7-8 September 2018: SUPERIOR FALL TRAIL RACE
Held on the Superior Hiking Trail in the Sawtooth Mountains paralleling Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, not far from the Canadian border. Beautiful views of boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.
A rugged, rooty, rocky, 95% single-track trail with near constant climbs and descents.
The Superior 100 is known as one of the tougher 100-mile trail races: Rugged, Relentless and Remote. Probably not a good choice for your first trail or ultra race.
But besides the 100-miler, there’s a 50 miles and 26.2 miles race to choose from.
Registration via 15 day lottery registration period between January 1-15.
The lottery drawing will be held thereafter with accepted registrations processed and the resulting start list published within 10 days of lottery registration closing.
Location: Lutsen, Minnesota, USA
Race terrain: trail, mountain
Time Limit-distance: 38 hours-100MI / 16,5 hours-50MI / 14 hours-26.2MI
Elevation:~42,000 / 25,000 / 11,000 feet total elevation change
7-8 September 2018: ULTRATRAIL HARRICANA, CANADA
Discover Canada’s dense, raw nature and wildlife. Run into the eye of the wolf.
An authentic trail running experience in the heart of Quebec. A Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO.
Summits where the wind carries the scents of the St. Lawrence River and the boreal forest.
Location: At mont Grand-Fonds ski resort in La Malbaie, Québec, Canada
Race distances: 125k-65k-42k-28k-10k-5k
Race info: #harricana
7-8 September 2018: LOST SOUL ULTRA, ALBERTA, CANADA
The Lost Soul Ultra Marathon takes place the weekend following Labour Day in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The trail course runs through the river valley coulees on public and private land. In this event, 300 ultra-marathoners race against each other, the elements, and the unrelenting hills.
Less than 150 years ago, these valleys were the site of the last major First Nations battle on Canadian soil between the Blackfoot and Cree Confederacies.
One loop is 54 km with approximately 1,200m (3,600 feet) of elevation incline and the same decline. Most of the hills will be in the range of 150-250 feet in size and you will hit about 16 of those in one loop.
Lost Soul Ultra is the only Canadian qualifying 100km race for Western States 100.
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Time Limit-distance: 33hrs-100MI, 21hrs-100K,11hrs-50K
Race info: Lost Soul Ultra website
8 September 2018: MONT-AUX-SOURCES CHALLENGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
This prestigious 50km cross-country trail run takes place in the Royal Natal Park, part of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site – home to the endangered Bearded Vultures.
The Bearded Vulture once roamed freely from the Cape of Good Hope, along the eastern mountain spine of Africa, and into northwest Africa. Now it is thought that the only population left in the Southern Hemisphere, resides in our isolated and rugged Maluti-Drakensberg highlands.
50% of the entry fee is donated to the protection of the habitat of the now less than 100 Bearded Vulture pairs that are left.
the Old Mutual Wild Series Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge is a toughie, but it’s definitely worth the blood, sweat and tears, and will certainly be an experience of a lifetime.
Expect to run through some of our country’s most rugged and beautiful scenery. Your route will take you through the Mahai Valley and up towards the escarpment where you will have to tackle the chain ladders and then scramble down the Gully. This race is a spectacular adventure, and worth every ache you will suffer!
Race info: #montauxsources
16 September 2018: MARATHON DE LAS FLORES MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
Located in the middle of the Americas, Medellin is a Colombian city in the department of Antioquia in one of many valleys in the Andean Region. With a population of about 2.4 million inhabitants, it is the second most populated city in the country and the 11th city of the South American continent.
The Medellín Flowers Marathon is a pioneer of the great street races in Colombia, to promote street athletics in the country. The first marathon was held in the city of Medellín 22 years ago, when participants did only one-third marathon. Only a hundred spectators attended. The Medellin Marathon has evolved significantly since then. Today it counts on 15 thousand participants in four distances, for all levels.
Race distance: 42K, 21K, 10K, 5K
Race info: #Medellin
28-29 September 2018: SPARTATHLON, GREECE
Greek Historian Herodotus wrote that Pheidipides ran 246K in 1,5 day to deliver his message in Sparta.
Four English men followed the route description of Herodotus to find out or this was possible for a human being.
