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Ultra X Mexico

6:00am Sat 2nd Nov 2019
Calle Mariano Jiménez 302b, Bolívar, Zona Centro, 31000 Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico
Run 250km
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Tickets £300

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    Registration Perks
  • Best price guarantee
  • Free cancellation protection
  • 24/7 Support
  • Official booking partner of Ultra X
  • Trails
  • Mountainous
  • Mixed
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt

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**IMPORTANT NOTE: The full ticket price is GBP 1,500 pp for individual entry & GBP 1,100 for team entry (team is 3 or more). The GBP 300 is a non-refundable deposit only.**

Ultra X Mexico takes participants to the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua, the home of the original ultra-runners, the Tarahumara, and the spectacular mountain trails of the Copper Canyon as famously written about in Born to Run.

The Tarahumaras word for themselves, Raramuri, means those who run fast.

Competitors will have a chance to find out the truth of this for themselves.

Distances in this event

  1. 250K

    Run 250km
    6:00am Sat 2nd Nov 2019
    £300
    Tickets available
What’s Included

Included In Your Entry Fee:

As well as the below, entrants will receive discounts from top sports nutrition and equipment suppliers.

  1. Transfers (airport/race start/race finish/hotel/airport)
  2. Accommodation for every night from 2–10th November
  3. Race entry
  4. Water (rationed)
  5. Medical team
  6. Ground assistance
  7. Minimal insurance
  8. Individual rankings or team rankings for registered teams
  9. Medal
  10. T-shirt
Course Details

Ultra X Mexico, situated in the Copper Canyons is a multi-day ultra-marathon, run over 5 days in the Chihuahua State of Mexico in November each year. Competitors will arrive into Chihuahua on Saturday November 3rd, where they will be met at Chihuahua International Airport and transported by the race organizers to a hotel in Creel for the night. After introductions, briefings and kit checks on Sunday morning everyone has a free afternoon to explore the “Magic Town” of Creel, before transportation to the first campsite on the start line of the race.

Each day from Monday to Friday will involve one stage, commence between 6:00 am and 9:00 am, and range between 30 and 80 kilometers. There will be checkpoints each 10 km where competitors can access water, shelter, and if necessary medical support.

Each night competitors will camp in a different location at the finish line, where they can enjoy physiotherapy, foot treatment, hot water and wild camps specifically chosen to showcase the very best of the local area.

Monday: 47 km

Tuesday: 46 km

Wednesday: 52 km

Thursday will comprise the ultimate challenge: the “Long Stage”, a 65 km day starting in the dark guided by the moon, and, for some, finishing in it.

Friday will finish with the shortest stage of the week (40 km). The race finishes in the small town of Batopilas where local support is a guarantee, meaning that the last few steps will be loud and unforgettable.

It is here that competitors will spend Friday night, and have a chance to enjoy the first real food they may have had in a week. Ultra X will put on a prize-giving ceremony, celebratory dinner and a chance to unwind whilst enjoying local entertainment.

Routes
The routes may change slightly each year depending on the weather and other varying factors. The organizers create each leg to take in the most beautiful and challenging aspects of the distinct canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental. Ultra X Mexico is open to individuals and teams, elite runners and those who are keen to embark
on the adventure of a lifetime. The challenge is open to people from all around the world.

Course markings
The course route will be marked out very well at roughly 40m intervals depending on terrain. Areas where competitors are likely to be running in darkness, will be illuminated and are likely to have course marshals more frequently. If you are in a situation where you are really stuck then you can always wait for other competitors and work it out together. However, the best way to avoid any mishaps is to listen to the course
directions given out each morning. It is virtually impossible for you to get lost. There are flags, or other bright markers, every 40 metres and there are checkpoints every 10km. You will also be given a tracker upon registration so race organisers will be able to keep tabs on where you are.

Raceday Logistics

Pre-Race Weekend

Saturday: Competitors will arrive into Chihuahua on Saturday November 3rd, where they will be met at Chihuahua International Airport and transported by the race organizers to a hotel in Creel for the night.

Sunday: After introductions, briefings and kit checks in the morning everyone has a free afternoon to explore the “Magic Town” of Creel, before transportation to the first campsite on the start line of the race.

Post-Race Weekend

Saturday: After a much needed nights sleep, Saturday gives competitors the chance to unwind in the areas famous hot springs and see some of the most spectacular waterfalls that Central America has to offer.

Sunday: Participants will be transferred to the airport on Sunday for return flights. For those with Saturday evening flights alternative transfers are provided.

Kit List

For each stage competitors will have to carry essential safety equipment (such as water bottles, gels, basic medical kits, a whistle etc.) in their rucksacks but unlike other races they will only need to carry their daily race provisions as luggage is transported for competitors between camps.

Suitable footwear
Long before the start of the race you will need to decide upon the right footwear. The heat and friction will not only put your shoes under extreme stress, but it will also cause your feet to swell. Of course as you would before any run, you must ensure they are worn in. The same can be said for the rest of your gear and rucksack – it must be comfortable. Whether to use trail/ road shoes is at the choice of each competitor. The course is split between
technical and hard trail, but road shoes should be sufficient.

Clothing
What you run in is up to you. You should try different options and work out what you feel comfortable with. As you have a bag carried between campsites you have the luxury of being able to bring a change of clothes for during the week, and something to keep you warm in the evenings when the temperature will drop.

FAQs

Sleeping
The living accommodation consists of a bivouac or tent shared by between 2–20 competitors. Once you have been allocated your group, these people will become your close friends and support. There is no doubt that one of the best things about the race are the lifelong friends you make. Competitors will have to carry essential safety equipment (such as water bottles, gels, basic medical kits, a whistle etc.) in their rucksacks but unlike other races they will not have to carry their food and other gear as this is transported between each campsite.

Insurance
Personal Insurance for this event is a requirement. If you do not have it you will not be allowed to race. Company insurance is included in the entry fee, but the overall cost of the event is significant and if you have to cancel before, or get injured during out here, we require you to be covered.

Safety
Many countries’ travel advisories list the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa as requiring caution. Drug-related violence is the primary reason the northern states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa are listed as high caution areas. Violent outbursts have occurred over the years but are generally confined to those involved in the drug trade.
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is likely the only reason a tourist would be injured in the cartel-related violence. Before travelling it’s always a good idea to visit a travel doctor to discuss vaccines and medication. Hepatitis A and B are often recommended. Insect transmitted diseases such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya are present in Mexico but aren’t considered much of a risk in the Copper Canyon region. Wearing insect repellent in warmer climates is the best way to avoid bites and potential infections. Malaria is present in Chihuahua and Sinaloa, however in the winter most places are too cold for mosquitoes so it is not considered necessary for competitors to use anti malarial.

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