If flat trails aren’t hard enough for you, here are some vertical races to explore:
The Dipsea Race
the oldest trail race in America since 1905. The scenic 7.4 mile course 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. The route is part of Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The number of participants is limited to 1500, to guarantee safety and protect the environment.
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.
Legendary hero of the race, Jack Kirk, “The Dipsea Demon,” is a two-time winner who ran every Dipsea from 1930 until 2003. He passed away in January of 2007, at the age of 100.
Date: June 10, 2018
Location: start in Mill Valley, finish in Stinson Beach, California, USA
Race distances: 7,4mi
Race info: #Dipsea
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 distance: 50K, 21K, 13K (night race), 6K
Race info: #UTCB
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: CONQUER THE WALL MARATHON, CHINA
The Conquer the Wall Marathon has no equal and is an event that separates the tourists from the adventurers. It will test you like no other race.
The Conquer the Wall Marathon is the longest running international marathon on the Great Wall of China. A locally organized event held annually in May, offering a full selection of runs including a full marathon (42.2K), half marathon (21.1K), 10K and 5K distances.
The Great Wall was built along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against invasion. It is often compared to a huge dragon winding up and down in the mountains, grassland, and desert.
When the Great Wall was constructed, the designers intentionally varied the height of the steps to upset any running charge by invaders. It’s a design strategy which has also upset the thousands of runners from around the world who try to conquer the wall each year.
The 20,000+ steps you will encounter will vary in height from a few centimeters to over 40 cm in height, with many of the original sections little more than underfoot rubble. Apart from the ca 30K of stairs you’ll be challenged by a ca 12K steep trail. The message here is to train for rugged conditions and to be prepared for the worst!
From the excitement of the start line to the solitude of an ancient landscape, the Conquer the Wall Marathon will leave you with an experience that will last forever.
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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