9 November 2018: VOLCANO MARATHON, CHILE
The marathon will begin near the Tropic of Capricorn adjacent to Lascar Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Northern Chile.
At a start altitude of 4,475m (14,682 ft), the Volcano Marathon is the highest desert marathon in the world. The impact of thinner air will be felt, but the spectacular, panoramic views of up to 10 volcanoes will also leave you breathless.
The first half of the race takes place on dirt roads and rough terrain alongside a gorge. The finish line is located at an altitude of 3,603m (11,821 ft) where the temperature could be 25C+.
A few days acclimatization at San Pedro, which lies at 2,600m (7,900 ft) includes training runs and visits to the Salt Mountain Range, Valley of the Moon and Valley of Death, with surreal, lunar shapes, gigantic sand dunes and rocks that resemble the surface of Mars. It’s little surprise that NASA tests equipment here, when planning missions to the Red Planet.
Location: near Tropic of Capricorn, adjacent to Lascar Volcano, Chile, South America
Race terrain: Desert
Race distance: marathon (42.2K/26.2mi) – half marathon (21.1K/13.1mi)
Race info: #VolcanoMarathon
11 November 2018: ATHENS MARATHON, GREECE
The traditional story relates that Pheidippides (530 BC–490 BC) was sent to Sparta to request help when the Persians landed at Marathon, Greece. He ran about 240 km (150 mi) in 36 hours. He then ran the 40 km (25 mi) from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) with the word νικῶμεν (“We have won”), to then collapse and die, probably from exhaustion and dehydration and lack of fuel.
To honor Pheidippides, the Marathon was initiated. It was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921, with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles and 385 yards).
The Athens Marathon, which is held every year in November, still follows the route from Marathon to Athens, though not exactly the way Pheidippides ran it. The course includes 20 km of hills and even steep elevation.
Apart from the full marathon, there’s a 10 and 5 km distance to choose from.
Race info: #AthensMarathon
11 November 2018: BEIRUT MARATHON, LEBANON
The Beirut Marathon heads into its 15th year of bringing runners together from Lebanon and around the world for the greater purpose of peace and love.
It all began with a dream to build a running community and culture across Lebanon.
After surviving a near-fatal accident while running, May El Khalil began to actualize her dream: from her hospital bed she oversaw the emergence of the Beirut Marathon Association. Armed with determination, unwavering resolve, and the help of her family, friends, and a dedicated team of supporters, May succeeded in establishing one of the most successful running events in the region, the Beirut International Marathon.
The yearly event includes the Youth Race, Women’s Race, Half Marathon and Beirut International Marathon.
International Ambassador for the Beirut Marathon Association, Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh, spreads their message of togetherness, tolerance, and positivity.
Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh is a Jordanian marathon and half marathon runner who has represented Jordan in many national and international races. He hopes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He is a strong believer in the potential of sport to change individual behavior and transform wider conflicts, and he encourages young people in the Middle East to realize their own athletic potential and to begin positive change through sport.
He worked for the United Nations in New York and Generations For Peace, a Jordan-based international peacebuilding organization.
Race info: #BeirutMarathon #RunForPeace
16-19 November 2018: K42 SERIES ARGENTINA (date to be confirmed)
An extremely hilly course with 2192 meters of cumulative elevation gain, that’s going up and down the mountains all the time.
A challenging trail race on muddy tracks through forests, along Lake Nahuel Huapi, and crossing a glacial river.
“It’s a splendid race with breathtaking scenery that allows you to run at all times. At the panoramic points of Cerro Bayo I wanted to stop taking pictures … I’ll try to come and defend this title.” – Kilian Jornet
Location: Villa La Angostura, Villa la Angostura, Neuquén, Patagonia, South America
Race distance: 42K – 15K
Race terrain: Mountain
Race info: #EspírituK42
25 November-1 December 2018: GEDE PANGRANGO 100, WEST-JAVA, INDONESIAa
GP100 is a self-supported, community organized race, a great end of year challenge, with UTMB points to be earned.
One of the most challenging trail running races in Indonesia, summitting two mountains, Mount Gede 2958 m and Mount Pangrango 3019 m, with total elevation gain 2500 m per lap.
The 4th Edition presents a new 300KM category, which will break and test runners’ mental strength and will.
The race qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
300K (Elevation Gain: 30000m, cutoff time: 150 hours): 6 Itra points
100K (9670m D+ / 9670m D-, cutoff time: 40 hours): 5 Itra points
75K (7250m D+ / 7250m D-, cutoff time: 28 hours): 4 Itra points
50K (4840m D+ / 4840m D-, cutoff time: 18 hours): 4 Itra points
25K (2420m D+ / 2420m D-, cutoff time: 9 hours): 2 Itra points
Race info: Race info
25 November-5 December 2018: MARATHON DES SABLES, PERU
The event will take place in the Ica desert, 300 km south of Lima. Endurance lovers competing in this second edition will discover the most beautiful South American desert. They will move about in one of the world’s driest regions, with huge dunes and sandy plateaux perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Cordillera.
Of course, the organizers will export across the Atlantic the core values that have patiently laid the foundations of MARATHON DES SABLES: thirst for challenges and adventure; sharing with the largest number of people; safety of everyone; self-respect; and care for the environment. Organized with the full and active support of the Peruvian authorities, MDS PERU also aims to spotlight the beauty of this charming region.
Approximately 250 km divided into 6 stages, to be completed at free pace in self-sufficiency conditions in a desert environment, with the support of a quasi-professional organizing team.
Location: Ica desert, 300 km south of Lima, Peru
Race distance: 250K
Race terrain: desert
Race info: #MdSPeru
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