Category Archives: Multi-day

Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon race report

Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race ultramarathon India running Nepal

Once again, organizers of the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon have produced a perfectly orchestrated event, in spite of this ultramarathon taking place in a logistically challenged country. Registration is restricted at this race, especially in recent years, as one of the huts where racers stay at the race high point at Sandakphu (3636 m/12,000’) has burnt down. For 2016 – the 26th running of this race – there were 36 entrants. Six of those

Cape Wrath Ultra, Scotland: 400 hard-earned km over eight days

Near-perfect weather conditions led to a higher-than-predicted finish rate for Scotland’s inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra – a 400 km staged ultramarathon through the rugged Scottish Highlands. Race report by Press Release, photos by Ian Corless. Marcus Scotney (UK), ran down the track towards the Cape Wrath lighthouse at 11:05 on Sunday 29th May, and was cheered into the finish of the first Cape Wrath Ultra™ by a small group of fellow runners, media, and race staff. Running strongly, he arrived in the lighthouse

Scotland’s Cape Wrath Ultra starts tomorrow: 400 km in eight days (with a bit of mountain!)

[By Rob Howard,] The inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra is about to begin and it is going to take 95 brave ultra runners on the journey of lifetime through the wild landscapes of North-West Scotland. The race is organised by Ourea Events, the company which revived the Dragon’s Back Race in Wales so successfully in 2012. That race is justifiably renowned as one of the world’s toughest multi-day ultras and the Cape Wrath Ultra is of the same pedigree –

The Coastal Challenge: Six-day staged ultramarathon along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast

Ultramarathon runners who have completed MDS, and even a former Badwater champion, swear up and down that TCC is much harder! And don’t let the “coastal” part of The Coastal Challenge fool you: the route heads inland every day, up into the foothills of Costa Rica’s 3000+m Talamanca Range before coming back down. TCC is probably one of the toughest staged ultramarathons on the planet, between the nearly 10,000 m of elevation gain/loss and the extremely technical nature of the

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon – a one-week staged race in record-setting heat!

The 16th running of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a 7-day 250 km staged ultramarathon, more than lived up to its name. South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is already a hot part of the world. Runners were warned to expect temperatures possibly into the 40s (and potentially down to freezing at night). But an unprecedented heat wave, seeing temperatures well into the mid-50s (around 130°F), created truly extreme conditions for racers – conditions that, for some, became life-threatening. The past few

The Golden Ultra: A tough but stunning three-day staged ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies

Wow, what an experience! New races are always a bit risky to attend, but the Golden Ultra blew everyone away, both for the incredible mountain routes we travelled and for its like-clockwork organization. The Golden Ultra is a three-day staged ultramarathon, which takes place in the Rocky Mountains of central British Columbia – around an 8-hour drive west from Vancouver, or around 2.5 hours east from Calgary. The race is centred around the town of Golden (pop. 4000, elevation 758

The Squamish 50k and 50 mile ultramarathons (some runners did both!)

[Photos by] You can tell when your Race Directors are also ultramarathon runners. Well, RDs Gary Robbins and Geoff Langford sure put on a slick show at the Squamish 50 last week! Squamish is located about halfway between the city of Vancouver and the ski resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. It’s a mountain town on the coast, and a favored destination for rock climbers, mountain bikers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. With hundreds of km of mountain trails, it’s the

The Coastal Challenge, Costa Rica, February 2-7 2014: A six day, 225 kilometre run through the rainforest

Costa Rica ultramarathon The Coastal Challenge running rainforest

[By Steve Bremner] This was my fourth Coastal Challenge and second time running the Rainforest Route. There are two routes for this six-day staged ultramarathon: the Route of Fire starts in the middle of Costa Rica and after climbing a volcano angles to its finish in the northwest corner of the country on the coast near the border with Nicaragua.  The Rainforest Route begins at Manuel Antonio about midway on the Pacific coast, and with forays into the coastal range

Guadarun: 6-day, 150 km staged ultramarathon on the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe ultramarathon running

This was my second time running Guadarun “Marathon des Iles” – but this time I was here on the gorgeous Caribbean island chain to run it with my partner, Dave. The race is a six-day staged ultramarathon, unique in two ways. One is that each stage is on a different one of Guadeloupe’s islands – and each island is unique in terms of terrain, climate and culture. The other is that the distances for Guadarun are a bit shorter than