26 JANUARY–3 FEBRUARY 2018: KIMBIA KENYA
In The Footsteps Of Runners Of The Highlands: discovery, sharing and trail running.
The adventure allows everyone to find his/her own pace. You can choose between a total distance of 50K walk or run and a 100K run only, equally divided over 5 days.
Each stage you’ll discover many facets of the region located in the northwest of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos.
The races offer a very diverse nature of path & soil: dirt and sandy savannah and hills, villages or parks.
Kimbia Kenya is also an eco-solidarity project. All five stages leave, cross or arrive in a school. Two principles define this eco-solidarity project: logistical and material support to these schools and the organization of exchange and sharing moments between participants and the local population, especially with children of the schools.
There are tourist activities organized during the afternoons for those who still have enough energy after the morning races in order to discover the region of Navaisha, located in the heart of the Rift Valley.
Race info: #KimbiaKenya
23-25 FEBRUARY 2018: THREE CRANES MULTIDAY CHALLENGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
Over the course of 3 days, you’ll cover over 100K in and around the breath-taking Karkloof Nature Reserve.
The run will incorporate roads in and around the Karkloof Nature Reserve, and you can expect easy off-road tracks through forests and grasslands, some trail running through beautiful misty forests and magnificent views as you run along the Gilboa escarpment. The night run will add a new dimension and adventure to this challenge and promises to bring out the adventurer in you!
A single base camp will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge.
The beautiful Karkloof valley is the breeding ground of South Africa’s endangered Cranes. Sadly, all three of South Africa’s Crane species are in decline due to man’s relentless exploitation of their delicate habitat. By running the Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge you will also assist these beautiful birds.
Race info: #ThreeCranes
2-4 MARCH 2018: ADDO ELEPHANT TRAIL RUN, SOUTH-AFRICA
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run wild and free through true African wilderness?
If you are looking for a truly wild trail running adventure, then take on the 100 Mile, 76km or 44km ultra-trail runs through the vast and beautiful Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
Addo is the ONLY national park in the world that can lay claim to having the Big 7 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, southern right whale and the great white shark).
You will be running in areas of the park that are home to a variety of wild animals, and you stand a chance of seeing animals such as kudu, impala, baboons, ostriches, bushbuck, black-backed jackals, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, mountain zebra, warthogs and the largest antelope in the world – the eland! These have all been spotted on the route.
Experience it from a unique perspective.
The trails track the rugged Zuurberg mountains and beautiful valleys of the park, with a large number of river crossings, and some challenging climbs.
You will be challenged to run on a wide range of terrain including single track trails, 4×4 tracks and old jeep tracks within the park itself, as well as some stretches of dirt road.
Race info: #AddoElephantTrailRun
22-26 MARCH 2018: TIZI N’TRAIL, MOROCCO
The Tizi N’Trail is a trail in Morocco that combines performance, solidarity and conviviality. The footrace is held annually since the immediate success of the first edition.
The Tizi N’Trail 2018 will consist of three stages between 20 and 28 km in the region of Essaouira, with a unique view of the Atlas Mountains, sea, desert, lakes, mountains and canyons.
All athletes aged 18 and older in good physical condition can participate in Tizi N’Trail. You can run or hike the course.
The priority of the organization is to offer great courses, outside the known tourist routes, in the most beautiful regions of Morocco, while respecting the environment protecting nature and respecting the people of the host country.
The Tizi N’Trail is not a simple race. You’ll participate in solidarity actions to bring the aid to the local villages population. GO 2 EVENTS provides sports equipment in various forms (clothing, sports shoes, etc.) to rural people during the Tizi N’Trail.
Race info: #TiziNTrail
31 MARCH 2018: TWO OCEANS ULTRA MARATHON SOUTH-AFRICA
The 49th edition of this famous race around the Cape Peninsula.
Distances: Ultra Marathon 56K, Half Marathon 21K, Trail Run 24K and 12K, Fun runs 5.6K and 2.1K
The event attracts close to 26 000 participants across all the distances and provides them with a mixture of breathtaking scenery, a grueling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and an unrivaled race organization and atmosphere.
Participants consistently vote it as one of the best in South Africa and it continues to attract strong fields and an increasing number of international entrants. The event has become synonymous with the Easter Weekend in Cape Town, with the pre-race activities at the expo, family day, and fun runs on Easter Friday. En-route entertainment on the race day provides fun, excitement, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators alike.
International and Africa entrants are invited to participate in the International Friendship Run on Friday, 30 March. This is a free event, and additional guests can be added to your entry at a nominal fee.
All International entrants are invited to meet on Good Friday morning for a scenic 5.6km run/walk through the City of Cape Town, past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, which include the Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point Promenade, Green Point Park and Mouille Point Lighthouse.
Runners from all over the world get into the marathon spirit with their family and friends, who can also participate in the Friendship Run for a nominal fee, jogging with the flags from their various countries.
Race info: #TwoOceansUltra #FriendshipRun
6-16 APRIL 2018: MARATHON DES SABLES, MOROCCO
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”.
