4-6 JANUARY 2018: S1 TRAIL LA CORSA DELLA BORA, ITALY
Enjoy unique panoramas of the magnificent Gulf of Trieste between Italy and the Slovenian highlands, in an alternation of fast terrain, steep ascents, fast descends reminding the Dolomites, and breathtaking views over a turquoise sea.
A tough path, rigid conditions, but full of surprises.
The 164K Ipertrail is about choosing the right strategy. The fastest and the most skillful wins. Not just the fastest.
Start whenever you want, decide your race strategy. The stopwatch starts with you.
Other Distances: 57K, 21K, 8K
Race info: #S1Trail
21-25 FEBRUARY 2018: 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).
1 APRIL 2018: ALEXANDER THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, GREECE
This race in Thessaloniki connects the past with the present, crossing within 42 km over 2.500 years of Macedonian history and Hellenism. Run from past to present, along remains of the Royal Palaces, tombs and golden treasures and discover Alexander’s the Great Heritage.
The International Marathon “ALEXANDER THE GREAT” refers to the route Pella-Thessaloniki.
Pella is the ancient capital of Macedonia and the birthplace of the great Commander, whereas Thessaloniki is the modern Hellenic metropolis of Macedonia and the second largest city of Greece. It was founded in 316 BC and named after the sister of Alexander the Great.
The International Marathon is a member of the International Marathons Association (AIMS) and has the Bronze IAAF Marathon road race label. Apart from the full Marathon distance, you can join a 5K and 10K race.
20-22 APRIL 2018: 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 forest, with some asphalt as well. One lap is 11.5km so you will run 7, 14 or 28 depending on your choice of distance!
28 APRIL 2018: ULTRA MILANO-SANREMO 175-mile, ITALY
Europe’s longest point-to-point road ultramarathon 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 days.It’s not the right race for people who’re quite new to ultrarunning.
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
16 JUNE 2018: 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.
26 MAY 2018: ELTON ULTRA TRAIL, LAKE ELTON, RUSSIA
This loop race around the saltiest lake in Europe and across the semi-desert of Russia is more than just a race challenging athletes’ endurance; it’s a true fight with yourself. Elton is an Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) classified trail race that takes place under extreme climate conditions. The temperature averagely hits +40 degrees centigrade so consider your regular marathon being just a light warm up!
You can choose from a 42K master race, an 82K night race and an ultimate 100 mile ultra.
21-23 JUNE 2018: LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL, CORTINA D’AMPEVENETO, 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
27 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER 2018: 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
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.
12-14 OCTOBER 2018: ŁEMKOWYNA ULTRA-TRAIL
One of the wildest trail running competitions in Beskid Niski, Poland; 5 distances up to 150km.
Registration for the 2018 edition will be open from January 18th until September 6th or earlier if spots are filled up.
The race starts in Krynica-Zdrój, known as the „pearl among the Polish health-resorts” and one of the most important resort towns in Poland with its unique beauty of nature, complex culture and fascinating traditions that has been stealing
visitors’ hearts for over 220 years of its existence.
For ŁUT 150 you need to prove your UTMB points (at least 3 points obtained in no more than two races, 6 points according to new ITRA system) or mountain running experience.
Where: Krynica-Zdrój, Beskid Niski, Poland
When: 12-14 October 2018
Time Limit-Distance: 35hrs-150K / 22hrs-80K / 13hrs-70K / 8hrs-48K / 5hrs-30K
Elevation: +5860/-5970m / 4460+-m / 2520+-m / +1400/-1310m / +740/-735m
Race info: #LUT150
11 NOVEMBER 2018: ATHENS MARATHON, GREECE
The traditional story relates that Pheidippides (530 BC–490 BC) was sent to Sparta to request help when the Persians landed at Marathon, Greece. He ran about 240 km (150 mi) in 36 hours. He then ran the 40 km (25 mi) from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) with the word νικῶμεν (“We have won”), to then collapse and die, probably from exhaustion and dehydration and lack of fuel.
To honor Pheidippides, the Marathon was initiated. It was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921, with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles and 385 yards).
The Athens Marathon, which is held every year in November, still follows the route from Marathon to Athens, though not exactly the way Pheidippides ran it. The course includes 20 km of hills and even steep elevation.
Apart from the full marathon, there’s a 10 and 5 km distance to choose from.
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.
Heroes Ultra is an official qualifying race for Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2018, awarding a maximum 6 points.
The video in this article is embedded with permission of the International Spartathlon Association (I.S.A.) which holds all copyrights.
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