The most famous ultra trail races!

March 14th, 2021

The most famous ultra trail races!

Are you a lover of trail running and adventure sports? There are many trail run races held each year, but only a few have the prestige of being considered the most famous and recognized internationally, not only because they give runners from all over the world the opportunity to truly get into nature, but also , in addition, the opportunity to take on the challenge of overcoming all kinds of slopes and slopes of mountains, deserts, rivers and other different natural settings, allowing them to show the world -and themselves- that they are experienced athletes, with the most optimal physical conditions, and with a talented mind focused on sports.

Long distances on trails around the world are covered by trail runners year after year off-piste, and this time we have gathered the most recognized of all, but also some of the most exciting, difficult and eccentric. Read on and discover the most famous and demanding trail run races in the world!

EVEREST TRAIL RACE

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Name:
Everest Trail Race (ETR).
Duration:
6 days.
Distance:
170 Km.
Travel:
In Road bookFrom the ETR, the final route is established and delivered on site to the participants on the first day in Kathmandu.
Location:
Himalayas of Nepal, in the Solukhumbu area; contemplate between 2000 and 4100 meters of altitude.
Structure:
Six stages of approximately 25 km, 26 km, 30 km, 27.5 km, 32 km, and 30 km, respectively, and accumulated positive and negative (+/-) daily slopes that can range from 3600 m to 5400 m.

General description:

The Everest Trail Race (ETR) is one of the most important ultra trail running competitions at an international level that welcomes runners of all kinds of abilities, as it offers freedom of pace, freedom of own material and long closing times in the checkpoints and in the final goal. But do not be fooled ... because this does not mean that the difficulty is not hard! Undoubtedly, its participants must be very well used to walking or running with good rhythm and technique for long distances, for a long time and for considerable slopes. One of the most interesting things about this race, among so many that this great spot in the Himalayas of Nepal already offers, is that it has a parallel program for companions that allows them to travel together, and also make a section of the trekking route together with the corridors, which travels between 2000 and 4100 m high. The area can only be accessed on foot, as has been the historical tradition of its inhabitants of the Solukhumbu population, who also support and collaborate in the test together with the entire official logistics team. Without a doubt, the landscape is one of the great protagonists… Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Tamserku, Kangtega, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, in addition to all its interesting cultural and geographical corners, among its towns, roads and monasteries.

ULTRA-TRAIL MONT-BLANC (UTMB)

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Name:
Ultra-Trail of Mont-Blanc.
Distance:
172 Km approx.
ramp:
Positive slope of 10.000 m.
Duration:
7 days.
Location:
The Alps, through France, Italy and Switzerland.
Structure:
1 route, 7 tests: The UTMB® (170km 10000mD +), the CCC® (101km 6100mD +), the TDS® (145km 9100mD +), the OCC (56km 3500mD +), the PTL® (300km 25mD +), the MCC (000km 40mD +) and the YCC (2300km 15mD +).

General description:

The Mont-Blanc Ultra-Trail (UTMB) is a mountain ultramarathon of about 172 km and a positive difference of about 10.000 meters held annually in the Alps, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. The Mont-Blanc Ultra-Trail is considered one of the most prestigious Trail Running competitions at an international level, in which its thousands of participants cross France, Italy and Switzerland showing all their talent and dedication. With 2.000 volunteers from 15 different countries, 18 French, Italian or Swiss municipalities from the Pays du Mont-Blanc, the event is successfully completed each year in front of its thousands and thousands of spectators. Since 2006, a second race (Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix) has started to be organized with half the route. For its part, a third race was incorporated in 2009, known as the "Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie" (TDS), supervised by the same organization. Without a doubt, a unique experience and an unmistakable physical and spiritual adventure for all Ultratrail lovers.

VAL D'ARAN by UTMB.

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Name:
Val D'Aran by UTMB.
Duration:
3 days.
Distance:
160 Km.
Location:
The Arán Valley, the northern slope of the central Pyrenees in Lleida (Catalonia, Spain).
Structure:
It consists of 3 races, an additional short route of 15 km and 2 recreational sports events.
Events and races:

  • VDA 162 Torn dera Val d 'Aran (162k / D + 10.600m) Start and finish in Vielha.
  • CDH 105 Camins de Her(105K / d + 6.500M) Exit Les. Meta Vielha.
  • PDA 55 Peades dera Aigua(55k / D + 3.100m) Beret exit. Meta Vielha.
  • SKY 15 Km Baqueira Beret(15 Km / D + 800) Beret
  • Trail Festival Baqueira Beret(Outdoor festival for friends and companions)
  • Trail Expo(International outdoor festival)

General description:

"Welcome to the wild side of the mountain" is the motto of the event organized by the UTBM, and held annually in the essence of the Pyrenees. The Val d'Aran by UTMB® is a relatively new mountain running event, which is part of the international events labeled “by UTMB®”, that is, it is part of the international trail running circuit Ultra-Trail® World Tour. The different races that make up the trail running event base their philosophy on the 4 elements: "Air, fire, earth and water", which are the elements that you find throughout your journey during your experience in the Arán Valley. The official route is always scheduled in advance and available to the public to download on the official website of Val D'Aran by UTMB. However, the route may vary due to weather conditions or the state of the terrain, so each participant must ensure that they have downloaded the most up-to-date version. Without a doubt, an unforgettable adventure in the Aran Valley!

