Explore and travel South-America on your feet.
Beautiful roads, trails, mountains, deserts and jungle to discover.
Remarkable and adventurous races to run in South-America!
OSDE TANDILIA CROSSING, MULTIDAY RACE, LAGO DEL FUERTE, ARGENTINA
An exciting trail adventure across different rural paths and hills.
OSDE Tandilia Crossing is a 14hrs competition divided in two days or two stages: Saturday and Sunday.
This race can be done alone or in teams. Competitors will classify according to their times in both stages, which will be timed by a chip system.
Teams: if there are two members, both of them will have to run together.
It’s not a relay race; both will have to complete the total course.
Date: January 7+8, 2018
Location: Start & finish: Lago del Fuerte, Tandil, Argentina
Race terrain: trail
Race distances: 60k – 42k – 21k (equally divided over 2 days), 10k
Race info: #CruceTandilia
The Brazil 135 is held in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains (a sub-range of the Andes Cordillera) in the state of Minas Gerais. This lush mountain range separates Rio de Janeiro from Minas Gerais state and is one of few remaining areas with the extensive Mata Atlantica ( Atlantic Coastal Rainforest) in southeastern Brazil. It is dotted with pretty little towns and national and state parks.
Considered the most difficult foot race in Brazil, it is run on the hardest, most challenging segment of the Caminho da Fé (Path of Faith or Way of Faith), the most difficult Brazilian pilgrimage path. The primary objectives of the Caminho da Fé pilgrimage are the experience of moments of reflection and faith through the exercise of walking – the integration of man with nature and with religion.
The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon was inspired in concept and in spirit by the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, California. If you have a strong athletic resume but did not qualify for Badwater Ultramarathon, applying for
Brazil 135 Ultramarathon could be an extraordinary opportunity since it is a qualifier for Badwater.
It’s also a qualifying race for the Western States Endurance Run and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (4 Itra points).
Participation is by invitation only for 120 die-hards.
Date: February 1, 2018
Location: Start: São Joao da Boa Vista; finish: Pesqueiro da Montanha, Brazil
Race terrain: trail
Race distances: 126K -24hrs, 135 miles/217K – 48 hrs, 175 miles/281K- 60hrs, 281 miles/452K (relay) –
Race info: #Brazil135
An International Trail Running event that takes place in the extreme southern end of Chilean Patagonia; a long journey that enters into the magical world of fjords. This region of the planet is characterized by thousands of kilometers of fjords, formed by the passage of gigantic glaciers since thousands of years ago. This is possibly the country’s “best-kept secret.” The journey into the world of fiords is both magical and mystical, as Genis Zapater (3rd place winner of 70K Ultra Fiord 2015) described, “This entire section floated below a forest worthy of being its own Lord of the Rings, which I was advancing through with goosebumps.”
This is a trail running event where you will need a sense of adventure to come face to face with one of the wildest natural landscapes, shaped by the unpredictable weather conditions and challenging terrains of Southern Patagonia. On the race course you will traverse across rivers, mud, peat bogs, glacier-filled mountains and big rocks, pushing your limits through a unique experience that is both rewarding and self-transcending.
“It has the potential to be a big, classic world race. It seems to me like what Hardrock was in the beginning, like before they thought ‘Oh, we should probably put a fixed rope on the snowfield coming off Virginius Pass’. I really think it has the original Hardrock spirit.” — Jeff Browning, American 100-Mile Winner
Ultra Fiord is an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) and Hardrock 100 qualifying race.
One of the fundamental objectives of Ultra Fiord is to contribute to the conservation and the sustainable development of the Chilean Patagonia. In line with this goal, efforts are focused on two main areas: environmental awareness and promotion of the region’s tourism, both geared toward aiding in the sustainable development of its local communities.
Date: April 2, 2018
Location: Patagonia, Chile, South-America
Race terrain: Glacier
Race distance: 100mi, 100K, 70K, 50K, 42K,30K
Race info: #UltraFiord
Patagonia Run is a race of roads and mountain tracks in San Martin de Los Andes. San Martin de Los Andes has one of the most impressive landscapes in the world, located in the most beautiful of the Andes – Patagonia – Argentina.
Patagonia Run is a non-stop mountain trail run for individual runners, which includes 6 distances for all athlete profiles, from trail run debutants and short-distance runners to long ultra-marathon distances and slope experienced runners.
With an elevation gain of 9.000m, Patagonia race is a challenging race and the speed required to complete the 145k is 29 hours.
Maximum hours to finish the race will be the following: 36 hours for 100 mi, 27 hours for 100K, and 21 hours for 70K. Deadline to cross finishing line for all distances is 11:59 pm.
Patagonia Run is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, and a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) and Western States Endurance Run (WSER) 2019.
Date: April 6+7, 2018
Location: San Martin de los Andes, Neuquén, Andean Argentinian Patagonia
Race terrain: Trail, mountain
Race distance: 100 miles, 100K, 70K, 42K, 21K and 10K
Race info: #PatagoniaRun
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.
Date: May 18-19, 2018
Location: Atacama Square, San Pedro, Chile
Race terrain: trail, desert
Race distance: 50K, 80K and 160K
Race info: #AtacamaXtreme
INCA TRAIL MARATHON
The Original Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu & Inca Trail Classic 30K to Machu Picchu
An unforgettable outdoor and cultural adventure! Run the Inca Trail Classic 30K course or 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon option. Explore ancient archaeological sites of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
The Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu follows the original pilgrimage trail that leads into the religious capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary “Lost city of the Incas” – Machu Picchu! The run is moderate to strenuous over mountain terrain at altitudes ranging from 8,000’ to 13,779’. You will see archaeological sites only seen by those that complete the entire Inca trail. On the Inca Trail, you will sleep in a comfortable campground, and porters carry the gear.
