Some cool races to explore around the world:
POLAR CIRCLE MARATHON, GREENLAND
The coolest experience of your life!
Run on the vast ice sheet and experience breathtaking polar landscapes in this challenging running event.
The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The endless ice and arctic tundra of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and the soundless, arctic desert. This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the most remote corners of the world, while daring to take part in an extremely challenging running event.
Part of the route takes place on the ice cap itself, but the main part of the course is run on the gravel road (often snow covered) that connects the ice sheet with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle.
The race features a classic marathon and a half marathon. If you sign up for the Polar Bear Challenge and you can run them both. The time limit for the half marathon is 4 hours. The marathon time limit is 7 hours.
Runners still on the route after the time is up will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.
Date: October 27-28, 2018
Location: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Race distances: marathon (42.2K/26,1mi) – half marathon (21.1K/13,1mi)
TRIPLE D, IOWA, USA
The 11th edition of a winter endurance trail event that traverses an out and back course on the beautiful Heritage Trail of Dubuque County, Iowa.
You can participate by bike, foot, or cross-country in anything from a nice 5k stroll to get out of the house on a winter day, or a 100K ultra-endurance race to test your mental and physical fortitude!
The trail course is relatively flat hard-packed limestone. It may be snow covered and temperatures can be 25 degrees F minus or plus, so bring your snowshoes and be prepared for everything.
The race is self-supported, so make sure to carry all of your fuel!
Date: 13 January 2019 (date to be confirmed)
Location: Dubuque County, Iowa
Race distances: 100K, marathon (42.2K/26,1M), half marathon (21.1K/13,1M), 5K
KAHTOOLA BIGFOOT SNOWSHOE FESTIVAL, UTAH, USA
This race festival in the snow takes place on a 10K golf course loop and a 5K mountain loop. It will be the 12the edition.
Date: 26 January 2019 (date to be confirmed)
Location: Wasatch Mountain State Park, Midway, Utah, USA
Race distances: 50K, marathon (42.2K/26,1M), 25K, 15K, 10K & 5K
YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA, WHITEHORSE, CANADA
The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra will follow the Yukon Quest trail, the trail of the world’s toughest Sled Dog Race.
The marathon finishes at Muktuk Adventures just off the Takhini River. The 100-mile racers will go from Whitehorse to Braeburn. The 300-mile racers will keep on going all the way to Pelly Farm. There they will leave the river to turn around and go back to Pelly Crossing on the farm road. The 430-mile participants go all the way to Dawson City.
The trail will be marked. However, if there is fresh snow or a lot of wind it will be difficult to find the trail. If you want to enhance your ability to understand your orientation, we recommend you use a GPS. You will find necessary coordinates and more information on the race course in the “Trail Description” (see “Service” section).
Dead winter in the Yukon can bring just about any kind of conditions. If you are lucky and there is no fresh snow after the initial trail breaking by the rangers, the trail might actually be quite good. In case of fresh snow or winds, the situation will be entirely different. You can expect temperatures between -8 and -45 degrees Celsius.
If there is not sufficient snow cover on the sidewalks transportation will be provided for the pulk sleds.
It is your responsibility to take along all gear necessary for a safe race, e.g. stove, food, water, sleeping system, head torch, sufficient clothing for all weather conditions. No outside assistance to advance up or down the trail.
Latest entry by November 30th, 2018.
Date: 3-16 February 2019
Location: Whitehorse, Canada
Race distances/time limit: 430M/13 days (312 hours), 300M/8 days (192 hours), 100M/72hrs, marathon (42.2K/26,1M)
PEAK SNOWSHOE WINTER RACE, VERMONT, USA
The course will be a rugged 6.5 mile loop in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Each loop has 1200 vertical.
Date: 16 February 2019
Location: Pittsfield, Vermont, USA
Race distances/time limit: 100M marathon (42.2K/26,1M), half marathon (21.1K/13,1M), 10K
Ultra Fiord, Chili
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-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) Qualifying race.
Date: April 2, 2018
Location: Patagonia, Chile, South-America
Race distance: 100mi, 100K, 70K, 50K, 42K,30K
Race info: #UltraFiord
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
4-14 MAY 2018: TRANS ATLAS ULTRA TRAIL MARATHON, MOROCCO
A multiday race high up in the mountains of the Moroccan Atlas. The 285 km route is divided into 6 stages. Every day 30 to 60 km of trails will be covered, with an elevation up to 14000.