TRANSROCKIES RUN

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Name:
Under Armor TransRockies Run.
Duration:
6 days.
Distance:
193.121 Km (120 miles).
Slope:
6858 m (22,500 ft).
Location:
The continental divide between Buena Vista and Beaver Creek, traversing the Colorado Rockies. (Colorado, United States).
Structure:
It is part of the TransRockies Racing series (The TransRockies Race Series). The Transrockies Run takes place at an elevation of between 7.400 and 12.600 feet above sea level and its final route is announced moments before the event.

Description:

The Under Armor TransRockies Run or just Transrockies Run is one of the main competitions of the “TransRockies Race Series " , known as North America's premier cycling, trail running and mountain bike racing series. In itself, the TransRockies Run is a 120 mile (193.121Km) stage trail running race through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with breathtaking views along the route that covers an elevation of between 7.400 and 12.600 feet. It lasts 6 days and crosses the continental divide between Buena Vista and Beaver Creek. With a capacity of only 350 runners, the event sells out quickly each year. Those who do manage to attend are immersed in one of the funniest and most exciting “running vacations” of their lives, forging unforgettable memories and moments between stages, as well as in rest camps, where they can celebrate and socialize with the rest. of participants. The organizers of the Under Armor TransRockies Run design a dynamic and challenging course taking advantage of the spectacular mountain that they have for it. The normal thing is that they offer an estimated guideline of stages but this is only to inspire the competitors. To generate more intrigue and a level playing field, the actual tour is kept secret until just moments before the event kicks off. For everyone it will be a new challenge and a completely exciting adventure!

THE COASTAL CHALLENGE

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Name:
The Coastal Challenge.
Duration:
6 days.
Location:
The tropical Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Structure:
Expedition Run | 236km | 10363.2m elevation (34,000ft)
Day 1: 35k | 1018 m elevation gain | 886 m negative elevation gain
Day 2: 40k | 1989 m elevation gain | 1984 m negative elevation gain
Day 3: 44k | 1856 m elevation gain | 1705 m negative elevation gain
Day 4: 37k | 2466 m elevation gain | 2424 m negative elevation gain
Day 5: 52k | 1767 m elevation gain | 1770 m negative elevation gain
Day 6: 23k | 613 m elevation gain | 613 m negative elevation gain
Adventure Run | 155km | Elevation 3992.88m (13,100ft)
Day 1: 35k | 1018m positive slope | 886m negative elevation gain
Day 2: 20km | 236m positive slope | 371m negative elevation gain
Day 3: 12.5k | 161m positive slope | 174m negative elevation gain
Day 4: 19k | 771m positive slope | 1594m negative elevation gain
Day 5: 33k | 1203m positive slope | 1213 negative slope
Day 6: 23k | 613m positive slope | 613 negative slope

General description:

The Coastal Challenge (TCC) is a trail running race in stages that proposes a route through tropical forests, jungle, rivers and sandy beaches, with a duration of 6 days, each one with a different distance that changes in each of its editions yearly. Race time is cumulative, and each day is timed from start to finish. At the end of the race, the time of each day is added to obtain the total time of arrival.

The tour runs along the tropical Pacific coast of Costa Rica, but occasionally enters the Talamanca, a coastal mountain range in the extreme southwest of the country. In general, jungle and tropical forest trails will be traversed, mountain trails and individual trails will be run through ridge lines, through highlands and coastal mountain ranges; there will be beaches, rocky outcrops and reefs, river crossings, and kilometers of river that competitors will have to overcome in different sections of the course. The race ends in the Corcovado National Park, one of the main extensions of rainforest in the world, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MARATHON DES SABLES

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Name:
Marathon des Sables.
Duration:
7 days.
Distance:
Covers an estimated 250 km distance.
Location:
Sahara Desert, Morocco.
Structure:
There are 6 stages, of which five go between 20 and 40 km and a stage of about 80 km.

Description:

The Maratón des Sables (MDS) (in Spanish, Marathon de las Arenas) is a trail run race held in Morocco and divided into stages, considered one of the toughest races in the world. It consists of a route of 250 kilometers that can be completed by running or walking, and has a duration of 7 days in total developed in the middle of the Sahara Desert, where the temperature reaches 40 ° C or more during the day. It is a test of self-sufficiency, so each of its 800 runners must bring their own food, sleeping bag and other tools. It has 6 stages, of which 5 range between 20 and 40 kilometers and also includes a final stage of about 80 kilometers. Although the course of the race changes annually, it generally always consists of rocky plains, dry riverbeds, and sandy dunes; occasionally the participants also pass through the odd small town in the area. Historically, it is organized in Morocco by the French Patrick Bauer since 1986.