Enjoy exploring the wonders of Machu Picchu. Fully-stocked aid stations and trail support.
Date: June 2 to June 10, 2018 / August 4 to August 12, 2018
Location: Cusco, Peru, South America
Race distance: 30K – 26.2 mile
Race terrain: Trail
Race info: #IncaTrail
JUNGLE ULTRA MARATHON
Discover South-America by running from The Andes to the Amazon.
The Jungle Ultra will test your endurance as you run 230K on tough jungle trails, mountain roads and village tracks, making your way from Cloud Forest and down 10,500ft to the Amazon Jungle.
You will experience the virgin forests, diverse wildlife and numerous tribes of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest as you complete this 5 stage event.
As you are in the jungle you will face humidity levels reaching near 100%, making sweating useless in maintaining your core body temperature, leaving you saturated for extended periods of the race, and indeed when you finally reach camp.
For the race itself, you will be self-sufficient carrying your own hammock, sleeping bag, food and supplies for the entire race, replenishing your (minimum) 2.5 liters of water along the way at checkpoints and base camps.
The 230km race distance is split into 5 stages with a maximum of 6 days to complete the challenge.
There are checkpoints every 10 to 15K providing water and aid.
Date: June 3, 2018
Location: Manu National Park, Peru
Race terrain: Jungle
Race distance: 230K to be covered in 5 stages
Race info: #jungleultra
ULTRA TRAIL CORDILLERA BLANCA
Running on steep glacial moraines and gravel roads, overviewing clear blue lakes and snow covered mountain peaks.
This vertical race is part of the annual Festival del Andinismo (a mountain sports and film festival).
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) Qualifying race.
Date: July 2018 (date to be set)
Location: Huaraz, Ancash, Peru
Race terrain: Mountain
Race distance: 50K, 21K, 13K (night race), 6K
Race info: #UTCB
MARATHON DE LAS FLORES MEDELLÍN
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.
Date: September 16, 2018
Race terrain: road
Race distance: 42K, 21K, 10K, 5K
Race info: #medellin
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 anniversary 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.
Date: September 30, 2018
Race terrain: mixed terrain
Race distance: 250K
Race info: #AtacamaCrossing
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.
Date: October 17-24, 2018 (to be confirmed)
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
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.
Date: November 9, 2018
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
K42 SERIES ARGENTINA
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
Date: November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2018 (to be confirmed)
Location: Villa La Angostura, Villa la Angostura, Neuquén, Patagonia, South America
Race distance: 42K – 15K
Race terrain: Mountain
Race info: #EspírituK42
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.
Date: November 25 – December 5, 2018
Location: Ica desert, 300 km south of Lima
Race distance: 250K
Race terrain: desert
Race info: #MdSPeru
VULCANO ULTRA TRAIL
Live a unique experience in Chilean Patagonia, challenging the imposing Osorno Volcano, symbol of the Llanquihue Lake basin and the wonderful Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.
Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Petrohue, Lago Todos Los Santos, Chile
Race distance: Vut Kids 8.5K, 17K, 32K, 48K, 48K, Dupla, 102K, 102K, Dupla and 102K,
Race terrain: trail
Race info: #VulcanoUltraTrail
UNSUPPORTED RUNNING ADVENTURES
Follow the journey of two Belgium guys, running 25.000 kilometers, from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Ushuaia in Argentina, for a good cause. They started April 24, 2016 and will complete a marathon each day for two years!
They run for “To walk again”, a Belgian organization founded by their friend Marc Herremans, which provides custom-made sports and exercise activities for children, youth, and adults with a physical limitation.
2002 was meant to be the year for Marc to make his dream come true: winning the Ironman in Hawaii. Unfortunately, during training he had an accident on Lanzarote and he was paralyzed from chest to toes. His life changed forever.
Marc succeeded, despite his complete paralysis from the chest downwards, to be the 2006 Ironman World champion. A year later Marc went for the second item on his bucket list, the Crocodile Trophy: a 870 mile long and arduous mountain bike competition in the outback of Australia. Marc started as the first wheelchair athlete ever in this difficult competition and drove 10 days later as the first and only wheelchair athlete to pass the finish line.
Marc is more active than ever. He carries his message as a motivational speaker with full conviction. He established a training center where he professionally guides athletes and recreationists.
Running South America for wild places and wildlife
On 20th October 2013, Katharine & David Lowrie completed running the length of South America.
After 14 Months, 23 Days, 13 hours and 55 Minutes they had covered 6,504 miles, through the largest rainforest on earth, the longest mountain range, from the Southern Ocean, finally into the Caribbean Sea of Venezuela.
Katharine and David were running the length of South America unsupported to achieve the following aims:
Raise money for Asociacion Armonia, BirdLife International and Conservacion Patagonica to buy and conserve threatened habitats in South America, ensuring their protection through local governance and employment.
Through their running they inspired environmental action, to prove that with small steps we can tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges. It’s not too late to protect the world’s remaining unspoiled ecosystems, but time is running out.
Katherine wrote a book about their journey, that will come out in August 2017: “Running South America: With My Husband and Other Animals“
Race info: #RunningSouthAmerica
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