Race Information

TRAIL RUNNING PATAGONIA
RACE DETAILS

LOCATION:

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.

WEATHER:

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.

DATE:

Monday – Saturday
April 2 – 7, 2018

TIME LIMITMONDAY
2
TUESDAY
3
WEDNESDAY
4
THURSDAY
5
FRIDAY
6
SATURDAY
7
VKMT.B.D.T.B.D.
30K8 HRS.08:00 – 16:00
42K14 HRS.10:00 – 23:59
50K15 HRS.08:30 – 23:30
70K*30 HRS.10:00 –14:00
100K*35 HRS.10:00 –21:00
100M45 HRS.23:59 –21:00

RACE DISTANCES:

100 Miles100K70K50K42K30KVKM

30K50K42K70K100K100M
Distance (km)29484274104167
Distance (M)1830264665104
Ascent995m1,845m2,172m4,280m4,690m7,130m
Maximum Altitude265 masl850 masl1235 masl1235 masl1235 masl1235 masl
Glacier CrossNONOYESYESYESYES
Maximum Race Time8 hrs.15 hrs.14 hrs.30 hrs.35 hrs.45 hrs.
Starting Time (Day/Time)4 Apr / 08:003 Apr / 08:304 Apr / 10:005 Apr / 10:006 Apr / 10:005 Apr / 23:59
Race Cut-Off Time (Day/Time)4 Apr / 16:003 Apr / 23:304 Apr / 23:596 Apr / 14:007 Apr / 21:007 Apr / 21:00
Starting LineHotel Río
Serrano
Hotel Río
Serrano
Hostería
Balmaceda
Hostería
Balmaceda
Hostería
Balmaceda
La
Península
Finish
Line
Hostería BalmacedaEstancia
Perales
Estancia
Perales
Estancia
Dos Lagunas
Puerto
Natales
Puerto
Natales
Aid/Control Stations (PAS)3546914
Control Points (PC)022445
Drop Bag (DB)**111235
Minimum ExperienceYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mandatory EquipmentYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mandatory Air Rescue InsuranceYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mandatory Technical BriefingYesYesYesYesYesYes
ITRA Points AwardedNoYesYesYesYesYes

The information for the vertical kilometer distance will be available soon!

CATEGORIES:

There are 5 categories in each distance per gender according to the age range listed below:

CategoryAge Range
Guanacos18 — 29
Pumas30 — 39
Huemules40 — 49
Zorros50 — 59
Condores60 +

QUALIFYING RACE

ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC®

The ITRA points for Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® 2018 will be updated soon.

Ultra Fiord is a Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® 2017 qualifying race with the following points awarded by ITRA:

UTMB POINTS 2017
DISTANCEPOINTS
100M6 Points
100K5 Points
70K4 Points
50K3 Points

HARDROCK 100

The 100-Mile Distance of Ultra Fiord is a 2018 HARDROCK 100 qualifying race, meaning finishers can enter into the lottery for the 2018 edition of HARDROCK 100. Additionally, 100-Mile Finishers from Ultra Fiord 2016 and 2017 are qualified to enter into the lottery for 2018 HARDROCK 100 as well.

HARDROCK 100 Qualifying Ultra Fiord
ULTRA FIORD
100 MILES
2018
2017
2016

PARTICIPANT QUALIFICATIONS

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® VKM

To be updated when the registration open on July 17, 2017.

ULTRA FIORD® 30K

Have completed trail-running events of distances greater than or equal to 30K. In the evaluation, additional experience in mountain activities will be considered as a positive factor. Additionally, previous participation in the Patagonian International Marathon, Ultra Trail Torres del Paine, or Ultra Fiord will also be a factor considered favorably for participation.

ULTRA FIORD® 42K

Have completed trail-running events of distances greater than or equal to 35K. In the evaluation, additional experience in mountain activities will be considered as a positive factor. Additionally, previous participation in the Patagonian International Marathon, Ultra Trail Torres del Paine, or Ultra Fiord will also be a factor considered favorably for participation.

ULTRA FIORD® 50K

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® 100Miles

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.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

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.

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