Let’s climb some mountains and explore some remarkable and adventurous races per continent!
Cruel Jewel 100
The 106 miles foot race covers 94 miles of trails and 12 miles of mountain roads in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains. Along with your journey from Vogel State Park to Blue Ridge and back, you will experience tough single track trails and steep ascents and descents (33,000 feet of gain and loss!), with lush green hardwood forests, rocks, roots.
You’ll cross a historic steel bridge over the Toccoa River and pass 20 aid stations before you reach your final destination.
For tough and experienced trail runners! Cruel Jewel 100 is a Hardrock Qualifier.
Cruel Jewel 50 is a point to point trail race which consists of 50 miles of trails and 6 miles of mountain roads. On your way to the finish line, you’ll pass 10 aid stations. The 15,000 feet of gain and loss is a bonus to keep you smiling!
Both races are 2018 UTMB Qualifiers (4 and 6 Points).
Date: May 18 – 20, 2018
Location: Start: Vogel State Park, Blairsville, (100 mi), Camp Morganton, Blue Ridge, (50 mi), Georgia, USA
Race distances: 100 mi, 50 mile
Race info: #CruelJuwel
Fat Dog 120 Trail Race
Scenic ultra point to point race in Canada, that straddles 3 stunning provincial parks and one recreational area in British Columbia, Canada in the Cascades Mountains. Just short of Everest for elevation gain. Fat Dog 120 mile is 8673 m, Everest 8848 m.
Stunning alpine views, meadows of wildflowers, good mix of technical and non-technical trails, very little forest service road, point to point, challenging profile, sumptuous aid stations, great organization, enthusiastic volunteers, and a lake at the end for soaking. The 120 mile event is not for beginners due to the climbs.
One of the toughest ultra’s in North America. Fat Dog made the short list in RunUltra race award list 2017.
Date: August 10-12, 2018
Location: Cathedral Provincial Park (120 mi + relay), E.C. Manning Provincial Park, (70, 50, 40 mi), Canada
Race distances: 120 miles, 70 mile, 50 mile, 40 mile, and 9 relay legs that cover 120 mile route
Race info: #FatDog
Pikes Peak Marathon
A Journey to the Top and Perhaps Back…
The Pikes Peak Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon will redefine what you call running.
There’s a reason trees don’t bother growing above 12,000′ on Pikes Peak. They can’t! Makes one wonder if trees are smarter than runners. Above treeline most runners take 30 minutes or more, some much more, just to cover a mile.
Protruding rocks and roots are waiting to send you crashing to the ground and temperature often goes up more than 30 degrees between start and finish. The trail is often narrow, winding, and may be gravel, rocks or dirt with sharp turns and abrupt changes in elevation or direction. However, there are no exposed ledges, so there is little danger of falling off the trail!
The summit of the race is at 14,115′ (4,302m) altitude. The Ascent finish/Marathon turnaround is at approximately 14,050′.
Because the Ascent and Marathon are so unique and so physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons, having a general understanding of the courses is the key to planning your training.
Only Peak Veterans who have completed the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon in the past 3 years (2015+) may register for both the Ascent and Marathon (known as “Doubling”).
Pikes Peak Marathon is part of the Golden Trail Series, five scenic and challenging races on different continents with a great history and atmosphere.
Date: August 18-19, 2018
Location: Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA
Race distances/Cut-off time: Pikes Peak Ascent 13.32M/6h30m, Marathon 26.21M/10h
Elevation gain: 7,815′ (2,382m)
Race info: #PikesPeakMarathon #GoldenTrailSeries
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 16-18, 2018
Location: Villa La Angostura, Villa la Angostura, Neuquén, Patagonia, South America
Race distance: 42K – 15K
Race info: #EspírituK42
20-24 FEBRUARY 2019: 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).
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”.
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
21-23 JUNE 2018: LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL, CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, VENETO, 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.
#lut2018 #cortina #Lavaredo
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
19-29 AUGUST 2018: KILIMANJARO STAGE RUN, TANZANIA
Join Simon Mtuy, Tanzania’s foremost trail runner, expert mountain guide, and world-record holder as he shares with you the paths he knows and loves in this trail runner’s paradise.
