Races of the week - April 11-17

Each week, ITRA proposes to discover trail-running races around the world. This week, we are going to travel from Croatia to Australia, but also Colombia and Chile. The world is trail !

Ultra Fiord / Chile 

Ultra Fiord is an international Trail Running event that takes place in the extreme southern end of Chilean Patagonia; a long journey that enters into the magical world of fjords. This region of the planet is characterised by thousands of kilometers of fjords, formed by the passage of gigantic glaciers since thousands of years ago. This is possibly the country’s “best-kept secret.” The journey into the world of fiords is both magical and mystical, as Genis Zapater (3rd place winner of 70K Ultra Fiord 2015) described, “This entire section floated below a forest worthy of being its own Lord of the Rings, which I was advancing through with goosebumps.

This is a trail running event where each runner will need a sense of adventure to come face to face with one of the wildest natural landscapes, shaped by the unpredictable weather conditions and challenging terrains of Southern Patagonia. On the race course, runners will traverse across rivers, mud, peat bogs, glacier-filled mountains and big rocks, pushing your limits through a unique experience that is both rewarding and self-transcending...

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100 Miles of Istria / Croatia 

The 100 Miles of Istria stretches from the eastern part of Istria, over its highest mountain down to the mainland, and ends on the western part of the peninsula in the city of Umag. Along the route runners will experience every possible aspect of trail running – really technical terrain, a little bit of coastering, old medieval towns, deep forests, city centres, old train route, muddy valleys, all spiced up with breathtaking panoramas. The course starts in the 3000 years old town Labin, climbs the Učka mountain and descends in Buzet.

After the well-deserved rest, the trail leads the participants to the smallest town in the world, the town of Hum,  then to the medieval pearl Motovun and back to the finish in Umag.

For other runners who don't want to start the 100 Miles, they'll have the choice between a 110 Km, a 69 Km, a 42 Km and a 5 Km races.


Mount Buller Mountain Running Festival / Australia

Experience some of the most spectacular alpine trail running within close proximity of Melbourne...

The Mount Buller Skyrun offers three unique runs. Runners can start with a 22 km introductory trail run from Mount Buller to Mount Stirling and back. They also can choose a 36 km mid distance course from Mount Buller to Mount Stirling and then a quad busting descent to the Delatite River before a gut wrenching 1200m climb to the summit of Mount Buller.

A 45 km ultra course is also available. The race takes in Mount Stirling, Craigs Hut, with great views over the Crosscut Saw and the Bluff, a scenic jog along the banks of the Delatite River and a final crushing climb to the summit of Mount Buller itself before an exhilarating 2 km descent to the finish line.

All up an exhilarating day trip from Melbourne !


Merrell Trail Tour / Colombia

The Merrell Trail Tour is one of the most prestigious mountain marathon of Colombia.

The race takes place at high altitude compared to sea level, all competition develops between 2630 m and 3415 m. The epicenter of the race is the eastern range of the Colombian Andes. For the 4th edition of the race, more than 2000 runners will be on the start line this year. Saul Antonio Padoue, winner of the 42 Km las year, will try to cross the finish line in 1st postion again !


Other races also this week on the international calendar : http://itra.run/page/290/Calendar.html

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