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This week-long community engagement and world-changing adventure caps off with a run across a volcanic backdrop. With some massive social issues to support and meeting some new friends for life – this is an unmissable race for any runner.
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How to enter the Guatemala Impact Marathon

  1. Guatemala Impact Marathon

    Run 42.2km
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  2. Guatemala Impact Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
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  3. Guatemala Impact 10km

    Run 10km
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Guatemala Impact Marathon routes


After five days working and living in our stunning Athletes' Village looking out over the volcanoes of Guatemala – it’s time to run on them. That’s right, this is a tough, beautiful trail running route that will test you and inspire you in equal measure and will take you on a volcanic journey of exploration. To make sure the fun isn't spoiled, not too much will be released about what to expect on the day, but be assured, this won’t be an ‘average’ race…

As always, this is an Impact Marathon, so expect the unexpected!

10km - Starter for 10

This outstanding course winds its way down into the southern lava field. You'll be heading through small farms (fincas) on dusty and rocky trail until you reach where the lava once flowed. The views of the volcano rising above you, pumping out fumes into the sky will live long in the memory. You'll then turn back to take on what has been imaginatively nicknamed the Finca Ascent.

You can run it fast, or run it slow - but remember to savour each step and enjoy the journey.

Half Marathon - 21km - Mountain Ridge

This route heads down to the far side of the lava field - you'll spend half your time running on brittle lava rock that will make for hot race but with plenty to distract you. Uninterrupted views of the worlds' most active volcanoes (literally, to your left and to your right!) and a challenging course.

The out and back nature means you have a ton of high fives coming your way but also a tough hill to look forward as you head back for your glorious finish.

Marathon - 42km - The Beast of Pacaya

There are some courses, that when you run them, will touch your life forever. This route is definitely one of them.

With 2000m climbing up to 2400m altitude to the crater of an active volcano, you'll feel the rumble of the earth beneath your feet and the deep black lava rocks.

From the volcano, you will then head down to the southern lava field and take on kilometre after kilometre that can best be described as ‘running on the moon’.

Event Details

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport (excluding airport)
  • Race Entry
  • Race shirt and medal
  • Project Visits


  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Alcohol, refreshments, and snacks
  • Rest day lunch
  • Airport transfers
Day 1 - Welcome

After your flight arrives in to Guatemala City during the day, you’ll be whisked to our Athletes' Village, a short drive from the UNESCO World Heritage town of Antigua. Here you’ll get to know your fellow travellers whilst enjoying an evening of amazing Guatemalan food and starting to learn more of what you'll be experiencing this week.

Day 2 - El Hato

Wake up to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Agua, Fuego and Acatanango and get into the swing of life at your project. For those wanting to get a feel for the terrain, you can also head out on one of the training runs.

You'll be staying around the Athletes' Village today, visiting the village school of El Hato, to see the immense work SerNiña does in confidence building amongst the children.

In the afternoon, we'll meet the SERES team and begin seeing the methodology and work they do in each community.

Day 3 - To Tecpan & Beyond

Heading off early doors to get to Tecpan, you'll go to a hub town for SERES and one with a group of youth ambassadors who are truly driving change in the community.

From Flor's permaculture training homestead, to the women's rights marches organised by the ambassadors, we never quite know what to expect but what we do know, is that you will be blown away by the drive, the passion and the amazing work of the youth in this community.

Day 4 - The Power of Fuego

After a devastating earthquake in 2018, communities that sat on the slopes of Fuego Volcano were displaced. After the initial support to relocate, these communities are now looking to rebuild their lives in their new community.

Participants will also be visiting the Resilience Farm, to see just how we can use land to create massive, long term and sustainable impact.

Day 5 - Freedom of Antigua

Today is all about resting. In preparation for a tough day ahead, participants will be free to do as they please, travelling into the town of Antigua or relaxing by the pool. In the evening, there will be a race briefing alongside a bucket of pasta, ready for the mammoth day ahead.

Day 6 - Run the Live Volcano

Starting your day nice and early you'll head over to the base of the Pacaya Volcano to start your race. Get ready for stunning views and a fantastic finish-line moment as you complete one of the toughest but most fulfilling races. Reward yourself with a night of fun and partying.

Day 7 - Homecoming

With aches and pains after your long day yesterday, you'll be able to head home using the airport transfers that are included in the ticket price.

Make sure to pack suitable gear for the week's activities and also bear in mind that the races take place at altitude over challenging terrain, so appropriate sports wear should be prepared.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the package options?
There are four options for accommodation: Bring Your Own Tent: Turn up, pitch your tent, and immerse yourself in the full Impact Guatemala experience. Base Camp: Our dormitory style room, is a beautiful cabin with super comfy big beds and a lot of friends to be made. Summit Camp: Perfect for the solo traveller: a big bed, table and light in your own deluxe camping tent. Quetzal Camp: The cabañas and treehouses of the Athletes' Village are legendary, but they sell out FAST!
When is the full payment due?
Full payment is due on the 1st of December 2020.
How much should I aim to raise?
All Impact Runners are requested to raise a minimum of £1000, to ensure that Impact Week will continue and that the legacy in the communities will be long-lasting.

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