It’s amazing how many old trails, used by pilgrims, pioneers, soldiers, and settlers do still exist today.
Some of them are thousands of years old. Let’s explore some:
Discover Canada’s dense, raw nature and wildlife. Run into the eye of the wolf.
An authentic trail running experience in the heart of Quebec. A Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO.
Summits where the wind carries the scents of the St. Lawrence River and the boreal forest.
Date: Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 2019
Location: At mont Grand-Fonds ski resort in La Malbaie, Québec, Canada
Race distances: 125k-65k-42k-28k-10k-5k
Race info: #jesuisloup #uthc #freeyourwild #harricana
American River 50
The 2nd largest 50 miler in the USA. One of the American River 50’s strengths is it’s breathtaking, dramatic climb to Auburn at the end of the race, an ascent that leaves ultra runners looking for something extra while on a friendly dirt surface. Course Elevation: 3,800 ft climb and ~800 ft descent.
The point-to-point route offers a mix of pavement (27 miles) and trail (23 miles) which makes it a great race for beginning 50-milers and for those who want to run a PR.
It is a qualifier for the Western States Endurance Run as well.
Date: April 6, 2019
Location: Folsom Lake Marina, El Dorado Hills, California, USA
Race distances: 50mi-27mi-23mi
Race info: #AR50
The Dipsea Race was first run in 1905, making it the oldest trail race in America. Every year it takes place on the second Sunday in June.
The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world, although the stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race.
Date: June 9, 2019
Location: Mill Valley, California, USA
Race distances: 7.4mi
Race info: #Dipsea
The Dipsea Race was born from a bet in 1904 between two members of San Francisco’s Olympic Club: Who could be swiftest from the train depot in Mill Valley, gateway to Mt. Tamalpais trails, to the newly opened Dipsea Inn on the Pacific Ocean at Stinson Beach? A group of Club members then organized themselves as the Dipsea Indians and staged the first Dipsea Race on November 19, 1905.
Like in many of the Trail races, the number of runners is limited (to 1500), to guarantee safety and protect the environment.
The beautiful but dangerous route is part of Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
There’s just one overall winner, regardless of age or gender.
Decades before they were officially allowed into any other distance races in the United States, women raced over the Dipsea Trail.
Western States Endurance Run
The Western States 100mile Endurance Run is the oldest and most legendary 100 mile trail race in the world. First used by the Paiute and Washoe Indians, later as the most direct route between the gold camps of California and the silver mines of Nevada.
Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Western States Endurance Run differs substantially from other organized runs. Adequate mental and physical preparation is of utmost importance to each runner, for the high mountains and deep canyons, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.
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 1 to June 9, 2019 / August 3 to August 11, 2019
Location: Cusco, Peru, South America
Race distance: 30K – 26.2 mile
Race info: #IncaTrail
19-20 APRIL 2019: 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 forrest, with some asphalt as well. One lap is 11.5km so you will run 7, 14 or 28 depending on your choice of distance!
27 APRIL 2018: ULTRA MILANO-SANREMO 175-mile, ITALY
Europe’s longest point-to-point road ultra marathon 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
27 APRIL 2019: 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 Ultra Trail World Tour circuit, with the status of “future race”.
11 MAY 2019: 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 ca 4m of cumulative gain and loss.
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.
15 JUNE 2019: 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.
20-22 JUNE 2019: 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
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.
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).
18 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.
3-13 MAY 2019: 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.
22 JUNE 2019: BIG FIVE MARATHON, LAKESIDE LODGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
The Big Five Marathon in South Africa is held among the wildlife of the African savannah.
Runners from all over the world will meet in one of the most spectacular “Big Five” game reserves in Africa.
A challenging African safari marathon route right through the habitat of elephants, zebras, leopards and lions.
The first section of the race is on dirt roads made up of red sand. After a few hills you’ll reach Yellow Wood Valley.
After running run the steep slope, you’ll have to run it up again, before you’ll have a great view over the plateau’s lake.
No fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates the runners from the African wildlife.
Besides the full marathon distance you can also run a half marathon.
18-20 JANUARY 2019: SUPERACE ULTRA MARATHON, TAIWAN
SUPERACE, founded by Kevin Lin, one the best-known endurance athletes in Asia, is introducing his home country to the ultra-challengers. The tough, yet beautiful mountain range will lead the runners to the Pacific Ocean to enjoy the big shiny blue.
Kevin Lin has been the first modern runner to cross the Sahara Desert in 2007. He became the champion of the 4 Desert Race Series in 2006. Following his great running adventures in Atacama Desert, Silk Road and many others, his journey continued with the creation of the SUPERACE, and led more people into the world of ultramarathons.
In SUPERACE Ultra Marathon, TAIWAN, runners are led along the Jinshuiying Historic Trail and the Central Mountain Range to the Eastern coast and pass the Alangyi Historic Trail. You will climb to more than 1,450 meters high and then to river beds at sea level; along the way runners will be greeted by mountains and sea as you pass wet tropical forests and gravel coasts. One might even hear the songs of the aboriginals. The diverse terrain will test both the limits of your stamina and willpower!
Participants are required to only carry equipment for a single day, locker services are provided and all other equipment will be delivered to the camp site by the event organizer.
Location: Pintung, Taiwan
Race date: 18-20 January 2019
Distance: 119K in 3 stages
Qualifier: UTMB (3-day race 3 ITRA-points / trail race 2 ITRA-points)
Race info: #Superace
24 MAY–1 JUNE 2019: 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 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2019: GOBI MARCH 7 STAGE FOOTRACE, CHINA
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 Shan Mountains, 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).
10 FEBRUARY 2018: TARAWERA ULTRAMARATHON, NEW ZEALAND
You’re challenged to complete a course of 102K, 87K or 62K, that takes you around four lakes, through many forests, past waterfalls and some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from Rotorua to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
The spectacular course also leads runners through places of immense cultural significance to Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
All three courses are low elevation, single tracks (trails) and wide trails through forests and narrow forestry roads. There are mainly gentle hills, short, steep hills and flat sections. There are a few stairs.
This is one of the most “runnable” trail ultra marathons in the world, with relaxed cut-offs (around 11:30min/km throughout), offering athletes of all abilities the opportunity to be part of the Ultra-trail World Tour.
In 2017 a total of 1400 runners participated, of which >50% were international athletes from 45 countries, including many of the world’s best trail ultra runners. In 2017 73% of the 102K racers crossed the finish line.
17-20 MAY 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA, NSW AUSTRALIA
The biggest trail running party in Australia (Katoomba) lasts 5 days and includes races for runners of all abilities. You can also learn about trails, gear, nutrition, training and race strategy during the expo workshops and presentations. A running festival for the whole family:
There’s the amazing and challenging 100K running course with spectacular views of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The tough and remote course with very little support, lots of stairs and an elevation gain of 4.300m, makes this race accessible for experienced trail runners only.
For less experienced ultra runners there’s a 50K race with 2.300m of elevation gain.
The Pace UTA22 with 1,200m of elevation gain over a distance of 22K, is a good start for new runners who’re curious about trail and ultra running.
Looking for a shorter distance? Enjoy the 2.5K dash through Katoomba town.
The Scenic World UTA951 is a 1K vertical race on the 951 Furber Stairs. A great challenge for your quads.
And last but not least there’s the Injinji 1K-4-Kids fun run. Each kid up to 12 years can take part and receives a medal and pair of Injinji socks.
Ultra-Trail Australia is a qualifier for The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). Finishers of the Ultra-Trail Australia will gain 5 qualifying points for the 100K and 3 qualifying points for the 50K.
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