Race info: #MDS2018 #MarathonDesSables
22 APRIL 2018: LOSKOP MARATHON, SOUTH-AFRICA
The first Loskop marathon was run as a 46K race in 1979.
Because the Loskop Ultra is a Comrades Marathon qualifying road race, it also attracts elite runners who’re preparing for Comrades.
The 50K Ultra starts in Middelburg and the 21,1K Wild Challenge starts in Loskopdam. Both road races will finish at Loskopdam, a Forever Resort and have a time cut-off of 8 hours.
The qualifying time for Comrades is 6 hours.
The 4,9km Rhino Family Fun Run takes place on Saturday, 21 April 2018, from the start of the 21,1km Wild Challenge (near the Dam wall). This unique run will be towards the Resort along the dam. You may enter on Race day at the start for R35-00 per entry and contribute towards the FRIENDS OF LOSKOP CONSERVATION FUND. No prize money will be awarded, but all finishers will receive a medal. Walkers are also welcome. The Fun Run starts at 06:45.
Current Course Records for the 50km Ultra:
Men: 02:44:03 Josiah Thugwane (2005)
Women: 03:14:37 Thabita Tsatsa (Zim) (2012)
Veteran Men: 02:47:34 Charles Tjiane (2016)
Veteran Women: 03:27:03 Grace de Oliveira (2003)
Race info: #LoskopMarathon
29 APRIL-5 MAY 2018: SAHARA 7 DAYS, 250K FOOTRACE, NAMIBIA
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 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.
Race info: #SaharaRace
4-14 MAY 2018: TRANS ATLAS ULTRA TRAIL MARATHON, MOROCCO
A multi-day 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.
Race info: #TransAtlasMarathon
21-27 MAY 2018: MALAWI IMPACT MARATHON
Choose Malawi and you’ll be joining us on the run of a lifetime in the home of distance-running. Not only will you spend the week on the shores of Lake Malawi (don’t forget your cameras for those epic sunrises and sunsets), you’ll also have time to meet some amazing projects really making a difference to the communities you will be running through and alongside. Empower yourself and use the power of running to help change lives forever.
For the first few days you’ll get stuck into a variety of projects, then after resting up on day 5, you’ll join hundreds of locals for the inaugural Malawi International Marathon!
Distances: 42K, 21K, 10K
This is more than just a race, just wait until you are running along the banks of Lake Malawi, enjoying the Warm Heart of this beautiful continent.
Set in challenging terrain, it’s a sandy, dusty trail race that has enough elevation to keep your legs happy but enough stunning vistas to keep your mind rewarded! Forget about your Personal Best and enjoy every single step of this unique course.
The Athletes’ Village, staffed by the local community, will be your home for the week. You can count on amazing sunrises to kick start each day, rounded off perfectly with sunsets that will render you utterly speechless. Beach BBQs and nightly campfires will be the perfect setting to connect with other runners during the week.
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Race info: #ImpactMarathon #ImpactMarathonMalawi
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27 MAY-4 JUNE 2018: UGANDA MARATHON
A week-long challenge, holiday & festival: adventure, running, volunteering and making a difference.
The Uganda International Marathon is a 7-day adventure in rural Uganda. Come and volunteer, meet the community, make life-long friends, camp under the African skies and run in the birthplace of running.
Support grassroots projects lead by local organizations and make a powerful impact on the community. Organise a sports day for local disadvantaged kids and run with Uganda in the biggest international race in East Africa.
You will stay in a beautiful woodland campsite overlooking stunning scenery with a bar, campfire and open-air mess hall. During the week you’ll party with the locals, eat the food, visit the community and experience African hospitality at its finest!
Distances: full marathon, half marathon, 10K
Race info: #UgandaMarathon
10 JUNE 2018: COMRADES MARATHON, SOUTH AFRICA
The Comrades Marathon in South-Africa is world’s oldest and largest Ultramarathon, with a history and tradition comparable to the Boston Marathon.
An Ultra Marathon run over a distance of 87.7K (56.1mi), between the coastal city of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province.
The race alternates yearly between the “up run” from Durban and the “down run” from Pietermaritzburg.
23 JUNE 2018: 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.
Race info: #BigFiveMarathon
27-28 JULY 2018: WASHIE 100, SOUTH AFRICA
As the first full moon slowly approaches to be on its brightest and most magnificent in July, a group of hard-core and tough ultra-runners are possibly nervously tweaking some final touches to their now nearly done training schedule for the infamous and world-renowned WASHIE 100 miler, described as “Road to hell”!
This is a 161.37 km route in Port Alfred, with a total ascent of 2021.41 m and a maximum elevation of 273.89 m.
Cut-off time 26 hrs.
The temporary new route for 2018 gives a unique opportunity to compete in a “fast” point2point 100mile race.
Registration opens in April.
Washie 100 is part of the 5 Continents Grand Slam, also including (Sweden (TEC), Chile (Atacama Xtreme), Australia (GNW 100) and Israel (Sovek Emek).
