4-6 JANUARY 2018: S1 TRAIL LA CORSA DELLA BORA, ITALY
Enjoy unique panoramas of the magnificent Gulf of Trieste between Italy and the Slovenian highlands, in an alternation of fast terrain, steep ascents, fast descends reminding the Dolomites, and breathtaking views over a turquoise sea.
A tough path, rigid conditions, but full of surprises.
The 164K Ipertrail is about choosing the right strategy. The fastest and the most skillful wins. Not just the fastest.
Start whenever you want, decide your race strategy. The stopwatch starts with you.
Other Distances: 57K, 21K, 8K
Race info: #S1Trail
21-25 FEBRUARY 2018: TRANSGRANCANARIA, SPAIN
Transgrancanaria is an annual race on the island of Gran Canaria, since October 2003.
Participants must cross the island on foot, passing through several aid stations where they can replenish their water and food supplies, also giving the organization a chance to monitor the competitors’ progress.
Crossing the island on foot in less than 30 hours, participants can find rain, sun, mud, dust… but above all they will enjoy direct contact with nature. The course is the same for everyone and will be fully marked to avoid errors.
The Transgrancanaria has six different races, making it accessible for runners of all levels:
- 360º: distance: 265 km. elevation: +16.500 m. 101 hrs
- transgrancanaria: distance: 125 km. elevation: + 8.000 m. 30 hrs
- advanced: distance: 83 km. elevation:+ 4.300 m. 22 hrs
- marathon: distance: 44 km. elevation: + 1.200 m. 12 hrs
- starter: distance 32 km. elevation: + 750m. 10 hrs
- promo / family trans: distance 17 km. elevation: +- 300m. 6 hrs
The 360º is an individual, self-sufficient challenge of high difficulty.
From the starter level and up are qualifying races for the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB).
Race info: #TransGranCanaria
1 APRIL 2018: ALEXANDER THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, GREECE
This race in Thessaloniki connects the past with the present, crossing within 42 km over 2.500 years of Macedonian history and Hellenism. Run from past to present and discover Alexander’s the Great Heritage while passing remains of the Royal Palaces, tombs and golden treasures.
The International Marathon “ALEXANDER THE GREAT” refers to the route Pella-Thessaloniki.
Pella is the ancient capital of Macedonia and the birthplace of the great Commander, whereas Thessaloniki is the modern Hellenic metropolis of Macedonia and the second largest city of Greece. It was founded in 316 BC and named after the sister of Alexander the Great.
The International Marathon is a member of the International Marathons Association (AIMS) and has the Bronze IAAF Marathon road race label. Apart from the full Marathon distance, you can join a 5K and 10K race.
Race info: #ATGMarathon
6-8 April 2018: 100 MILES OF ISTRIA
Explore the beautiful diversity of Croatia with unspoiled nature, a long and rich history and culture and a mild Mediterranean climate.
100 Miles of Istria is the biggest Croatian trail race that covers the entire peninsula.
It started in 2013 with only 237 competitors and has now evolved into one of the most important trail running events in the region.
A growing event with a truly personal touch, thanks to the dedicated organization and over 400 volunteers.
It’s a great experience for the +1300 participants of all levels, coming from 52 countries all over the world.
Since 2016, 100 Miles of Istria is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, which is a collection of the greatest ultra-trail races around the globe.
Istria 100 is an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) and Western States 100 (WSER) qualifying race.
Location: Umag, Croatia, Europe
Race distances: 100M, 110K, 67K and 41K
Race info: #Istria100
20-22 APRIL 2018: TEC 100MILES RUN, SWEDEN
The TEC 100MILES race is one of The 5 Continents Grand Slam 100 miles races and one the 4 Swedish 100 miles Grand Slam races.
It’s a qualifying race for the Western States Endurance Run and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB). Besides a 100 mile race you can join a 50 miles race, both a day and a night, 100 miles, 200 miles and a relay of 50 or 100 miles.
