5-7 October 2018: GRINDSTONE 100, SWOOPE, VIRGINIA, USA
Grit, endurance, temporary loss of sanity. You might need all of these if you want to attempt Grindstone on October 5, 2018.
If you want to finish, well, just keep in mind this is, without a doubt, the hardest 100-miler east of the 100th meridian.
Grindstone is going to be an incredible adventure for each and every entrant. From the beautiful start/finish location at Camp Shenandoah to the monster climbs and the solitude of single track ridge running, you just can’t beat Grindstone… but you can try!
Grindstone is part of the Beast Series, an annual quest of six races that includes Holiday Lake 50K, Terrapin Mountain 50K, Promise Land 50K, Grindstone 100M, Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50M, and the Hellgate 100K. Each race will take you through some of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains.
Online entries for Grindstone open annually on April 1 at 7am.
Location: Swoope, Virginia, USA
Race date: 5 October 2018
Terrain: trail, mountain
Gain/loss: 23,200 / 23,200 ft
Qualifier: Hardrock 100
Time limit: 38 hrs
Entry limit: 300
Entry fee: $230 before June 1, $250 before July 1, $275 before August 1, $300 thereafter
Race info: Grindstone 100M, Beast Series
6 October 2018: CUYAMACA 100K ENDURANCE RUN, CALIFORNIA, USA
The majority of the Cuyamaca 100K course lies within the boundaries of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park approximately one hour east of San Diego, California, USA.
The course consists of three distinct loops, all of which start and end at Camp Cuyamaca off of Highway 79. Each loop covers a different set of trails with minimal backtracking and repetition.
The first and longest loop of 32.3 miles traverses the western side of the park from south to north and summits of the park’s high point, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6500′.
The second loop is 12.6 miles, and takes in the southeast corner of the park near Oakzanita Peak.
The final loop of 18.3 miles brings runners through northern section of the park, briefly leaves the park and enters Anza Borrego, and travels along the PCT overlooking spectacular desert views, before returning to Cuyamaca’s northern meadows and returning south to the finish.
A special San Diego Ultra Slam award for runners who complete four of San Diego’s mountain ultra races of 50K, 50 miles, 100K, and 100 miles.
Entry for the 2018 race will be by lottery. Registration opens April 1, 2018 at 6am PST.
All entrants must have run a verifiable 50K or longer trail race to qualify for the Cuyamaca 100K.
Location: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California, USA
Race date: 6 October 2018
Terrain: trail, mountain
Gain/loss: 8,800 ft
Qualifier: WSER (Western States Endurance Run)
Time limit: 19 hrs
Entry limit: 250
Entry fee: $175
Race info: Cuyamaca 100K, San Diego Ultra Slam
6-7 October 2018: MESASTILA PEAKS CHALLENGE, MAGELANG, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA
A unique and extreme trail running event that offers beautiful scenery in the heart of Java, with five race distances: 100K, 65K, 42K, 21K, 11K. The 2017 races were even more challenging.
A technical, tough and at times intimidating race with steep hills, unused tracks, overgrown jungle trails, small village roads, rice paddies, and bridges.
You’ll cross and climb five mountains: Mt. Andong 1726m, Mt. Merbabu 3145, Mt. Merapi 2930, Mt. Telomoyo 1894m and Mt. Gilipetung 1400m with a cumulative gain of up to 7758m, before finishing and relaxing in the Mesastila Resorts and Spa retreat of MesaStila.
Elevation gain: 7758Hm (100K), 4832Hm (65K), 2641Hm(42K).
Highest point: 2930m.
Participants need to provide details of a qualifying event name and time result record:
100K: Participants are required to have completed road or trail race with minimum distance of 50KM.
65K: Participants are required to have completed road or trail race with minimum distance of 42KM.
42K: Participants are required to have completed road or trail race with minimum distance of 21KM.
21K and 11K: No qualification is required, but runners are strongly advised to read more and educate themselves with the nature and challenges of trail running.
Mesastila Peaks Challenge is a Qualifying Race for the UTMB and the Asia Trail Master.
Race info: #MesaStilaPeaksChallenge
12 October 2018: OIL CREEK 100, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
The 9th annual loop race in the valley where the world’s first oil boom began.
