4-14 May 2018: TRANS ATLAS ULTRA TRAIL MARATHON, MOROCCO
A multiday race high up in the mountains of the Moroccan Atlas. The 285 km route is divided into 6 stages. Every day 30 to 60 km of trails will be covered, with an elevation up to 14000.
An adventure with spectacular views through a lunar-like rocky landscape with snowy peaks, gorges, valleys, few villages.
Race-director and ultrarunner Mohamad Ahansal is the Moroccan initiator who made it possible to meet the ancient culture of Berbers and souks with rich colors, smells and flavors.
Apart from a place to sleep in a lodge, breakfast and diner, participants have to carry their backpack with food, water and equipment during each stage.
Race info: #TransAtlasMarathon
6 May 2018: WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN
Running for those who can’t.
Wings for Life is a charity whose mission is to make spinal cord injury curable.
100% of your entry fee goes to life-changing research projects aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. All administrative costs of the event and foundation are covered by Red Bull.
It all started with a simple but intriguing idea: What if you could get the whole world running? Everyone, worldwide, on the same day, at the same time. A race of epic proportions with just one lone runner left at the end. A world run. But could it be done? It could.
The race format is different than usual as there is no single finish line.
Thirty minutes after the start, a Catcher Car will set off in each location. As long as you stay in front of the car, you stay in the race. When the Catcher Car passes you, your race is over.
Race info: #WingsForLife
10-17 May 2018: BORNEO WILDLIFE MARATHON, INDONESIA
The Borneo Wildlife Marathon, Half-marathon or 50K race gets you out of your traveling and running routine gives you the chance to experience some new adventure.
You will have the chance to interact with the locals, challenge yourself running and enrich your life and leave Borneo knowing that you have done something good helping to save the Orangutans.
The Borneo Wildlife Marathon and Half-Marathon start in Palangkaraya in Central Borneo. Prepare yourself for 7 amazing nights, with the race on the 13th of May.
The packages include accommodations, meals, Sei Gohong Orangatan tour to Kaja Island, Bapallas Island Palangka Raya. Proceeds will be donated to the Orangutan Project.
Location: Palangkaraya, Borneo, Indonesia
Race distance:21K, 42K, 50K
Race info: #BorneoWildlifeMarathon
12 May 2018: CONQUER THE WALL MARATHON, CHINA
The Conquer the Wall Marathon has no equal and is an event that separates the tourists from the adventurers. It will test you like no other race.
The Conquer the Wall Marathon is the longest running international marathon on the Great Wall of China. A locally organized event held annually in May, offering a full selection of runs including a full marathon (42.2K), half marathon (21.1K), 10K and 5K distances.
The Great Wall was built along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against invasion. It is often compared to a huge dragon winding up and down in the mountains, grassland, and desert.
When the Great Wall was constructed, the designers intentionally varied the height of the steps to upset any running charge by invaders. It’s a design strategy which has also upset the thousands of runners from around the world who try to conquer the wall each year.
The 20,000+ steps you will encounter will vary in height from a few centimeters to over 40 cm in height, with many of the original sections little more than underfoot rubble. Apart from the ca 30K of stairs you’ll be challenged by a ca 12K steep trail. The message here is to train for rugged conditions and to be prepared for the worst!
From the excitement of the start line to the solitude of an ancient landscape, the Conquer the Wall Marathon will leave you with an experience that will last forever.
Race info: #ConquerTheWallMarathon #ConquerTheWall
12 May 2018: TRANSVULCANIA, LA PALMA, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN
Prepare yourself to enjoy a wonderful sight… but also get ready for this amazing challenge.
Transvulcania Ultra Marathon is one of the toughest trail running races of the world, with a distance of 74.33km and ca 4m of cumulative gain and loss.
From the start line, located at sea level, the course climbs to Roque de los Muchachos (2421 m.), the highest point on the Island, then descends to Tazacorte and ends in Los Llanos de Aridane where the finish line is surrounded by an amazing environment with lots of people.
You need to be in excellent physical condition to be able to enter the race, but it’s definitely worth the challenge. Here’s what ultrarunners say who accomplished it:
“A beautiful route, an exceptional environment, an excellent organization and an entire island united for a common purpose,” Luis Alberto Hernando.
“At the Faro de Fuencaliente you feel a mix of enthusiasm and nervousness just before the challenge begins. There is nothing like that moment, it’s a fantastic experience,” Anna Frost.
