There are some fantastic ultra-trails and ultra-marathons across the world, and if you are tired of London, Paris and New York, why not run something different in 2016 on one of the World’s Best Ultra Trails & Marathons…
January: If you usually overindulge at Christmas, why not plan your first ultra for January, and join the Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail. A 100km endurance race across ancient forests, beautiful beaches, and unspoilt nature reserves, this event on the Sai Kung Peninsula will take place on 23rd January 2016.
February: Set to take place on 27th February 2016, the 80km Hillary Trail is one of New Zealand’s most iconic events. A tough race with over 3,700m climbing, The Hillary is both mentally and physically demanding, but then, ultra-marathon runners wouldn’t have it any other way!
March: Referred to as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa, remains a firm favourite with international runners. Next year’s event will take place on Easter Weekend (25th and 26th March), and entries for the race will open on 21st October 2015.
April: One for the Bucket List, the Salt Flats 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, United States, will have you running across the world-famous salt lakes, across lunar landscapes, over mountains, and you will even cross into Nevada briefly. Put 29th April in your running diary!
May: If you want to run one of the world’s best marathons next spring, head down to Australia for The North Face 100 on 11th May. Offering 2 iconic trails (50km and 100km) through the Blue Mountains National Park, this fantastic event will take you past the world-famous 3 Sisters Rock Formation, and show you the very best of what New South Wales has to offer.
June: One of the best months of the year for marathon running in the UK, June sees the SW100 in Cardiff. A 100 mile ultra-trail across the Brecon Beacons, it’s a demanding race that only experienced runners should undertake, but the views of the Welsh Valleys are worth every breath.
July: Austria is famous for its mountains, and on the 22nd July 2016, you will have the opportunity to scale the highest of them all on the Grossglockner Ultra-Trail. With 110kms, 7000m ascent, and just 29 hours do it in, this is not for everyone, but if you are thinking of giving it a go, let us know, we’ll come by and support you!
August: On 8th and 9th August 2016, the Patagonia Run will get underway in San Martin de los Andes in Neuquen, Argentina. A non-stop mountain trail for individuals, it offers six distances ranging from 10k all the way up to 120k, across some of the most stunning landscapes in the world – the Andes Patagonia.
September: Canada hosts many fantastic running events, and during the month of September, you can lose your soul with the Lost Soul Ultra in Alberta! A 100 mile or 100km race through hills, valleys and quiet countryside prairies, this is a spectacular event!
October: If you fancy taking part in the “world’s toughest endurance race”, then you have just 13 months to prepare for the Jungle Marathon 2016. Set to take place on 1st October in Para, Brazil, this one-day 254km run through the Amazon jungle is not for the fainthearted! You can expect temperatures of around 40°C, 99% humidity, and river crossings with piranhas and anacondas!
November: If you prefer trail or road, then you are going to love the Skyrun 100, one of South Africa’s major sporting events that takes place in the Drakensburg Mountain Range. A 1-day, 100km event, it is open to just 250 runners, so you will need to be quick to secure your place for 2016.
December: If you have completed all of the above, you can take December off! Otherwise, get yourself on down to Madagascar for the Nosy Be Trail. At just 60km, this should be a breeze!