“To do the 5 Continents Grand Slam is wanting to transcend the boundaries in the way to live the sport of Ultra Marathon as life experience. We are surrounded by conflict, poverty, inequality and much-unappreciated beauty.
This circuit is a union proposal through sports. A form of tolerance, communication and friendship among athletes, using a really extreme challenge,” the initiators say.
These races with a total of 800 km in the most interesting places of the world, could be done in 1, 2 or 3 years.
19-29 AUGUST 2018: KILIMANJARO STAGE RUN, TANZANIA
Join Simon Mtuy, Tanzania’s foremost trail runner, expert mountain guide, and world-record holder shares 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.
Race info: #KilimanjaroStageRun
8 SEPTEMBER 2018: MONT-AUX-SOURCES CHALLENGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
This prestigious 50km cross-country trail run takes place in the Royal Natal Park, part of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site – home to the endangered Bearded Vultures.
The Bearded Vulture once roamed freely from the Cape of Good Hope, along the eastern mountain spine of Africa, and into northwest Africa. Now it is thought that the only population left in the Southern Hemisphere, resides in our isolated and rugged Maluti-Drakensberg highlands.
50% of the entry fee is donated to the protection of the habitat of the now less than 100 Bearded Vulture pairs that are left.
the Old Mutual Wild Series Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge is a toughie, but it’s definitely worth the blood, sweat and tears, and will certainly be an experience of a lifetime.
Expect to run through some of our country’s most rugged and beautiful scenery. Your route will take you through the Mahai Valley and up towards the escarpment where you will have to tackle the chain ladders and then scramble down the Gully. This race is a spectacular adventure, and worth every ache you will suffer!
Race info: #montauxsources
18-28 OCTOBER 2018: KALAHARI AUGRABIES EXTREME MARATHON (KAEM), SOUTH-AFRICA
Run in the footsteps of the ancient Bushmen!
An adventurous multi-staged footrace for avid and first-time trail runners, that’s held annually in October in the breath-taking landscape of South Africa’s “Green Kalahari”.
During the 19th edition of this 7-day self-sufficient challenge you’ll cover an approximate total distance of 250km.
Known as the ‘Big Daddy’ in the South African running fraternity, KAEM is one of the oldest and most respected extreme marathons on the International Trail Running calendar.
The race takes place in the Kalahari Desert in the proximity of the Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The route traverses the Augrabies Falls National Park, Dabaras as well as private farmlands. This unique and contrasting environment with average day temperatures reaching in excess of 40°C and dropping to below 5°C at night presents a daunting challenge to the extreme athlete and determined adventurer alike.
The terrain varies from flat plains, fertile valleys, rocky mountainous outcrops and sandy desert.
Areas covered will include a wildlife sanctuary, private farmlands and cultivated vineyards.
The 250km is divided into 6 stages, ranging from 25km to 48km each day, with one exception of ca 75km.
Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event.
Participation is limited to 100 entrants.
Race info: #KAEM
1-2 DECEMBER 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL CAPE TOWN (UTCT), WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
The host city Cape Town is a world-class destination that features highly on any ‘must visit’ list. Cape Town is shaped by two oceans and Table Mountain National Park, a dramatic mountain chain that stretches from Table Bay in the North to Cape Point in the South. UTCT ventures deep into Table Mountain National Park, while always keeping the athlete connected to the city and its famous landmarks. With 90% of the race on trails, the route is designed to have the runners and spectators always in contact with the city.
Because of the training commitment that goes into ultras of this nature, the runners ultimately want to be rewarded by racing in iconic destinations that offer beautiful scenery and that are renowned tourist destinations. Cape Town offers all this and more.
Race info: #UTCT
1-2 DECEMBER: BOA VISTA ULTRA Trail, Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Boa Vista, the island closest to the African continent of the Cape Verde archipelago, with just over 12,000 inhabitants, is one of the last terrestrial paradises. This event is an opportunity to learn about the true nature of this beautiful land, among deserts, salt marshes, ocean, small villages and idyllic landscapes that can only be found here.
You can participate in one of three races:
the 150K Ultra Marathon traces the circumnavigation of the island,
the 70K Salt Marathon with the arrival located in one of the last saltworks of the island,
and the 42K Eco-Marathon that will bring athletes in a pristine nature between the ocean and the desert.
Three routes with a unique scenery, with miles to run on constantly changing grounds: dirt roads that become desert dunes, smolders that turn into streets, all in self-sufficiency.
The race traverses desert terrain and so climate and environmental conditions are extreme. During the day, temperatures get above 30 degrees but can fall as low as 10 degrees at night. So you will need to bring all the necessary kit to cope with this temperature difference in your backpack.
The Boa Vista Ultra Trail means competing with the wild nature of the island, and against yourself. An experience that leaves its mark.
Boa Vista is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2019.
By completing the 150K race you’ll earn 5 ITRA points and if you finish the 75K race you’ll get 2 ITRA points.
Race info: #BoaVistaUtraTrail
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