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Badwater presents Artsakh Ultra Stage Race

29-Aug-2020 Vardenis, Armenia, Armenia

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260KM / 160Miles
6 Days - 50 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Come to Armenia with Badwater and run across Artsakh!

When the organizers of the world's toughest, most grueling, non-stop races puts together a Stage Race, where athletes get to actually sleep at night, and during which the competitors get to go "off the clock" - literally - during some of the stages to visit an ancient site, then you know something VERY interesting is afoot!!!

Come have an Authentic Badwater Experience, but ALSO sleep at night, be well-fed, have a culturally immersive experience, chillax in natural hot springs with fellow runners, stay in hotels for four of seven nights, visit ancient sites DURING the race, and go home with a lifetime of memories, new friends, AND a killer finishers buckle!

In 2020, AdventureCORPS / Badwater will host a six-day, point-to-point, 160-mile (260km) trail running stage race from Armenia across Artsakh!

But unlike most stage races, you won't have to carry all your gear, eat freeze-dried "food" all week, survive on a "ration" of water, go without showers, and sleep on the ground every night while only ever interacting with fellow runners in the middle of nowhere. NO! Not with Badwater at the Artsakh Ultra Stage Race!

Artsakh Ultra runners will enjoy:
• Luggage transport each day (no wearing heavy backpacks with all your gear.)

• All breakfasts and most dinner meals will be provided - all of it fresh, local, and organic. (Runners will provide their own energy food while running, and will be on their own for restaurant dining on just two nights.)

• Runners will stay in large tents the first three nights, enjoy natural hot springs on nights two and three, and will STAY IN HOTELS on the fourth, fifth and sixth nights of the race, as well as the pre-race night.

All the race info is on the Badwater.com website at this link.

View our announcement video at this Facebook link (FB account not required.)

There is a 50-runner limit and more than 20 runners have already signed up. See the roster (including eight Badwater 135 veterans, and runners from the USA, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Singapore) at this link.
Entry is discounted until March 1! Join us!

Formerly known as Nagorno-Karabakh during the Soviet era, the Mountainous Republic of Artsakh is a fascinating, wonderful country that few people have even heard of, and even less have visited. AdventureCORPS aims to change both of those facts by bringing runners from all over the world to Artsakh!

The race will be organized in a “stage race” format, in which runners will run a certain section of the Janapar Trail each day. Each day’s “stage” will be timed separately, and overall results will be calculated by adding all six days’ times together. The first stage will be 22mi (36km); the next four stages will vary from 26 to 34 miles (42 to 55km), while the final stage will be 16mi / 26km. With a total distance of 160km (260km), there is a total of 26,000 feet (8000m) of elevation gain along the route. See the Route & Schedule tab on our webpage for all the info about each stage, and the Route Gallery for images of the entire race route.

This event is supported by the Government of Artsakh and AdventureCORPS’ local charitable partner is Trails For Change NGO, the organization which is developing and signposting the trail.

Will YOU participate in the first running race ever held in Artsakh?

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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