The beautiful race track takes place on mostly gravel and some kilometers with single track in the forest, with some asphalt as well. One lap is 11.5km so you will run 7, 14 or 28 depending on your choice of distance!
Race info: #tec2018
28 APRIL 2018: ULTRA MILANO-SANREMO 175-mile, ITALY
Europe’s longest point-to-point road ultramarathon is beautiful from the first 75 miles, winding through the Italian countryside and authentic farming towns, to the “mountain,” a 25-mile journey up and down the “Passo del Turchino,” to the absolutely stunning final 75 miles hugging the Italian Riviera.
While the temperatures are typically moderate (50s and 60s), and the terrain is basically flat (considering the distance), it’s a huge challenge to run 175 miles nonstop, within two days.It’s not the right race for people who’re quite new to ultrarunning.
Race info: #ultramilanosanremo
28 APRIL 2018: MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA-TRAIL (MIUT) 115K, PORTUGAL
An exciting challenge across the island from sea-to-sea, with an ascent to the highest peaks of the island (Ruivo and Areeiro) with long and stressful climbs and stairs, but also stunning views of the valleys, crests, plateaus, rivers, and sea.
The 7th edition (2015) reached the record number of 1329 participants from 36 countries, and raised the sporting level of the event, integrating the restricted UTWT Ultra Trail World Tour circuit, with the status of “future race”.
Besides the Madeira Island Ultra-Trail (MIUT) of 115 km, races with shorter distances of 85 km, 43 km or 16 km can be chosen.
Race info: #MIUT
28-29 April 2018: THE ABBOTS WAY ULTRATRAIL, ITALY
This 125K mountain race from Bobbio to Pontremoli follows an ancient route in northern Italy, called Via degli Abati.
This route was used by Irish pilgrims who visited the abbey of Saint Colombano in Bobbio and passed several monasteries on their way to Rome.
Location: Bobbio, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Race date: 28-29 April 2018
Terrain: trail, mountain
Qualifier: WSER, UTMB (5 ITRA-points)
Time limit: 32hrs
Entry fee: One Stop: EUR 130, Express Team (relay of 2 or 4 people) EUR 160
Race info: The Abbots Way Ultratrail
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 4,350 meters of positive cumulative gain and 4,057 meters of negative cumulative gain.
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.
Transvulcanica has been part of the Skyrunner World Series since 2012 and opens the yearly season of The International Skyrunning Federation (ISF).
Transvulcania is also included in the Skyrunner National Series
Race info: #Transvulcania
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.
Race info: #EltonUltraTrail
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
16 JUNE 2018: MOZART 100® SALZBURG RUNNING FESTIVAL, AUSTRIA
The city of Salzburg, UNESCO world heritage site and the breathtaking region of the SalzburgerLand, are the stage for Austria’s most famous ultra scenic run.
The 102,5k course takes the participants from the city center in front of the Cathedral along the trail of Sound of Music through one of the most magnificent regions of Austria with its beautiful forests, meadows, hills, rivers to lake Fuschlsee and back.
The race has a total elevation of 2.525m.
Runners and accompanying supporters who do not wish to cover the full distance, can choose from three alternative events over 56K, 25K and 11,5K.
21-23 JUNE 2018: LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL, CORTINA D’AMPEVENETO, ITALY
The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail in the heart of the Italian Dolomites is an incredible 119K race on June 22nd, with 5.850m elevation gain and 30 hours limit.
It’s part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, THE international circuit for ultra trail running races, and a qualifier for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB: 4 points / 5 new points).
The scenic mountain trails of the Dolomites make it an unforgettable experience.
The Lavaredo Ultra Trail is combined with two other UTMB qualifying races as well:
the 19.6K Cortina Skyrace on June 21st with 1000m elevation (UTMB 1 point / 3 new points) and the 47k Cortina Trail race on June 23th with 2650m elevation (UTMB: 1 point / 3 new points).