This trail running route circumnavigates the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This is a physically demanding event requiring a high level of fitness and endurance, and the dream of discovery.
Full-service camping is provided during the 11 days adventure, of which you’ll run 13 to 28 miles for 8 days.
For experienced ultrarunners who want to experience the wildlife and savannas of Tanzania.
JANUARY 2019: HONG KONG 100, HONG KONG
The Vibram® Hong Kong 100 is an ultra endurance point-to-point race, that takes place every year in January. The 100km course starts in Pak Tam Chung on the Sai Kung Peninsula and covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong, including remote and unspoiled beaches, ancient forests, nature trails, reservoirs and steep hills.
The course is based around Hong Kong’s famous Maclehose Trail, but with some diversions to ensure that runners spend more time in its most scenic sections, as well as finishing with the descent from Hong Kong’s highest peak (Tai Mo Shan).
It includes a cumulative elevation gain of over 4500 meters. The cut-off time is 32 hours.
The race is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT), and kicks off every year these series of ultra races around the globe. It’s also a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
With everyone’s generous donations, HK$701,807 has been raised for various charities in 2017: HK$215,220 to Blind Sports Hong, HK$288,587 to Food Angel, HK$120,000 to Free to Run and HK$80,000 to Hong Kong Breast Cancer Fund.
25 MAY–2 JUNE 2018: BHUTAN THE LAST SECRET, MULTIDAY RACE, BHUTAN
Run in the happiest country on earth!
Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures the progress of society in terms of “Gross National Happiness”.
You’ll experience the charm and magic of one of the world’s most secret countries with an amazing landscape.
Run through an evergreen prime forest, rural villages, pass amazing monasteries and immerse yourself in traditional Buddhist culture.
The 200K stage race will start 80km east of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and finish in the most spectacular monastery on earth, Taktshang Goemba (The Tiger’s Nest).
After six days the race finishes at the most spectacular and mystic monastery on earth, hanging in the cliffs at an altitude of 3000m with an outstanding view of the Paro valley, the Taktshang Goemba, also known as “The Tiger’s Nest”.
During the race week of six stages, you’ll stay in farmhouses more than a century old, tents and a monastery at 3500m. All competitors and organizers will stay in the same place and breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided.
Each runner has to carry her/his personal and mandatory racing equipment in one bag, which will be transported from camp to camp.
It’s a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) with 5 points.
29 MAY 2018: TENZING-HILLARY EVEREST MARATHON, NEPAL
This spectacular mountain marathon commemorates the first successful ascent of Everest Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May, 1953, as a tribute to these heroes.
Starting from Everest Base Camp at 5,356m, the 42.2K/26.2mi trail passes through Everest National Park and Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar, the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche (one of the oldest in the area) and Thyangboche, up to Kalapatthar summit at 5545m/18200ft. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks.
Although the course is basically downhill, there are two steep uphill sections as well. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and experience on rough terrain is essential.
Participants will have to be in Nepal three weeks before the race to acclimatize to the high altitude. During these weeks you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour in the capital Kathmandu, a 14-day trek to the marathon starting point under medical supervision, and an ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m/18200ft) for the best views of Everest.
You can also join a Half Marathon or do a trek from the Base Camp in case you don’t run.
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.
1 DECEMBER 2018: GOAT ALPINE ADVENTURE RUN, NEW ZEALAND
An exhilarating, challenging, yet achievable alpine run traversing the side of spectacular Mt Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. The course on the mountainous terrain with 1000m of cumulative elevation gain is measured at approx 20K. For safety reasons all participants need to complete the course in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
he Goat Tongariro traverses some awe-inspiring wilderness and we need to make sure nothing we do will damage or alter this natural habitat. The pristine streams and rivers within the World Heritage Park are the home of the rare NZ Whio (blue duck) and will be forever changed if freshwater pests like Didymo become established.
To compete in this event you must have clean gear before you start.
There will be a post event barbeque buffet dinner and Goat celebration after party at the Powderhorn which is legendary!
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