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Now in it’s 2nd year, our Guatemala race is the ultimate way to explored this surprising, challenged by beautiful nation!

This is not just any race, it's a week-long community engagement and world-changing adventure. This is your chance to link in with the exciting Guatemalan culture and create a platform for change. Embrace the nation, learn its history and help develop the discussions and the opportunities to build a strong future for the country!

You’ll be treated to the usual blend of stunning locations, hugely impactful volunteering and the hardest race of your life. With a volcanic backdrop, some massive social issues to support and meeting 50 brand new friends for life – this will be an unmissable race for any runner.

Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km options available and the week runs from 4th-10th March with the race on 9th March!

How to enter the Guatemala Impact Marathon Series

  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 Series 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, we are plotting 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. It’s not our style to reveal too much about what to expect on the day – that’d spoil the fun. But be assured, we don’t make ‘average’ races…

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

10km - Beginners Welcome

This outstanding course winds it's 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 can run it fast, or run it slow - but remember to savour each step and enjoy the journey.

Half Marathon - 21km - Things are hotting up....

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. Uninterupted 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, they touch your life forever. This route is absolutely one of them.

With 2000m climbing up to 2400m altitude to the crater of an active volcano, where you 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

What’s Included
    6 nights
    All food and water
    All in country travel
    Race entry
    Full itinerary

*Excluded are international flights, visas, travel insurance, alcohol and incidentals.



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. We like to keep much of the week’s activities a surprise, so we’ll be revealing lots more over a glass of Gallo beer this evening.

Day 2 - To Tecpan and Beyond

Wake up to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Agua, Fuego and Acatanango and get into the swing of life at your project. The morning yoga session is one of the many highlights of the trip, simply unmissable. For those wanting to get a feel for the terrain, you can also head out on one of our training runs. Then the project work begins, depending on your selected UN Global Goal you'll be working with organisations in the region to bring about change in their communities.

This is what the Impact Marathon experience is all about - seeing exactly where your fundraising is going, how it is changing lives and why it is so powerful. It brings to life the challenges faced and what we can do to support some amazing people as they fight to empower their communities.

Day 3 - The Power of Fuego

Now we, traditionally, get a bit dirty. We get stuck in and physically support the work of our charities. Our Community Impact Projects are now legendary, from digging a 5km water pipeline to bring water to the village, to putting first shovels in the dirt on a visionary project to support leadership training for the youth - this is a platform, a catalyst if you will, for charities to bring ambitious projects to life. And you make that possible whilst also stepping way outside your own comfort zone.

Day 4 - Getting Dirty

We rise with the sun to finish our Community Impact Project work as one big happy family. You'll now be feeling far more in rhythm with Guatemalan life and understanding the amazing as well as challenging sides to life in the country. Seeing your project through to completion will be an outstanding moment and is what makes the Impact Marathon experience completely unique. We finish the day celebrating with a drink or two at our Sunset Bar.

Day 5 - And Relax

You have a big day tomorrow so today it's time to unwind. We will head down to a pool to put your feet up, carb load a bit and generally enjoy a bit of down time after the intensity of the week so far. You are free to do as you please, so you can defintely head into Antigua to buy some lunch, relax with your fellow competitors, and tour this absolutely beautiful colonial town. In the evening will be the famous pasta party in preparation for race day.

Day 6 - Race Day

The moment has come. Start line, time to run together, as a community in one of the world’s most outstanding locations. The magic of race day: Get ready for a remarkable finish line moment as you take the final steps of the hardest race of your life. And at that finish line, we’ll have a huge welcome home for you. Party into the night, you deserve it...

Day 7 - Homecoming

The race is over and you'll have the usual aches and pains to remind you. To take your mind off it we have organised some incredible experiences that show you the very best that Guatemala has to offer. Alternatively, and reluctantly, we will let you return home and transfers to the airport are included!

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