Together with workshops and the presentation of new gear, it’s three-day running festival for runners of all kinds of levels.
Race info: #lut2018 #cortina #Lavaredo
27 AUGUST-2 SEPTEMBER 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, and follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland.
This challenging race with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy.
Ca 2300 people will be sharing the dream that they’ve been preparing for during many months. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with Aiguille de Bionnassay and crossing Col du Bonhomme by moonlight. At sunrise, you will cross Col de la Seigne into Italy and the magical Val Veni overlooked by Noire du Peuterey and the glaciers descending Mont Blanc. Later you will reach the Val Ferret, guarded by Dent du Géant and Grandes Jorasses before finally turning into Switzerland to relish the beautifully protected countryside.
You will have to deal with fatigue and overcome your fears and anxieties. Some participants, having pushed their limits to the extreme, will choose to break off the race keeping intact their hopes to make it from beginning to end at some later date. They will be rewarded for their achievement and their names will be added to the list with everyone else at the end of the race.
The others will climb over Bovine and Les Tseppes. Then, with Aiguille Verte in front of them, under the vertical heights of the Drus and with majestic presence of Mont Blanc before them, they will dive down towards the finishing line in the heart of Chamonix.
Because of the success of the event, registration for the UTMB races is governed by two principles: a points system, for runners who have previously completed qualifying races, and a draw.
This system ensures that the runners have the experience necessary to participate in one of the UTMB races, and it manages the number of participants so that the races take place in good conditions (quality, safety and with respect for the environment).
The organization offers 4 individual races (UTMB®, CCC®, TDS®, OCC) and an adventure in teams (PTL®) meaning welcoming almost 8000 participants coming from 87 different countries:
UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (166 km +9,600 m)
CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)
TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (119 km +7,250 m)
OCC: Orsières – Champex – Chamonix (53 km +3,300 m)
PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +28,000 m)
Date: August 27-September 2, 2018
Location: Le Mont Blanc, Les Alps, France
Race distance: 53K, 101K, 119K, 166K,300K
Race info: #UTMB
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.
Race info: #Spartathlon
12-14 OCTOBER 2018: ŁEMKOWYNA ULTRA-TRAIL
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.
Where: Krynica-Zdrój, Beskid Niski, Poland
When: 12-14 October 2018
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
19-21 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 UTMB, 62K-2 points UTMB
Race info: #FestivalDesTempliers
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
7 DECEMBER 2018: WICKLOW WAY, WICKLOW, IRELAND
You can enjoy the stunning views of the Garden Of Ireland along this scenic route.
A challenging course with short stretches of cross-country and rugged trails, and steep sustained climbs that will force all participants to speed-hike or walk. You are rewarded with a downhill finish overlooking Dublin City.
All the terrain needed for a great trail race: plateaus, very fast flat, fast technical trail, fun fast downhill and a scenic uphill.
Mud, Big Rocks, Little Rocks, Some Dirt with Rocks, Rocks with Dirt, Gravel with Rocks, Rocks with little Rocks, a few Tree Roots, Rivers, Boulders, Tunnels of Ferns, Heather and some Grassy Trail sections.
You will have the exquisite challenge of climbing the peaks across some of the most spectacular scenery Ireland has to offer.
The Wicklow Way (WW) 50 Mile can also be run as a WW50 relay, where 2 runners each cover 25 miles. Each relay-team is self-sufficient. One team member drives and the other runs.
Th WW100 is an Out & Back version of the WW 50 Mile.
Runners must finish within the 36-hour time limit and there are strict cut-offs at every aid station on the route.
Wicklow Way is limited to 100 entrants. Places are open on a first come, first served basis.
In order to enter the event, you must have completed at least a 50-mile distance race for the 100 Mile and a 50k for the 50 Mile between 1st January 2014 and race day.
Wicklow Way 100 (5490m D+ / 5480m D-) qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 6 Itra points.
Wicklow Way 50 (3230m D+ / 3330m D-) qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 4 Itra points.
