dinner. Then you’ll fly to Ushuaia, which is located at the southern tip of Argentina. It is here where you will start your journey to Antarctica aboard the Akademik Ioffe Ship or the Akademik Vavilov Ship. Over the course of several days you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula until reaching King George’s Island, the location of the marathon and half marathon.
Historians and scientists will provide lectures on board your ship and you will experience wildlife excursions during landings in remote areas, such as seal colonies and penguin rookeries as well as the research bases.
The races take place on 16 or 17 March, 2018, depending on the ship you’re on. The course will start and finish outside the Russian base and pass near the Chilean and Chinese bases. The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy.
The course on King George’s Island has marked gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Great care is taken to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem. As part of this, there’s a maximum of 100 passengers ashore for the event at any time. Marathon Tours & Travel takes their part seriously and has raised more than $200,000 for Oceanites, the non-profit scientific organization that monitors the effects of climate change and the impact of tourism on Antarctica.
16-18 March 2018: THREE DAYS OF SYLLAMO, ARKANSAS, USA
Three-day trail running stage race covering approximately 100 miles in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in warm, partly cloudy weather. Technical Rating 5.
Day 1: This run will take place on the Syllamo trails. Full aid stations will be provided at approximately 4-8 miles apart.
Dat 2: “This is where the fun starts”. This run will be held on the Sylamore, Syllamo and Ozark Highlands trails that winds, climbs and descends through the beautiful Sylamore Ranger District including several creek crossings, past scenic vistas and bluffs and through dense forest. Full aid stations will be located approximately 4-9 miles apart.
Day 3: This run will take place on the Syllamo trails. Aid will be provided at the halfway point.
Location: Start & finish: Blanchard Springs Campground, Arkansas, USA
Race terrain: Trail, mountain
Race distances: 150K; stage per day: 50K, 80K, 20K
Race info: #ThreeDaysOfSyllamo
22-26 March 2018: TIZI N’TRAIL, MOROCCO
The Tizi N’Trail is a trail in Morocco that combines performance, solidarity and conviviality. The footrace is held annually since the immediate success of the first edition.
The Tizi N’Trail 2018 will consist of three stages between 20 and 28 km in the region of Essaouira, with a unique view of the Atlas Mountains, sea, desert, lakes, mountains and canyons.
All athletes aged 18 and older in good physical condition can participate in Tizi N’Trail. You can run or hike the course.
The priority of the organization is to offer great courses, outside the known tourist routes, in the most beautiful regions of Morocco, while respecting the environment protecting nature and respecting the people of the host country.
The Tizi N’Trail is not a simple race. You’ll participate in solidarity actions to bring the aid to the local villages population. GO 2 EVENTS provides sports equipment in various forms (clothing, sports shoes, etc.) to rural people during the Tizi N’Trail.
Race info: #TiziNTrail
23 March 2018: PALESTINE MARATHON, BETLEHEM, PALESTINE
Free Movement Palestine Marathon is an initiative to increase awareness on our right to freedom of movement as stated in Article 13 of the universal declaration of Human Rights.
The Palestine Olympic Committee (POC) is an independent civil organization that sponsors the Palestine Marathon. POC is recognized as a member in the International Olympic Committee which oversees Olympics and Sports Activities. Together they carry the mission to maintain and develop Olympic and Sport events held in Palestine. The objective of the POC pursuit in the Palestine Marathon is to focus the lens on the basic right to move freely in Palestine. To achieve this goal, the organization provides a fun and challenging experience which first and foremost incorporates exchange in cultural values by engaging international runners and supporters in the event. This interaction then sheds light to the rest of the world and increases their awareness of matters such as the restrictions that Palestinians face on a daily basis because of the occupation. The event provides all participating foreigners with insight of the fruitful Palestinian culture that is not widely known across the world. The Palestine Marathon is a collaborative effort between the Palestine Olympic Committee and all of its sponsors. In the past four years, the events were successfully organized with meaningful support from the Right to Movement (RTM).
The Palestine Marathon’s aim is to establish a running culture in Palestine. It is an opportunity that provides Palestinians with the chance to move in a new and fun way which also builds a relationship based on the love for running and cultural exchange between Palestinians and the people from around the world. The event is about showing the outside world a new side to Palestine and Palestinians. It is about creating awareness and building understanding across cultures. Palestine Marathon is about cultural exchange, cultural exploration, and understanding. It is free of any political agenda. Nothing happens until something starts moving. So we want to move. Move with us.
You can participate in the following races: 42KM Full Marathon, 21KM Half Marathon, 10KM Race, 3KM Family Race.
Race info: #PalestineMarathon
31 March 2018: TWO OCEANS ULTRA MARATHON SOUTH-AFRICA
The 49th edition of this famous race around the Cape Peninsula.
Distances: Ultra Marathon 56K, Half Marathon 21K, Trail Run 24K and 12K, Fun runs 5.6K and 2.1K
The event attracts close to 26 000 participants across all the distances and provides them with a mixture of breathtaking scenery, a grueling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and an unrivaled race organization and atmosphere.
Participants consistently vote it as one of the best in South Africa and it continues to attract strong fields and an increasing number of international entrants. The event has become synonymous with the Easter Weekend in Cape Town, with the pre-race activities at the expo, family day, and fun runs on Easter Friday. En-route entertainment on the race day provides fun, excitement, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators alike.
International and Africa entrants are invited to participate in the International Friendship Run on Friday, 30 March. This is a free event, and additional guests can be added to your entry at a nominal fee.
All International entrants are invited to meet on Good Friday morning for a scenic 5.6km run/walk through the City of Cape Town, past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, which include the Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point Promenade, Green Point Park and Mouille Point Lighthouse.
Runners from all over the world get into the marathon spirit with their family and friends, who can also participate in the Friendship Run for a nominal fee, jogging with the flags from their various countries.
Race info: #TwoOceansUltra #FriendshipRun
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