Some like it hot…
Here are some races to run in dry climate and extreme heat:
A challenging, scenic race through the southern Utah desert adjacent to Zion National Park.
4 distances will be offered: a Half Marathon, 55K, 100K, and a 100 miler.
Environmentally sustainable, destination trail races that push your limits and offer an unforgettable ultra adventure.
Zion 100 mile is one of the 6 ultra trail races in The Grand Circle Trail Series that take place in the natural diversity of the Southwest. A challenging but beautiful wilderness with meadows, mountains, deserts, canyons, forests and lakes.
Date: April 20-21, 2018
Location: Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Race distances: 100mi-100K-50K-13,1mi (half marathon)
Race info: #UltraAdventures #zion100
The World’s Toughest Foot Race in the hottest and driest area of the USA.
A very demanding and extreme running race, covering 135 miles (217 km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California.
Start at Badwater, Death Valley, at the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level.
Finish at Mt. Whitney Portal at nearly 8,300’ (2530m).
The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent.
Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.
You’ll run through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Alabama Hills, and Lone Pine.
Date: July 23-25, 2018
Location: Start at Badwater, Death Valley. Finish at Mt. Whitney Portal, California, USA
Race distance: 135 miles (217km)
Race info: #Badwater135
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 2017 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Qualifier (2018 qualifier list will be announced Oct 1).
The 100 miler and the 100-kilometer race are 2018 UTMB Qualifiers (4 Points).
Date: October 27-28, 2018
Location: Four Peaks Staging Area at McDowell Mountain Regional Park north of Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA
Race distances: 100k-100 mi
Race info: #JavelinaJundred
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
Race distance: marathon (42.2K/26.2mi) – half marathon (21.1K/13.1mi)
Race info: #VolcanoMarathon
Elton Ultra Trail
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.
Date: May 26, 2018
Location: Lake Elton, Russia
Race distance: 42K, 82K, 100 mile
Race info: #EltonUltraTrail
Marathon des Sables
At 28 years of age, Patrick Bauer decided to make for the Sahara to try to traverse a 350km expanse of uninhabited desert, on foot, alone, where he wouldn’t come across a single village, oasis or watering place. Totally self-sufficient, with a rucksack weighing 35kg and containing water and food, he set off on a journey which was to last 12 days. It was the starting point of what was to become the Marathon des Sables.
In 1986 23 pioneers took part in the first edition of this legendary multi-day running event in the Moroccan Sahara.
The Marathon des Sables is a footrace, open to runners and walkers, with several stages, freestyle, and with food self-sufficiency over a distance of about 250 Km. Each participant must carry his/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear, and other material.
Especially in Southern Morocco at a time of year when the temperature can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun, the body is under strain.
Participants will be advised carefully on how to avoid certain mistakes and how to prepare efficiently for this “extraordinary expedition”.
Namibia is one of the driest countries of the African continent and known for its iconic desert and stunning landscape.
The Namib Desert, on the west coast of Southern Africa, is the oldest desert and has the largest dunes in the world.
The course is located in and around the beach of Torra Bay, in the Skeleton Coast National Park.
During this multiday race you will see a great diversity of scenery and terrain as you complete the 250K / 155mi course.
This includes running along the beach where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean and through Seal colonies, over salt pans, past salt lakes which are home to flamingos, through the infamous dunes of the Namib desert, into dry riverbeds where a hint of water gives way to lush green vegetation, past deserted oil and diamond mines and across vast open red desert plains and hills.
The course follows four stages of approximately 40K / 25mi, the Long March of approximately 80K / 50mi, which takes place over two days, and the final “sprint” less than 20K / 13mi.
It is a self-supported race; competitors must carry everything they need for seven days on their backs.
Date: April 29-May 5, 2018
Location: Sahara, Namibia
Race distance: 250K-7 days
Race info: #SaharaRace
The Gobi March takes place in Hami region in the eastern part of Xinjiang Province in China.
Along the 250K / 155MI of the course, you pass through local villages and across grazing lands where shepherds tend to their flocks.
The region has a number of highlights, including the beautiful Tian Shangrasslands vast grasslands, sand dunes and villages of ethnic minorities.
Participants traverse 250 kilometers in seven days over rough country terrain with only a place in a tent and water provided.
The terrain includes grasslands, farmlands, dirt tracks, riverbeds, rolling hills, mountain valleys, plains and plateaus.
You will be supported by highly qualified staff, all with experience in hiking, marathons and ultramarathons, and medical teams specializing in wilderness medicine.
The Gobi March is one of the 4 Deserts Races, recognized as the most prestigious outdoor footrace series in the world. Apart from the Gobi March, the series consists of the Sahara Race (Namibia), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica).
Date: July 29-August 4, 2018
Location: Gobi Desert, China
Race distance: 250K-7 days
Race info: #GobiMarch
Big Red Run
Big Red Run is Australia’s first and only 250K multi day race, a 7-day event in the Simpson Desert.
There’s also a 6-day 150km stage race. Ideal for those wanting to dip their toes into stage racing, and for trekkers and adventurous hikers. Both races start and finish in the iconic Birdsville Pub. You’ll enjoy outback adventure camping under the stars, and swapping tales around the campfire each night.
Run on and experience stunning red desert landscapes under the big blue sky.
The Big Red Run aims to raise substantial funds for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Money raised will help fund the best and most promising Type 1 Diabetes medical research to cure, treat and prevent this disease. Participants in the Big Red Run are required to achieve a minimum fundraising commitment of $1,000. You can fulfill this commitment by obtaining donations through Everyday Hero.
Date: June 27-July 2, 2018
Location: Simpson Desert, Australia
Race distance: 250K-7 days / 150K-6 days
Race info: #BigRedRun
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