An adventure with spectacular views through a lunar-like rocky landscape with snowy peaks, gorges, valleys, few villages.
Race-director and ultrarunner Mohamad Ahansal is the Moroccan initiator who made it possible to meet the ancient culture of Berbers and souks with rich colors, smells and flavors.
Apart from a place to sleep in a lodge, breakfast and diner, participants have to carry their backpack with food, water and equipment during each stage.
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.
Explore the most pristine corner of the planet.
Come face-to-face with Antarctic gems such as glaciers, icebergs, penguins, seals and whales.
21-27 NOVEMBER 2017: ANTARCTIC ICE MARATHON & 100K, ANTARCTICA
On 24th November 2017 and 13th December 2018, respectively the thirteenth and fourteenth Antarctic Ice Marathon race will take place at 80 Degrees South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains. Infinite land of pristine snow and stark mountain vistas illuminated by 24 hours of constant sunlight.
The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the most southern marathon on earth. A truly formidable and genuine Antarctic challenge with underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout, an average windchill temperature of -20C, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds to contend with, at an altitude of 700 meters. Don’t expect to run your quickest time, however, as winds can blow from the Pole at a steady 10-25 knots. Forget about penguins or crowds cheering you along the route. No penguins live this far south and you will have to rely on yourself to push onward in the hushed, indomitable surroundings.
If you associate the word ‘impossible’ with an irresistible challenge, the Antarctic Ice Marathon and Antarctic 100K are right up your street. The Frozen Continent Half-Marathon (21.1K/13.1mi) will also be run on the same day.
The 4-day trip includes a return flight by private jet from Punta Arenas, Chile, to the marathon location at Union Glacier, Antarctica. A marked course of 42.2km (26.2 miles) will be prepared in advance and snowmobile support, aid stations and medical personnel will be at hand for the duration of the race.
You’ll receive accommodation and food for the entire Antarctic trip.
You can join the exclusive 7 Continents Marathon Club by combining this race with marathons on each of the other six continents.
27 JANUARY-4 FEBRUARY 2018: WHITE CONTINENT MARATHON, ANTARCTICA
During the race you’ll be cheered on by penguins and seals. After the race you can enjoy excursions to a penguin colony, to see Gentoo, Adelie & Chinstrap penguins. You’ll also explore the nearby Russian Research base and their ornate Orthodox Church.
You will be sleeping overnight in Antarctica the evening before the race. A great experience!
You can choose from a 50K, marathon and half marathon adventure.
This race is the only opportunity for those who want to run a marathon in Antarctica within one week’s time. Other Antarctic race options require a minimum of 14 to 20 days.
8-22 MARCH / 9-23 MARCH 2018: ANTARCTICA MARATHON & HALF MARATHON, ANTARCTICA
The Antarctica Tour Package begins with three-nights in Buenos Aires for time to meet your running peers, participate in a few training runs, and attend the mandatory race briefing and welcome dinner. Then you’ll fly to Ushuaia, which is located at the southern tip of Argentina. It is here where you will start your journey to Antarctica aboard the Akademik Ioffe Ship or the Akademik Vavilov Ship. Over the course of several days you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula until reaching King George’s Island, the location of the marathon and half marathon.
Historians and scientists will provide lectures on board your ship and you will experience wildlife excursions during landings in remote areas, such as seal colonies and penguin rookeries as well as the research bases.
The races take place on 16 or 17 March, 2018, depending on the ship you’re on. The course will start and finish outside the Russian base and pass near the Chilean and Chinese bases. The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy.
The course on King George’s Island has marked gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Great care is taken to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem. As part of this, there’s a maximum of 100 passengers ashore for the event at any time. Marathon Tours & Travel takes their part seriously and has raised more than $200,000 for Oceanites, the non-profit scientific organization that monitors the effects of climate change and the impact of tourism on Antarctica.
9 APRIL 2018: NORTH-POLE MARATHON, ARCTIC OCEAN
Always wanted to run on water? This is your chance!
The North Pole is not part of any continent, as it is constantly shifting ice, located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. And that’s where this stunning race takes place.
Running under extreme conditions like this (-41C) takes lots of preparation, effort and persistence and the Marathon has been completed by only 378 people (319 men and 59 women) so far.
Participants are eligible to join the exclusive Marathon Grand Slam Club by finishing a marathon on each of the seven continents and the North Pole Marathon.
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