“A tough route enlivened by its outstanding landscapes. The sunrise framed by the other islands in the distance is just spectacular,” Kilian Jornet.
Besides the Ultramarathon you can run a Half Marathon, Marathon or KM Vertical.
Race info: #Transvulcania18
17 May 2018: HARDCORE HUNDRED, PHILIPPINES
Hardcore 100 Miles (H1) is the longest trail race in the Philippines. It belongs to an exclusive club of 100-mile races worldwide that have a total elevation gain of more than 35,000 feet.
It takes you to two major peaks: Mount Pulag (2747masl) and Mount Ugo (2150masl), and several hills and hamlets in between.
The course leads you along single track trails, dirt/gravel paths, dry stream beds, grasslands, farmlands, forest trails and hanging bridges. Less than 10% of the route is made up of concreted roads.
You’ll face many challenges in this 100-mile (160-kilometer) trail race so you must be prepared to make decisions for your own safety under uncertain conditions without expectation of immediate assistance.
To be able to register you must have officially finished a 100-kilometer trail race within the period May 17, 2017 – May 10, 2018. Results must be verifiable over the internet.
Part of your registration fee goes to the KOTM scholarship fund and outreach projects.
Location: Kayapa Central School
Race date: 17 May 2018
Terrain: trail, mountain
Gain/loss: 37.098 ft/37.112 ft
Qualifier: WSER, Hardrock 100, UTMB (6 ITRA-points)
Time limit: 40hrs
Entry fee: $200, PhP 8,500.00 for local entrants (late registrants pay a surcharge of 25%)
Race info: Hardcore Hundred
17-20 MAY 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA, NSW AUSTRALIA
The biggest trail running party in Australia (Katoomba) lasts 5 days and includes races for runners of all abilities. You can also learn about trails, gear, nutrition, training and race strategy during the expo workshops and presentations. A running festival for the whole family:
There’s the amazing and challenging 100K running course with spectacular views of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The tough and remote course with very little support, lots of stairs and an elevation gain of 4.300m, makes this race accessible for experienced trail runners only.
For less experienced ultra runners there’s a 50K race with 2.300m of elevation gain.
The Pace UTA22 with 1,200m of elevation gain over a distance of 22K, is a good start for new runners who’re curious about trail and ultra running.
Looking for a shorter distance? Enjoy the 2.5K dash through Katoomba town.
The Scenic World UTA951 is a 1K vertical race on the 951 Furber Stairs. A great challenge for your quads.
And last but not least there’s the Injinji 1K-4-Kids fun run. Each kid up to 12 years can take part and receives a medal and pair of Injinji socks.
Ultra-Trail Australia is a qualifier for The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). Finishers of the Ultra-Trail Australia will gain 5 qualifying points for the 100K and 3 qualifying points for the 50K.
Race info: #UltraTrailAustralia #UTA100
18-19 May 2018: ATACAMA XTREME, CHILE
Atacama Xtreme was born to be a world-class running event and as part of the 5 Continents 100 Miles Grand Slam. Designed for all types of runners, including the most demanding.
In distances of 50K, 80K and 160K non stop you can experience the best of the Atacama Desert. The average altitude is 2500 meters. There will be salt flats, dunes, roads, etc. The Atacama unrelenting sun makes the experience even harder.
The 160K Ultramarathon is an emblematic distance, and in this case absolutely magical and extreme. Mostly runnable, though not simple and with a time limit of 32 hrs.
Location: Atacama Square, San Pedro, Chile
Race terrain: trail, desert
Race distance: 50K, 80K and 160K
Race info: #AtacamaXtreme
18-20 May 2018: CRUEL JEWEL 100, GEORGIA, USA
The 106 miles foot race covers 94 miles of trails and 12 miles of mountain roads in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains. Along with your journey from Vogel State Park to Blue Ridge and back, you will experience tough single track trails and steep ascents and descents (33,000 feet of gain and loss!), with lush green hardwood forests, rocks, roots.
You’ll cross a historic steel bridge over the Toccoa River and pass 20 aid stations before you reach your final destination.
For tough and experienced trail runners! Cruel Jewel 100 is a Hardrock Qualifier.
Cruel Jewel 50 is a point to point trail race which consists of 50 miles of trails and 6 miles of mountain roads. On your way to the finish line, you’ll pass 10 aid stations. The 15,000 feet of gain and loss is a bonus to keep you smiling!