In 1859 “Colonel” Edwin Drake drilled the first commercial oil well; the reason why John D Rockefeller amassed much of his fortune.
Starting from Oil Creek State Park, the trails traverse through Venango and Crawford Counties, as both have been key locations for major events through the years. Today you can see reminders of why the Oil Creek and Allegheny River valleys are referred to as ‘The Valley That Changed The World!’
The course is a mix of mostly trails and dirt roads and a bit of asphalt.
100 miles: 17,627′ elevation gain – 32 hour limit
100K: 11,026′ elevation gain – 31 hour limit
50K: 5,459′ elevation gain – 17 hour limit
Race info: #OilCreek100
12-14 October 2018: ŁEMKOWYNA ULTRA-TRAIL, POLAND
One of the wildest trail running competitions in Beskid Niski, Poland; 5 distances up to 150km.
Registration for the 2018 edition will be open from January 18th until September 6th or earlier if spots are filled up.
The race starts in Krynica-Zdrój, known as the „pearl among the Polish health-resorts” and one of the most important resort towns in Poland with its unique beauty of nature, complex culture and fascinating traditions that has been stealing
visitors’ hearts for over 220 years of its existence.
For ŁUT 150 you need to prove your UTMB points (at least 3 points obtained in no more than two races, 6 points according to new ITRA system) or mountain running experience.
Location: Krynica-Zdrój, Beskid Niski, Poland
Time Limit-Distance: 35hrs-150K / 22hrs-80K / 13hrs-70K / 8hrs-48K / 5hrs-30K
Elevation: +5860/-5970m / 4460+-m / 2520+-m / +1400/-1310m / +740/-735m
Race info: #LUT150
12-16 October 2018: MOAB 240 ENDURANCE RUN
Solo, non-stop 240-mile footrace in one huge single loop through two mountain ranges surrounded by Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Discover some of Utah’s most stunning and challenging terrain, including desert, canyons and slick rock.
The course with 29,467 ft of ascent and 29,467 feet of descent starts from Moab by the Colorado River through the Canyons section and south to the Abajo Mountains, then north to the La Sal Mountains to finish in Moab.
This is a very physically and mentally demanding non-stop multi-day event.
Runners often experience hallucinations and sleep deprivation. Extreme weather in the canyons (heat) and in the mountains (cold, snow, high winds) is normal. In a few cases, participants must go over 20 miles between full aid stations and carry important recommended gear and water.
Much of the terrain is rugged and remote. Participants will need to know how to navigate and read a map for safety reasons. The course will be marked with reflective ribbons and arrow signs and confidence markings the entire way. Although we mark the trails, runners may encounter sections with little to no markings due to natural causes, tampering, or differences in course marking styles.
There are very exposed sections, dangerous cliffs, rock fall, snakes, spiders, scorpions, wildlife, and other hazards throughout the route.
Runners must average 2.1 mph to make the aid station cut off, although some of the earlier aid stations (under 30 miles) will have closer to a 2.4 mph cut off.
Runners may have a pacer after mile 55. Pacers are optional but not necessary.
Just a well developed sense of adventure and a bit of craziness. No race requirements.
We do require 8 hrs of trail work between October 15, 2017 and October 1, 2018.
Registration for the 2018 Moab 240 closes October 1, 2018.
Location: Moab, Utah, USA
Race terrain: trail, mountain
Time Limit – distance: 112 hours, that’s 4 days and 16 hours – 238 miles
Elevation: 29,467ft gain/loss
17-24 October 2018: COME TO GALAPAGOS MARATHON
The fifth annual Come to Galapagos Marathon will be held as a private event for international runners, each of whom sponsors a local runner by paying for their entrance fee and optionally sending them running gear before or bringing it with them. The event will be open to international runners who also participate in the Come to Galapagos Marathon Tour Package, which includes an 11-day trip to enjoy the best of what the Galapagos got to offer.
Your bilingual Galapagos National Park guide will be available dawn to dusk for whatever you may need. He/she has a thorough knowledge of the geology, biology and history, as well as the experience of living on the Galapagos. Make the most of your time, whether it’s iguana watching, giant tortoise, sunset viewing, snorkeling or relaxing in a hammock and enjoy the local food.