TEMPLIERS FESTIVAL

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Name:
The Grand Trail des Templiers.
Duration:
7 days.
Location:
Millau, France.
Structure:
12 races.

General description:

The Grand Trail des Templiers (in Spanish, Festival of the Knights Templar) is perhaps one of the oldest and most prestigious trail running competitions in Europe. Held annually since its first edition in 1995, the Festival des Templiers brings together more than 12.000 participants in a 3-day festival structured in 12 races in total. Millau, the place where this splendid sporting event takes place, has become the main French city in terms of sport. All the landscapes have a very emblematic aspect, with secret passages, castles, haunted villages and small towns that immerse you in a chivalric atmosphere among amazing landscapes such as the Dourbie gorges, the Larzac cliffs, and the Owl Cave.

BUFF® EPIC TRAIL VALL DE BOÍ

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Name:
Buff Epic Trail Vall de Boi.
Duration:
4 days.
Location:
Boí Valley (Barruera, Spain).
Structure:
The BUFF® Epic Trail is part of the Mountain Buff Festival. It consists of 5 races (KV, 68 km, 42 km, 26 km and 12 km) that run almost exclusively on trails.
BUFF® Epic Trail 12 KM:Short distance race, not very technical and popular. See trails without difficulty and with a total of 480 m of accumulated unevenness
BUFF® Epic Trail 26 KM:Medium distance race. Technical route, with 3.600 m of accumulated unevenness.
BUFF® Epic Trail 42 KM:Marathon distance race. Technical route, with 2.900 m of positive unevenness and 5.600 m of accumulated unevenness.
BUFF® Epic Trail 68 KM:68 km foot race and more than 10.000 meters of unevenness. Circular route through the peripheral area of ​​the Aigüestortes National Park and the mountains that surround the Boí Taüll ski resort. It must be completed in less than 17 hours.
BUFF® Epic Trail KV (KV World Championships):2.8 km race approx. and 1.000 m of positive elevation gain.

General description:

Buff Mountain Festival has a wide number of activities open to all audiences in the Roi Valley. His main race is the BUFF® Epic Trail, a trail running race of 68 km and more than 10.000 meters of unevenness. Its circular route takes place in the peripheral area of ​​the Aigüestortes National Park and in the mountains that surround the Boí Taüll ski resort. It is a very demanding and high-level trail competition, suitable only for mountain runners who have the adequate physical preparation to resist the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees. In general, the BUFF® Mountain Festival, brings together sports, family and mountains with an endless number of recreational activities for the whole family, from the most competitive such as MTB, duathlon or climbing, to the more participatory ones such as rafting, canyoning, workshops, trekking and musical atmosphere.

OLYMPUS MARATHON

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Name:
Olympus Marathon.
Duration:
10h
Distance:
44 Km.
Slope:
+3200 m.
Location:
Mount Olympus, Litochoro (Greece).


General description:

The Olympus Marathon is an internationally renowned trail running race, especially known for evoking a historical theme based on ancient Greece. It is a demanding mountain marathon that relives the pilgrimage of the ancient Greeks to Mount Olympus, which they ascended every year to honor the god Zeus. Today the athletes who participate in the Olympus Marathon relive Greek history on the trails of Mount Olympus in a total route of 44 km and +3200 meters of positive elevation that departs at dawn from Dion, a small town full of ruins sacred, making a section by road to the slopes of Mount Olympus. Once up, the participants arrive at the Throne of Zeus where a descent of more than 20 km begins; the most vertiginous are the last 14 km between Prionia and Litochoro. You will certainly feel that you are running alongside the gods!

ULTRAMARATHON OF TRANSVULCANIA

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Name:
Transvulcania Ultramarathon.
Distance:
74,33 Km.
Slope:
Positive cumulative elevation gain of 4.350 m and a negative cumulative elevation gain of 4.057 m.
Location:
La Palma, Canary Islands (Spain).


General description:

Transvulcania is a demanding long-distance race considered one of the toughest and most vertiginous mountain ultramarathons in the Canary Islands, as well as one of the most important trail competitions in Spain. The total route is 74,6 km long and has a cumulative unevenness of 8525 m. However, the Transvulcania as a sporting event includes different modalities including Ultramarathon, Marathon, Half Marathon and Kilometer Vertical. The main race of the route begins at the Fuencaliente Lighthouse along the GR 131 Long Distance (Ruta del Bastón) trail to the Puerto de Tazacorte, from which point it connects with the GR 130 (Camino Real de la Costa) to the finish line in the Plaza de España in Los Llanos de Aridane. As a sine qua non condition, runners must go through more than 10 checkpoints located along the road, always considering the closing time of each one. It has been celebrated on the Island of La Palma since 2009 and has the participation of thousands of national and international runners. Transvulcania has been scoring for the Mountain Racing World Championship since 2012.


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