Race info: #RawUltra
1-3 DECEMBER 2018: ULTRA IBIZA – 3 DÍAS TRAIL IBIZA, ISLAS BALEARES, SPAIN
(date to be confirmed)
To respect the environment and let you enjoy Ibiza Island, its mountains, the diversity of the landscape, and last but not least, your relations with other participants, the 5th edition of 3 Días Trail Ibiza – Ultra Ibiza is limited to 500 participants.
Ultra Ibiza 85K is the most grueling race for the bravest athletes.
It starts in Sant Antoni and finishes in Ibiza city, summits the most representative peaks of the island (Sa Capelleta, Sa Talaia, Puig d’en Serra, Serra Grossa…) and runs through beaches, raw nature and the best views of the islet of Es Vedrá. From the summit of Sa Talaia you can enjoy an almost complete view of the island. The course stretches alongside the heavenly beaches of Cala Tarida and Cala Comte boasting crystal-clear water and of course, a spectacular sunset awaits.
Ultra Ibiza is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019.
If you become a finisher of the ULTRA IBIZA run (81.7K; 3080m D+ / 3000m D-) you’ll get 4 ITRA points.
You will also get 4 ITRA points if you complete 72.4km (2540m D+ / 2640m D-) in 3 stages by finishing all 3-day races of 10K night trail, 46K, 10K.
You will get 5 ITRA points if you complete 106.9K (3010m D+ / 2980m D-), in 3 stages by finishing all 3-day races of 10K night trail, 85K, 10K.
Race info: #TrailIbiza
1 DECEMBER 2018: LA SAINTÉLYON, LOIRE, FRANCE
(date to be confirmed)
With more than 63 editions, the Saintélyon is a monument in the history of running in France. In 2016 17.000 people took part.
The mythical night raid between Saint-Etienne and Lyon, Dean of ultra racing has become a real phenomenon and the biggest race nature of the hexagon in terms of participants.
Trail and road race at the same time, (40% of trails and 60% of roads), endurance race par excellence with the adventure, the Saintélyon is the end-of-season cult meeting and literally appeals to all those who participate, solo or relay.
Running at night, in the heart of an immense frontal ballet on the ridges of the Lyonnais mountains is always, whatever the weather conditions, synonymous with magic.
The various distances to choose from are 72K, 44K, 22K and 12K.
The 72K race (1930m D+ / 2250m D-) qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 4 Itra points.
The 44K race (1100m D+ / 1620m D-) qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 2 Itra points.
Race info: #Saintelyon
1 DECEMBER 2018: MARATON LEŚNIK ZIMA, SLASKIE, POLAND
(date to be confirmed)
This race is the winter edition of a unique cycle of 4 mountain marathons in the Beskidy Mountains, one race in every season of the year. Four routes in four beautiful locations on a similar distance but with a different character and level of difficulty.
A distance of over 50 km and an altitude of almost 3,500 m will allow you to end the season with the overpower and check yourself in difficult winter conditions by traversing among others Skunk, Malinska Rock and Sharp.
On each route will be waiting for you nutritional points, a regenerative meal at the finish line and a unique, commemorative medal, which is also one of the four parts of the medal for the entire cycle. In addition to the normal classification for each of the events, we will also classify separately on the basis of the total time from all four runs – so you can fight to the end.
MARATON LEŚNIK ZIM is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
NADLEŚNIK: 68.3km (4440m D+ / 4430m D-): 4 Itrapoints
MARATHON: 41.8km (2880m D+ / 2870m D-): 3 Itrapoints
POŁMARATON: 26.7km (2080m D+ / 2080m D-): 2 Itrapoints
Race info: #MarathonGorski
1 DECEMBER 2018: COASTAL TRAIL SERIES DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM
(date to be confirmed)
Given World Heritage status in 2001, The Jurassic Coast Path through Dorset is quite simply unique. This is the only location on the planet where in a few short hours of trail running you will travel through a few million years of earth time; all with the ocean as a glorious backdrop. Oh yes, and those years are represented in hills…
Come and join this tough trail runner’s paradise.
