The event will be held in the Province of Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope), Magellan and Chilean Antarctica Region. The region’s capital is Punta Arenas; however, the closest town and logistics center to the course is Puerto Natales (Lat. 51º 44`S), which is also both the finish for the 100K and 100 Mile distances, as well as the location for the awards ceremony. Puerto Natales is 250km away from Punta Arenas.
In Patagonia’s extreme south, the weather conditions are both very volatile and unpredictable during all four seasons of the year; however, in the month of April, the region will be in the middle of autumn. Generally, the strong winds arrive during the spring and peaks in the summer; thereafter, decreasing in autumn and winter, but that does not mean there are not exceptions to this rule. Usually, the average temperature fluctuates between 4 and 12º C, occasionally decreasing to 0º C, or at least during the nights and in the mountain sections. The weather conditions during the event will shape the challenging factor of the race.
|100 Miles||100K||70K||50K||50K Duo (Regardless of gender)|
With the exception of 50K Duo, which includes all combinations of gender, there are 5 categories in each distance per gender according to the age range listed below:
|Guanacos||18 — 29|
|Pumas||30 — 39|
|Huemules||40 — 49|
|Zorros||50 — 59|
There is no age classification for 50K Duo. Teams will be ranked according to their official finish timings, which will officially stop when the slowest team member crosses the finish line. It is mandatory for 50K Duo runners to run with his/her partner throughout the entire race, which must be no further than 50m apart at any one time.
1. The minimum age in order to participate is 18 years old. In all cases, age is considered fulfilled the same day of the race.
2. The weather in Patagonia is unpredictable and the terrains at ULTRA FIORD® can be very technical and challenging. All riders must have prior experience in Trail Running, and any additional experience associated with mountain activities will be an advantage. In order to be considered for participation in ULTRA FIORD®, an applicant must at least meet the following requirements:
ULTRA FIORD® 50K (Solo & Duo)
Have completed trail-running events of distances greater than 30Km, and will be even better if he or she has also participated in traditional city marathons (42Km). Additionally, previous participation in the Patagonian International Marathon, Ultra Trail Torres del Paine or ULTRA FIORD® will be a factor considered favourably for participation.
ULTRA FIORD® 70K
Have completed trail-running events of distances greater than 60Km. The completion of mountain activities and events will be an additional factor considered favorably in the assessment of his or her experience. Additionally, previous participation in the Patagonian International Marathon, Ultra Trail Torres del Paine or ULTRA FIORD® will also be a factor considered favourably for participation.
ULTRA FIORD® 100K
Have completed trail-running events that are equal or superior to 80Km in distance. The completion of mountain activities and events will be an additional factor considered favourably in the assessment of his or her experience. Additionally, previous participation in 67Km or 109Km Ultra Trail Torres del Paine or ULTRA FIORD® will also be a factor considered favourably for participation.
ULTRA FIORD® 100Mile
Have completed trail-running events that are equal or superior to 100Km. The completion of mountain activities and events will be an additional factor considered favourably in the assessment of his or her experience. Additionally, previous participation in 109Km Ultra Trail Torres del Paine or ULTRA FIORD® will also be a factor considered favourably for participation.
Please Note: ULTRA FIORD® 2017 will have a maximum capacity for each race distance. The maximum number for each race distance can be found below:
|Distance||# of Runners|
|50 Duo||50 pairs|
1. Runners should be fully aware of all the Race’s dimensions and risks, and specifically including the test it takes to complete, and be fully prepared, for all of them.
2. It is the Runner’s responsibility to have necessary health and physical conditions required to complete the race. If the Runner has had any previous health problems that may be detrimental to his or her participation in the race, he or she shall be held liable for their assessment, and seek the advice of a competent physician before participating in the race.
3. Having minimal experience and semi-autonomy ability in mountains, that allows for him or her to successfully and independently confront the challenges presented in ULTRA FIORD®, especially with respect to:
3.1. Facing weather conditions that will occasionally be hostile due to the latitude, relative altitude, and typical Patagonia weather (wind, cold, rain, or snow). Similarly, it likely there will be situations of excess solar radiation.
3.2. Having the ability to advance along the course at night, including situations that require the use of his or her personal lighting system.
3.3. Having basic knowledge of outdoor awareness and location, including the ability to understand a map, which means being familiar with scales, altimetry, and orientation. Although the route will be clearly marked, this basic knowledge is required for safety reasons, as well as giving a Runner an understanding of their location in order to make a better decision if and when applicable.
3.4. Knowing how to manage, even when isolated, physical or mental problems that may arise from fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or joint pain, small wounds, blisters, etc.
3.5. Fully acknowledging that this activity is in the midst of nature, meaning security depends mainly on a Runner’s experience and ability to solve foreseeable problems he or she may encounter, including his or her criteria for decision-making at all times.
3.6. Fully acknowledging that there are some sections of the route that are not easily accessible for medical personnel. Nevertheless, the organization will have specialized personnel in the most complex and isolated areas along the course.