Location: Galapagos Islands, South America
Race terrain: road
Race distance: marathon (42.2K/26.2 miles) – half marathon (21.1K/13.1 miles)
Race info: #ComeToGalapagos
20 October 2018: TURTLE AND THE LAMB, AUSTRALIA
A day and night adventure on an awesome trail through stunning scenery in Dinden National Park, Queensland.
With three events to choose from, there’s something for everyone, from those just starting out to hardened mountain runners. A fun moonlit run and camping experience.
The 19K course is sure to test those up for a challenge and love some climbs.
The 6K course is certainly achievable but has plenty of tough parts.
The 3K course is a gentle climb.
Race info: #TurtleAndTheLamb
18-21 October 2018: ENDURANCE TRAIL DES TEMPLIERS, FRANCE
The pioneering test for large french trails created in 1999, well before the wave of ultra trail.
100K rustic and wild with 4910 m+ elevation for lovers of “great” trail through the Causses.
The race will start at the foot of Black Causse, majestic in the sight of the full moon.
Soon you’ll be confronted with the technical challenges of the variety of these plateaux and valleys.
Beautiful forest tracks will lead you through deep gorges, small villages and medieval caussenards: Paulhe, Compeyre, Peyrelade, Mostuéjouls, Liaucous, Le Truel, La Roque Ste Marguerite, Pierrefiche.
A very varied course including The Sauveterre and Peak of Agudes, Eyglazines, the famous trail Balcony of Vertigo, the cliffs of Rajol, Roquesaltes, La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite and Riou Sec ravine.
You’ll enjoy a stunning final night by the Pompidou cliffs, overlooking the valley of Dourbie.
ENDURANCE TRAIL: 100K (63 miles) – elevation gain 4800 m+
GRAND TRAIL DES TEMPLIERS: 76 km (46 miles) – elevation gain 3000 m+
INTEGRALE DES CAUSSES: 62K – elevation gain 2800 m+
MARATHON DES CAUSSES: 38K – elevation gain 1600 m+
MONA LISA TRAIL: 28K – elevation gain 1000 m+
VO2 TRAIL: 19K – elevation gain 700 m+
LE TRAIL DU VIADUC: 18K – elevation gain 680 m+
LE TRAIL DES TROUBADOURS: 13K – elevation gain 450 m+
KD TRAIL: 9K – elevation gain 300 m+, for cadets and juniors
LA TEMPLIERE: 9K – elevation gain 300 m+, for women
UTMB/ITRA points: 100K-3 points, 62K-2 points.
Race info: #FestivalDesTempliers
18-21 October 2018: LA DIAGONALE DES FOUS, RÉUNION ISLAND, FRANCE
Reunion island, land of history with a population made of melting pot, will welcome you and take you all along this amazing adventure. The mountain crossings are classified by UNESCO. Emblematic paths follow natural sites with a stunning diversity, provoking amazement of runners at all times.
The beauty of the island is an asset, but the multicultural population is also the richness of this little rock in the middle of Indian Ocean. It is present from your arrival at the airport, and along the course to express generosity day and night. You will discover the amazing animation of districts and the solidarity during the race.
The Diagonale des Fous is one of the most emblematic trail running races in the world. It is a crazy challenge to cross the Reunion Island from South to North in a maximum time of 66 hours. The reputation of the event goes beyond the borders of the island. In 2018 the 26th edition will be held.
The 19th edition of Trail de Bourbon will welcome the most cautious runners for a first experience in the trail running world.
A race with many different landscapes that will give the will to extend the distance.
You’ll get near the famous Piton des Neiges at 3071m, summit of a volcano, and pass along the Salazie circus with lush vegetation.
Both races are part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.
There are two other races as well: The Mascareignes route and Zembrocal trail route (relay race).
Diagonale des Fous: 165K, 10.720 m+
Trail de Bourbon: 111K, 7.300 m+
The Mascareignes route: 65K, 3036 m+
Race info: #DiagonaleDesFous
18-28 OCTOBER 2018: KALAHARI AUGRABIES EXTREME MARATHON (KAEM), SOUTH-AFRICA
Run in the footsteps of the ancient Bushmen!