Distances to choose from: Ultra plus, Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K.
Coastal Trail Series Dorset is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019;
ULTRA PLUS 73.8K (2700m D+ / 2700m D-): 4 Itra points
ULTRA 53.6K (1990m D+ / 1990m D-): 3 Itra points
Race info: Coastal Trail Series Dorset
1 DECEMBER 2018: EPIC TRAIL RUN AZORES, AZORES, PORTUGAL
(date to be confirmed)
The Azores islands are considered to be one of the great secrets kept on earth. Their location, which for a long time made them not easy to reach, not calling many attentions, was also responsible for keeping this piece of the Atlantic unexplored.
The Archipelago of the Azores was selected as the second best islands in the world for Sustainable Tourism by National Geographic Traveller. The Azores are indeed the perfect destination for someone who wants a lifetime experience surrounded by living elements – unexplored nature.
EPIC Trail Run Azores is a trail race that takes place on the biggest island of the archipelago: São Miguel, with 64,7 km in length, 8 to 15 km width, and 140.000 inhabitants. The altimetric profile is shaped by the three main mountain ranges: Tronqueira Mountain; Fogo Lake, Sete Cidades Lake – East/West direction, separated by a low platform named Picos area.
The race will begin in Sete Cidades lake shore, one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, which is the largest lake with fresh water in the whole archipelago and therefore a scenery of real beauty.
Another highlight of the event is the passage through Água de Pau mountain range, in the volcanic, classified as a regional natural reservation since 1974. The highest height is Barrosa Peak, with 974m maximum height, where runners will be able to appreciate astonishing views over Fogo Lake, with Ribeira Quente village on its north and Vila Franca do Campo islet on its south.
The finish line is at Caldeiras das Furnas near the Furnas lake, the perfect place to be familiar with abundant volcanic hot springs that heat the soil where holes are dug to cook the famous and typical “cozido” dish. The race contemplates the pathways over this geothermal phenomenon.
The race can be run solo (100K, 40K, 15K) or in a duo-relay (2x50K).
EPIC TRAIL RUN AZORES is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
EPIC 100: 704.6K (3980m D+ / 3930m D-): 5 Itra points
EPIC50X2 – RELAY 1: 57.4K (1840m D+ / 1950m D-): 3 Itra points
EPIC50X2 – RELAY 2: 49.7K (2340m D+ / 2280m D-): 3 Itra points
EPIC OPEN 40.7K (1780m D+ / 1600m D-): 2 Itra points
Race info: #EpicTrailRunAzores
1-2 DECEMBER 2018: UCAM FALCOTRAIL HG, MURCIA, SPAIN
(date to be confirmed)
A network of beautiful paths through vineyards and wineries, and hard technical climbs in spectacular nature makes it the marathon of mountains which brings together ca 1000 participants each year. Cut-off
The 100K is a unique opportunity to enjoy the majestic forest heritage of the municipality of Cehegin in an epic adventure that is only suitable for the most demanding sportsmen who want to be tested. You’ll need to give proof of experience and medical health to be accepted as a participant.
The 18K promo is a challenge created for all fans and lovers of this sport who do not dare to make the leap to Marathon Falcotrail or the new Falcotrail Ultra. It is a very beautiful route with views of the city of Cehegín, that will be liked by both young and old. The maximum time to complete the challenge is 5 hours.
Falcotrail 2017 was part of the Spain Ultra Cup and is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.
Ultra 100K: (102.6km / 5180m D+ / 5180m D-), cut-off time: 21 hours, qualifies for 5 Itra points.
Marathon 45K: (45.8km / 3260m D+ / 3260m D-), cut-off time: 11 hours, qualifies for 3 Itra points.
Promo 18K (18.2km / 870m D+ / 870m D-), cut-off time: 5 hours, qualifies for 1 Itra point.
