A new ultra marathon has been announced. It seems that the appetite for extreme Ultramarathon’s has reached fever pitch, and no longer is 100 miles, or even Trans USA (over 3500 miles) far enough, at least not for one events organiser.
Lirpa Loof Trail Events have announced the inaugural “Round the World in Eighty Days Ultra”. The event will start at the global dateline, the Meridian Line in Greenwich London and proceed to Dover, special permission has been obtained for runners to traverse the channel tunnel, then the race will head across Western Europe, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, neighbouring countries and emerging in into Malaysia, across the water to traverse Indonesia, to Bali then across Australia, New Zealand. Then follows a 6-day Pacific boat trip across the Pacific towards North Africa during which competitors will be expected to run circuits of the deck, this to maintain the typical required daily stage distance of 125km.
En-route the ship will dock in Tenerife. Competitors will run the length of the largest Canary Island; scaling the 3700M Volcano, Mt Teide (highest mountain of Spanish territory) during the island traverse, before rejoining the ship and continuing on to dock in Mauritania, then running North through Western Sahara, Morocco, then a ship over to Spain, for the final leg North up through France and back through the Channel Tunnel and to the London, taking part in the 2012 Marathon before going on to finish in Greenwich.
It’s seem 26 miles really isn’t enough anymore. 50 athletes will be accepted, and indicative pricing is £25,000 per competitor.
April 2nd update: I’m sure you all spotted our April Fools gag above, though we have worryingly had a few enquiries! there are clearly a few crazier people than we thought out there!