An adventurous multi-staged footrace for avid and first-time trail runners, that’s held annually in October in the breath-taking landscape of South Africa’s “Green Kalahari”.
During the 19th edition of this 7-day self-sufficient challenge you’ll cover an approximate total distance of 250km.
Known as the ‘Big Daddy’ in the South African running fraternity, KAEM is one of the oldest and most respected extreme marathons on the International Trail Running calendar.
The race takes place in the Kalahari Desert in the proximity of the Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The route traverses the Augrabies Falls National Park, Dabaras as well as private farmlands. This unique and contrasting environment with average day temperatures reaching in excess of 40°C and dropping to below 5°C at night presents a daunting challenge to the extreme athlete and determined adventurer alike.
The terrain varies from flat plains, fertile valleys, rocky mountainous outcrops and sandy desert.
Areas covered will include a wildlife sanctuary, private farmlands and cultivated vineyards.
The 250km is divided into 6 stages, ranging from 25km to 48km each day, with one exception of ca 75km.
Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event.
Participation is limited to 100 entrants.
Race info: #KAEM
11 April: GOLDEN GATE CHALLENGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
A 3-day track and trail run through some of the most rugged yet scenic mountains of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
The race will traverse through restricted parts of the reserve rarely seen by the public, like Little Serengeti, Cathedral Caves and many other hidden gems within the park. You will cover just over 70km in 3 days, staged out of a single base camp in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
You will pass by ancient rock paintings and relics of past civilizations. 50% of the race fees will be used for the survival of the Bearded Vulture population in the Drakensberg region.
Please do not judge the race by its distances, as it is a true challenge offering great rewards, but that means conquering big mountains and high altitudes.
You will be accommodated in your own tent in the race village. You can expect nice hot showers, clean ablutions and a great atmosphere. Full catering will be available for the duration of the Challenge. Your family and friends can also stay in the race village.
Bring out the adventurer in you!
Entries open on 11 April 2018 @10:00.
Location: Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State, South-Africa
Race date: 18-21 October 2018
Distance: 70K in 3 stages of 29K, 27K and 17K
Terrain: trail, jeep track, mountains
Entry limit: Full Package: 250, Runner’s Package ex accomodation: 100
Entry fee: Full Package: R3 800, Runner’s Package ex accomodation: R3 500 (incl 50% conservation donation)
Race info: Golden Gate Challenge
20 October 2018: THE BLACKALL 100, MAPLETON, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
The fourth edition of this well-organized event is challenging and spectacular.
The beautiful course is well marked and the cut-off times are generous.
The 100K race gives you amazing views of the Sunshine Coast to the east, as the sun rises over the beautiful sunshine coast beaches. You’ll pass rock pools, cross footbridges while enjoying the bird sounds of the rainforest, run through the bush in the dark and take in breathtaking views of the falls.
During the 50K race you’ll have stunning views of the Mary Valley and Gheerulla falls.
The Blackall 100 has been recognized for its toughness and technical trail, being awarded the Australian National Long Course Championships and also becoming a Western States Endurance Run qualifying race.
Location: Mapleton National Park
Race date: 20 October 2018
Distance: 100K, 50K
Terrain: trail, mountain
Gain/loss: 100K: 3310m/3290m, 50K: 1500m/1500m
Time limit: 100K: 28hrs, 50K: 25hrs
Entry fee: 100K: A$340, 50K: A$250
Race info: Blackall 100
20-21 October 2018: CAPPADOCIA ULTRA TRAIL, URGUP, TURKEY
An unforgettable trail experience where dreams blend with the reality in heavenly lands.
Fairy chimneys, rock churches and the patterns of the colorful frescos covering underground cities inspired the design and the idea of running in this unique region made this organization possible.
With its magical nature situated between the reality and dream, the synthesis of the cultural heritage of ancient civilizations, one of the most spectacular sports organizations of Cappadocia.
Explore the valleys and plateaux of Cappadocia region, listed as one of the Unesco World Heritage places.
The Salomon Cappadocia Ultra Trail is a running event with 114 km length and climbing of 3340m+.