They indeed managed to finish within 36 hours.
The historical Spartathlon was born. It is called an Ultra Marathon, like any race with a distance beyond a Marathon (42.2K). Since 1983 this race takes yearly place in September and attracts Ultra Runners from all over the world.
“Running God” Yiannis Kouros ran the first Spartathlon (246K) from Athens to Sparta in 21h53’40” in 1983 and still holds the course record. Yiannis Kouros is the number one Ultra Marathon runner, who set more than 160 world records up to now. All of these records remain unbroken until today. When Yiannis was 51, he broke his own world record though, which he made 21 years earlier!
Described as the world’s most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (it often rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night. This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.
The race is very demanding, not only because of the distance, but also because of the six strict time cut-offs and weather conditions.
Participation applications for Spartathlon lottery will begin in January and finish in February. To apply you need to follow the criteria as summed up on their website.
Runners who have achieved a performance which is AT LEAST 20% better than one of the participation prerequisites, will be definitely accepted. For the rest of the runners, a balloting will take place in order to reach 390 participations. A WAITING LIST will also be formed to replace runners who can not finally participate.
Location: Athens-Sparta, Greece
Time Limit-Distance: 36 hrs-246K
Elevation change: 1200m+-
Race info: #Spartathlon
28-30 September 2018: THE SALOMON ULTRA PIRINEU, SPAIN
Held in the Spanish Pyrenees’ magnificent Cadí Moixeró Natural Park, the 110 km race is characterized by a colossal 6,800m vertical climb, linking eight mountain huts.
It combines high mountain passes with urban areas, easily accessible to spectators following the race. The setting is spectacular with breath-taking scenery and magical sunsets.
One thousand athletes will toe the start line in the small town of Bagà, where the race starts and finishes.
The Salomon Ultra Pirineu features as the Ultra finals of the Skunner® World Series.
Location: Bagà, Spain
Time Limit-Distance: 110K / 45K / 5K
Elevation change: 6,800m+ / 2,400m+ / 860m+
Race info: #Ultra Pirineu
30 September 2018: ATACAMA CROSSING, CHILE
The course of the Atacama Crossing takes competitors across a wide variety of terrains and includes approximately 1,683 meters (5,521 feet) of ascents and 2,508 meters (8,228 feet) of descents over the 7-day race.
Starting at just below 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) in the Arcoiris Valley, the race gradually descends over the six stages to finish in the pretty town of San Pedro de Atacama at an elevation of 2,400 meters (7,900 feet).
Competitors will tackle sand-dunes, river crossings, gravel, loose rocks, hard packed earth and even waist high grass during the event. This is in addition to the infamous salt flats that even the most dexterous of runners find nearly impossible to cross at full-speed.
The Atacama Crossing (Chile) is part of the 4 Deserts Series, named by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.
The Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2018 is the fourteenth edition of the event.
The Atacama Desert is the archeological jewel of Chile. The rainless plateau stretches 960 kilometers (600 miles) south from the border of Peru and its average width is less than 160 kilometers (100 miles) wide between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, and its center is recognized as the driest place on earth.
Location: Arcoiris Valley, Chile
Race terrain: mixed terrain
Race distance: 250K
Race info: #AtacamaCrossing
END OF 2018: IRAN MARATHON, IRAN (date to be confirmed)
In modern times the marathon has become a symbol of peace. Men from different nations run together in unity!
This new marathon is about much more than running. Runners and supporters from more than 50 countries will attend this race to discover the Persian culture, history and food. Together they will enjoy, eat, discuss and celebrate.
This first Iran marathon intends to open New Horizons and make a better future.
Iran’s barring of women from spectating and participating in sporting events has been a controversial topic, particularly in the recent case of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian law student who was jailed for attempting to watch a volleyball match. But in contrary to last year, women are allowed to participate in this second edition!
The race will be held in Tehran, the capital of Iran. All 1000 participants will finish at the colossal Azadi stadium which can host an impressive 90.000 people. The route is flat but high altitude (1100 m average). Distances you can choose from are the marathon (42.2K), half marathon (21.1K), 10K and 1K.
Finishers are honored at the palace of Darius the Great, the king who ruled the Persian empire at its peak.
Race info: #iruniran
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