Race info: #FalcoTrail
2 DECEMBER 2018: TRAIL DEI NEBRODI, SICILIA, ITALY
(date to be confirmed)
The longest race of the Circuit of the Trail in Sicily of 66K that will give you unforgettable moments.
You’ll see the sun rise from behind the Etna. A trip through mud and snow which will run along Lake Biviere and Lake Maulazzo, both over 1,300 meters of altitude, will also touch the highest peak of the largest park in Sicily reaching 1.850 meters of Monte Soro.
Many rivers to cross in the uncontaminated nature of the oak, beech and beech woods, accompanied by the flight of buzzards and griffins, and the inevitable black pig of the Nebrodi.
Immediately after the arrival the effort will be forgotten and will remain only the memory of a journey in a unique and wonderful environment.
The 65.5K trail race (2700m D+ / 2700m D-) qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 4 Itra points.
There will also be the opportunity to participate in the 20 km Trail of Mazzaporro and the Walktrail on the same distance.
Your companion can enjoy guided tours to discover the treasures of Cesarò and Nebrodi.
Race info: EcoTrailSicilia
2 DECEMBER 2018: HIVERNALE DES TEMPLIERS, AVEYRON, FRANCE
(date to be confirmed)
This Winter Trail is the little sister of the Templar Festival.
In the land of Roquefort, an authentic terroir, in the land of the Templars, an area rich in history, that of agro pastoralism.
Much more than a trail, a real dive in these great Grands Causses to experience a winter adventure, mineral and gourmet. A great first not to be missed, a homecoming, a Trail’Origin spirit.
For the second edition, 5 races can be run:
ASTRAGALE TRAIL 62K from medieval town of Couvertoirade, cross the entirety of the South Larzac, with beautiful ascents and descents and technical sections, to the finish in the cheese city Roquefort.
MARATHON DE L’ORCHIS 35K, ADONIS TRAIL 24K and Carline Trail bypass beautiful cliffs, cross through medieval villages, dive into valleys, include technical rises, crossing bridges, reaching plateaus with passages to rocks and chaos.
THE ROQUEFORT ILLUMINES 7K night race, open to all, runners as hikers and walkers. Each person at his own pace!
It is an accessible route mid-urban through the alleys and the multiple staircases of Roquefort (an urban trail side !!!) and mid-countryside along the small stream of Soulzon. When you walk at night through this narrow path in this valley bottom, it is already a scent of adventure that envelops this escapade to the front which ends with a good hot soup offered to all.
The 61.6K ASTRAGALE TRAIL (1980m D+ / 2140m D-) and 39.8K MARATHON DE L’ORCHIS (1970m D+ / 1980m D-) qualify for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 3 and 2 Itra points.
Race info: Hivernale des Templiers
8 December 2018: FRIBOURG BY NIGHT TRAIL (FBNT), Fribourg, Switzerland
(date to be confirmed)
Night trail around and in the old town of Freiburg. An authentic, wild and technical single 30K course, 70% on paths and singles, 30% on roads, in and around the city of Fribourg, including the Pérolles lake, Glâne bridge, Marly bridge, Gottéron valley. An immersion in the atmosphere of Christmas lights in a city full of charm.
A qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
31,5K race (1170m D+ / 1170m D-), cut-off time 4.5hrs: 2 Itra points
Race info: Fribourg by Night Trail
8 DECEMBER 2018: AMALFI POSITANO WINE TRAIL, CAMPANIA, ITALY
(date to be confirmed)
First edition of this trail run, which crosses the upper part of the Amalfi Coast-Positano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as“The coast that sees and is not seen.”
It is a coast above all mountains, that hides fabulous hiking trails that offer a different holiday with scenery and unforgettable views.
You’ll run on paths, mule tracks and stairways, along through luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation and rocks, through oak and chestnut woods.
The Amalfi Positano Wine Trail is a 43.3K race (2720m D+ / 2720m D-) in 2 stages, that qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 2 ITRA points.