Both races are 2018 UTMB Qualifiers (4 and 6 Points).
Location: Start: Vogel State Park, Blairsville, (100 mi), Camp Morganton, Blue Ridge, (50 mi), Georgia, USA
Race distances: 100 mi, 50 mile
Race info: #CruelJuwel
19 May 2018: PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 50
An out-and-back 50-miles course mostly on single track trail along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cleveland National Forest, with changing eco-cultures and beautiful vistas.
The trail features numerous climbs, particularly on the “out” portion, as well as some rocky sections. It begins at an elevation of approximately 3,000 feet, reaching 6,000 feet in the Laguna Mountains.
Traditional Cuban feast at the finish! Tech tees and finishers’ medals.
The PCT 50 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 PCT 50.
Registration for the 2018 PCT 50 opens on New Year’s Eve at midnight and normally sells out within a few days.
Location: Cleveland National Forest, California, USA
Race terrain: trail, mountain
Time Limit – distance: 13.5 hours – 50 mile
Elevation: ~15,000 feet total elevation change
Race info: #PCT50
19-20 May 2018: MASSANUTTEN MOUNTAIN TRAILS 100 MILE RUN, VIRGINIA, USA
The MMT is a challenging 100-mile trail ultra over a demanding, rocky course in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
The course includes short but rugged mountain climbs.
In May the weather is normally not brutal hot, but in prior years there was rain and violent storms.
The event is noted for its well-stocked, friendly aid stations and good course marking.
Entrants must be at least 18 years old and have met one of the following tests by the day entry opens (January 1):
Completed an official 100-mile race on or after January 1, 2015; or
Completed two official ultra distance races, at least one of which 50 miles or longer, on or after January 1, 2016.
You may use a 24-hour race as a 100 miler assuming you complete at least that distance. If you have a question about your qualifier, you should contact the RD ahead of time.
Runners with five or more prior MMT finishes need not have a qualifier.
Location: Fort Valley, Virginia, USA
Race terrain: trail, mountain
Time Limit – distance: 36 hours – 100MI
Elevation: ~18,000 feet total elevation change
Race info: #MMT100
19-21 May 2018: ROPARUN, EUROPE
The Roparun is a relay race of over 500 kilometers from Paris and Hamburg to Rotterdam, where people in teams, take part in an athletic event to raise money for people with cancer. It’s also called an adventure for life. This is also clear from the motto, which for years has been: ‘Adding life to days, when days can’t be added to life’.
Roparun Foundation supports palliative care for people with cancer.
The money collected during the Roparun event is allocated to institutions, causes or projects that fulfill the Roparun motto. This can include equipping a walk-in center where (ex-)cancer patients and/or relatives can meet. Holidays for people with cancer and their families so that they can create a beautiful memory, even in an unpleasant period. Workshops in hospitals where people with cancer learn to deal with changes in appearance arising from the treatments. A nice day out for sick children and their brothers or sisters, so that they don’t have to think about being ill for a while. The development of ‘palliative boxes’, a resource for people in a terminal phase who would like to stay in their own home environment. Or equipping a hospice to ensure that people can stay in a pleasant environment during their final phase of life.
Race info: #RopaRun
21-27 May 2018: MALAWI IMPACT MARATHON
Choose Malawi and you’ll be joining us on the run of a lifetime in the home of distance-running. Not only will you spend the week on the shores of Lake Malawi (don’t forget your cameras for those epic sunrises and sunsets), you’ll also have time to meet some amazing projects really making a difference to the communities you will be running through and alongside. Empower yourself and use the power of running to help change lives forever.
For the first few days you’ll get stuck into a variety of projects, then after resting up on day 5, you’ll join hundreds of locals for the inaugural Malawi International Marathon!
Distances: 42K, 21K, 10K
This is more than just a race, just wait until you are running along the banks of Lake Malawi, enjoying the Warm Heart of this beautiful continent.
Set in challenging terrain, it’s a sandy, dusty trail race that has enough elevation to keep your legs happy but enough stunning vistas to keep your mind rewarded! Forget about your Personal Best and enjoy every single step of this unique course.
The Athletes’ Village, staffed by the local community, will be your home for the week. You can count on amazing sunrises to kick start each day, rounded off perfectly with sunsets that will render you utterly speechless. Beach BBQs and nightly campfires will be the perfect setting to connect with other runners during the week.
