The D-Day Challenge is made up of 3 epic route options; a 22 mile walk, a 22 mile run or a 44 mile ultra-marathon. All challenges will take place on the 6th June 2024.
The route starts at the Pointe du Hoc. This is where Colonel Rudder led an elite group of 200 rangers up the chalk cliffs using ropes and ladders.
From the Pointe du Hoc you head east, with the sea on your left beating up against the rocks below. Immediately the striking countryside takes hold as you run through crop fields, passing evidence of the German defensive line in the form of concrete bunkers and the occasional burnt out WWII vehicle.
As you head down towards Arromanches, the 22-mile participants begin their challenge and join the 44-mile runners. There is an incredible descent to a small Norman village and a fantastic view of the emotive scene of what is left of the Mulberry harbours.
The route then continues to Ouistreham where the course heads south along the Orne canal. Pegasus Bridge looms up ahead, its structure an icon of the first few hours of the D-Day invasion.
It is here at Pegasus Bridge that the epic D-Day 44 Challenge concludes. On arrival at the finish line you will be greeted with a celebratory drink and some well earned food. Your overnight accommodation is a short journey from the finish line.
On Course support
You will be supported throughout the challenge by experienced event staff. The entire route will be marked with red flags to follow; it is very important to keep to the trail as there are hidden dangers along the cliff edges.
At the break stops there will always be water to re-fill your bottles before you head off. There will also be a selection of sweet and salty snacks to make sure you get the appropriate nutrition levels back into your system. Not all break stops will stock the exact same food as the organisers like to vary. If you are used to energy gels/powders and have trained with this then you will need to provide your own.
Both the 44 mile and the 22 mile events will have both a lead and a tail runner/walker who are all medically trained.
The organisers have allowed generous cut off times for you to complete the D-Day Challenge which are:
44 mile run = 12 hours
22 mile walk = 8.5 hours
22 mile run = 7.5 hours