Race info: Amalfi Positano Wine Trail
8 December 2018: Tjörnarparen 50 & 100k trail ultra, Tjörnarp, Sweden
(date to be confirmed)
Tjörnarparen is a hilltop in the wonderfully beautiful mid-moon forests. You’ll run over volcanoes, on shackles, on muddy single track trails, dirt roads, small technical paths and unpaved, well-cut terrain.
This small race with ca 300 participants has two ultra-distances to choose from, 50K or 100K.
The 50k runners run the course from A to B and the 100k runners make two turns. The start and finish are in Tjörnarp.
A new opportunity this year is a 50K with variable dusk start. A really exciting challenge!
Tjörnarparen is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
100K: 102.8km / 1460m D+ / 1470m D-: 4 Itra points
50K: 51.1km / 700m D+ / 710m D-: 2 Itra points.
Race info: #Tjornarparen
8December 2018: TRAILS DU TOUR DU CANTON, BEUZEVILLE-LA-GRENIER, FRANCE
(date to be confirmed)
11th edition of the Trails du Tour du Canton offers a 82K, 44K, 24K race to run individually or to run and bike together from start to finish.
Nordic walk and Walk (> 6 km/h) are allowed only on the 24 km race
The race qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019:
The 82K individual race (81.8km / 1760m D+ / 1760m D-, cut-off time 14hrs) gives you 4 Itra points.
The 44K individual race (43.9km / 820m D+ / 820m D-) gives you 2 Itra points.
8 December 2018: MARATO DE MUNTANYA L’ARDENYA, SANTA CRISTINA D’ARO, SPAIN
Discover the Spanish region Catalonia and enjoy the mild winter. A race that starts in the traditional small town of Santa Cristina in the Aro valley, to the coastline of the Costa Brava.
The Ardenya Mountain Marathon is the toughest test of the event and has a route only suitable for the boldest. This is an ultra-resistant race that goes through a circuit with a length of 63K.
You will not only climb and run downhill, but also run through beach sand along the coast of two of the most beautiful coves in the area.
The race qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019.
You can choose any of the following 4 distances:
63K: (63.4km / 2820m D+ / 2800m D-, cut-off time 12hrs) gives you 4 Itra points.
42K: (63.4km / 2820m D+ / 2800m D-, cut-off time 8hrs) gives you 3 Itra points.
21K: (63.4km / 2820m D+ / 2800m D-, cut-off time 4hrs) gives you 1 Itra point.
10K: cut-off time 2hrs.
Race info: #Matxacuca
December 2018: ULTRA MARATON COSTA DE ALMERIA, AGUAMARGA, SPAIN
(date to be confirmed)
During this ultra-endurance race along the Andalusian coast of Almeria, you’ll cross a landscape immortalized in several classic movies.
Films like “Lawrence of Arabia” or “Patton”, blockbuster hits like “Indiana Jones and the last crusade”, “Connan” or “Baron of Munchausen” and Spanish films like “Vivir no es Fácil con los Ojos Cerados” and “El Niño”. A wide variety of views and landscapes together in one event, the perfect setting to discover legendary filming locations and practice sport and photography.
The race starts in Aguamarga (Níjar), traverses Parque Natural Cabo de Gata and finishes in Toyo-Retamar.
Ultra-marathon: 83.8K / 2030m D+ / 2020m D-, time cut-off 22 hrs) is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 4 Itra points.
Marathon: 43,7K (763m D+ / 760m D-, time cut-off 7 hrs) is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 2 Itra points.
Trail 31,9K : (330m D+ / 320m D-, time cut-off 4 hrs) is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 1 Itra point.
Race info: Ultra Maraton Costa De Almeria
8 DECEMBER 2018: TRAIL ABRANTES 100, ABRANTES, PORTUGAL
(date to be confirmed)
A beautiful course in the heart of nature, following the Great Zêzere Route and the Tagus Paths, crossing all kinds of terrain and even rivers, during night and day.