Starting in the city center of Urgup, competitors need to carry the equipment helping them to run safely under natural conditions according to the semi-self sufficiency rule and they have to finish the race in 22 hours.
Salomon Cappadocia Ultra-Trail 110K: 114 km, 3340 m+
Salomon Cappadocia Trail 60K: 61 km, 1810 m+
Salomon Cappadocia Trail 30K: 35 km, 940 m+
UTMB/ITRA points: 100K-5 points, 61K-3 points, 35K-2 points.
The Salomon Cappadocia Ultra-Trail is part of the Ultra Trail World Tour and is also a qualifying race for the Western States Endurance Run.
Race info: #CappadociaUltraTrail
20 October 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL® DE MÉXICO 100K, Huasca de Ocampo, Mexico
A great challenge for experienced ultra-runners and for those who want to test their sense of adventure.
The course has everything from technical paths to fast roads with an elevation gain of 3,580m, all kinds of landscapes and some of the most emblematic places of Hidalgo (and Mexico).
It starts in the magic town of Huasca de Ocampo, heading for the area of Rancho Santa Elena and then to Peña del Aire, descending to the depths of the Barranca del Meztitlán.
The time limit is 20 hours and there are several cut-off times in between as well.
La Ultra-Trail® de México 100K gives 4 ITRA points for the Ultra-Trail del Mont Blanc and it also is a qualifying race for the Western States Endurance Run.
In order to participate, it is essential to have completed an ultra distance mountain race.
UTMX ULTRA LIGHT 50K gives a “taste” of what it feels to cross the barrier of 42,192 km. It is a demanding and technical mountain route with more than 70% of trails and trails. It is a premium tour that goes through some of the most spectacular sites in the region; Las Peñas Cuatas and Rancho Santa Elena.
It is a strong and challenging course. That is why to be able to participate, it is necessary to have completed at least a 30K mountain race between 2014 and 2017.
The time limit is 11 hours and there are several cut-off times in between as well.
By finishing the UTMX ULTRA LIGHT 50K you’ll earn 3 ITRA points for the Ultra-Trail del Mont Blanc.
UTMX FAST RUN 37K It shares the first 18 kilometers with the 50 and 100K routes going up to the base of the Peñas Cuatas and then descends along the mythical path of the Izatla River. A trail race full of magic and fun.
The time limit is 8 hours.
By completing the race you’ll earn 2 ITRA points for the Ultra-Trail del Mont Blanc.
UTMX 15K FUN RUN is for those who want to try their luck in the sport of mountain running or just have some fun on the trails. The race course begins in the magical town of Huasca de Ocampo and climbs to Cerro Gordo from where you’ll have a magnificent view of the whole area.
Race info: #UTMX #UltraTrailMexico
27-28 October 2018: JAVELINA JUNDRED
The 15th edition of the original costumed 100 mile trail run party and ultimate social event.
This popular loop race is held on a ~20 mile rolling single track trail course, that covers most of the beautiful Pemberton Trail. It’s a pretty flat trail in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, which was once home to the ancient Hohokam Indians.
The 100 miler is a Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Qualifier (2019 qualifier list will be announced Oct 1).
The 100 miler and the 100K are 2018 UTMB Qualifiers (4 Points).
Location: Four Peaks Staging Area at McDowell Mountain Regional Park north of Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA
Race distances: 100k-100 mi
Race info: #JavelinaJundred
27-28 October 2018: POLAR CIRCLE MARATHON, GREENLAND
The coolest experience of your life!
Run on the vast ice sheet and experience breathtaking polar landscapes in this challenging running event.
The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The endless ice and arctic tundra of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and the soundless, arctic desert. This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the most remote corners of the world, while daring to take part in an extremely challenging running event.
Part of the route takes place on the ice cap itself, but the main part of the course is run on the gravel road (often snow-covered) that connects the ice sheet with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle.
The race features a classic marathon and a half marathon. If you sign up for the Polar Bear Challenge and you can run them both. The time limit for the half marathon is 4 hours. The marathon time limit is 7 hours.
Runners still on the route after the time is up will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.
Location: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Race distances: marathon (42.2K/26,1mi) – half marathon (21.1K/13,1mi)
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