Race info: #ImpactMarathon #ImpactMarathonMalawi
25 May–2 June 2018: BHUTAN THE LAST SECRET, MULTIDAY RACE, BHUTAN
Run in the happiest country on earth!
Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures the progress of society in terms of “Gross National Happiness”.
You’ll experience the charm and magic of one of the world’s most secret countries with an amazing landscape.
Run through an evergreen prime forest, rural villages, pass amazing monasteries and immerse yourself in traditional Buddhist culture.
The 200K stage race will start 80km east of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and finish in the most spectacular monastery on earth, Taktshang Goemba (The Tiger’s Nest).
After six days the race finishes at the most spectacular and mystic monastery on earth, hanging in the cliffs at an altitude of 3000m with an outstanding view of the Paro valley, the Taktshang Goemba, also known as “The Tiger’s Nest”.
During the race week of six stages, you’ll stay in farmhouses more than a century old, tents and a monastery at 3500m. All competitors and organizers will stay in the same place and breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided.
Each runner has to carry her/his personal and mandatory racing equipment in one bag, which will be transported from camp to camp.
Race date: 5 May–2 June 2018
Race distances: 200K in 6 stages
Qualifier: WSER, UTMB (5 ITRA-points)
Entry fee: EUR 2.950
Race info: Bhutan the last secret
26 May 2018: ELTON ULTRA TRAIL, LAKE ELTON, RUSSIA
This loop race around the saltiest lake in Europe and across the semi-desert of Russia is more than just a race challenging athletes’ endurance; it’s a true fight with yourself. Elton is an Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) classified trail race that takes place under extreme climate conditions. The temperature averagely hits +40 degrees centigrade so consider your regular marathon being just a light warm up!
You can choose from a 42K master race, an 82K night race and an ultimate 100-mile ultra.
Location: Lake Elton, Russia, Europe
Race distance: 42K, 82K, 100 mile
Race info: #EltonUltraTrail
27 May-4 June 2018: UGANDA MARATHON
A week-long challenge, holiday & festival: adventure, running, volunteering and making a difference.
The Uganda International Marathon is a 7-day adventure in rural Uganda. Come and volunteer, meet the community, make life-long friends, camp under the African skies and run in the birthplace of running.
Support grassroots projects lead by local organizations and make a powerful impact on the community. Organise a sports day for local disadvantaged kids and run with Uganda in the biggest international race in East Africa.
You will stay in a beautiful woodland campsite overlooking stunning scenery with a bar, campfire and open-air mess hall. During the week you’ll party with the locals, eat the food, visit the community and experience African hospitality at its finest!
Distances to choose from are the full marathon, half marathon and 10K.
Race info: #UgandaMarathon
29 May 2018: TENZING-HILLARY EVEREST MARATHON, NEPAL
This spectacular mountain marathon commemorates the first successful ascent of Everest Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May, 1953, as a tribute to these heroes.
Starting from Everest Base Camp at 5,356m, the 42.2K/26.2mi trail passes through Everest National Park and Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar, the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche (one of the oldest in the area) and Thyangboche, up to Kalapatthar summit at 5545m/18200ft. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks.
Although the course is basically downhill, there are two steep uphill sections as well. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and experience on rough terrain is essential.
Participants will have to be in Nepal three weeks before the race to acclimatize to the high altitude. During these weeks you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour in the capital Kathmandu, a 14-day trek to the marathon starting point under medical supervision, and an ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m/18200ft) for the best views of Everest.
You can also join a Half Marathon or do a trek from the Base Camp in case you don’t run.
Race info: #EverestMarathon
May 2019: HEROES ULTRA, CRETE, GREECE (date to be confirmed)
A race in the footsteps of history:
During World War II a team of British Special Forces and Cretan fearless partisans kidnapped a German general to embarrass and resist the Nazis. After a stressful 100-mile adventure through the Cretan wilderness, the allies managed to ship the general to Cairo.The Germans took cruel revenge on the Cretan people but the German regime and pride had been impacted badly nevertheless.
The course of 154.2 km (96 mi) has a total elevation gain of 5,400m and will be clearly marked on race-day for both day and night navigation with eco-friendly paint.
The race starts from Vosakou Monastery in Mylopotamos and finishes the following day at 2 PM Peristeres Beach in Rodakino, which is the historical evacuation point for the Kreipe abduction party.
Heroes Ultra is an official qualifying race for Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2018, awarding a maximum 6 points.
Race info: #HeroesUltra
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