The 100K race distance (2180m D+ / 2180m D-) can be covered solo, as a duo really, or as a 4-person relay team. It has a cut-off time of 12 hours.
All athletes who finish the Abrantes 100 Trail qualify for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 4 Itra points.
The Abrantes Trail 100/2 and Abrantes 100/4 can be completed in three different ways: Male Escorts, Female Escorts and Mixed Escorts.
Race info: #TrailAlbrantes100
8 DECEMBER 2018: VIII CARRERA X MONTAÑA SIERRA DE CHIVA, VALENCIA, SPAIN
The Sierra de Chiva is the largest Municipal Natural Park in Valencia, with mountainous rugged terrain and ravines.
The three courses have a variety of asphalt, paved roads and paths:
Master 61K 3.000mD+, cut-off time 12 hrs. Max 300 spots available.
Trail 35K: 1.450mD+, cut-off time 6 hrs. Max 300 spots available.
MiniTrail 13K: 450mD+, cut-off time 2.30 hrs. Max 200 spots available.
All athletes who finish the Master 61K qualify for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 4 Itra points.
Race info: #CarreraSierraDeChiva
9 DECEMBER 2018: WINTER TRAIL DEL SENIO, PALAZZUOLO SUL SENIO, ITALY
(date to be confirmed)
Nestled in the green heart of Alto Mugello in Tuscany, at 437 meters above sea level, the medieval village of Palazzuolo sul Senio is an oasis of relaxation in which to rediscover the balance between body and spirit.
Awarded the title “Ideal Village of Italy” by Airone magazine and CEE, Palazzuolo sul Senio is the ideal place for lovers of trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding and motorbike tourism, thanks to its crossroads of Apennine passes between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. It is a territory that offers itineraries of emotion in contact with nature, ancient traditions and a cuisine of excellence.
The course has some technical sections, paved roads, dirt roads, and rocky single tracks. You’ll run along the ruins of the Ubaldini castle and through forests.
The maximum time to finish the race is set at 3 hours and 30 minutes.
The race of 18.7K (790m D+ / 790m D-) qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 1 Itra point.
Race info: WinterTrailDelSenio
9 DECEMBER 2018: ULTRABERICUS WINTER, TORRI DI ARCUGNANO, ITALYy
(date to be confirmed)
This new winter track, with departure and arrival in Torri di Arcugnano (Vi), partially retraces some of the paths of the classic Ulberbericus, to touch the seven bell towers of the seven villages of Arcugnano.
Discover the trails, mule tracks and hilly territory of the municipality of Arcugnano in Veneto.
There are 2 race distances:
Ultrabericus Winter Integrale 34K 1400 D+, time cut-off 6 hrs
Ultrabericus Winter Speed 17K 600 D+
The 34K race qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019 with 2 Itra points.
Race info: #UltrabericusWinter
9 DECEMBER 2018: TRAIL “A LA CONQUÊTE DE SUPER BESSE“, PUY DE DÔME, FRANCE
(date to be confirmed)
Discover the valleys between Besse and Super Besse during this Winter Trail.
Whether you are experienced trail runners, novices or hikers, one of our courses is for you. Online routes (place of departure and arrival different) with a common goal, to conquer Super Besse.
3 courses, 3 challenges:
25K – 1000 D+
15K – 600 D+
9K – 350 D+
Discover a multitude of sectors, types of paths and landscapes.
Technical single tracks through the wild valleys of the Couze Pavin and Vaucoux, beautiful panorama’s of Sancy, Cézallier and the majestic Pavin Lake, and an ascent of Puy de Montchal, where the best prepared will make the difference.
The 25K demanding course will end up guiding you to Super Besse by the mythical Way of the Cross of Vassivière.
The 15K and 9K route are a bit more accessible and are allowed to be hiked.
The 25K race qualifies for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) with 1 Itra point.
Race info: #SuperBesse
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