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Haría Extreme

17-Nov-2018 Haría, Lanzarote, Spain

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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M 26KM/16M 10KM/6M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

The Haría Extreme is a weekend of running with its epicentre in the northern mountainous region around the village of Haría, in Lanzarote (Canary Islands). There is one ultra distance of 102km and a mountain marathon just over 42km, at 44km.

The ultra distance begins in the National Park of Timanfaya in the south, on roads surrounded by stunning lava fields and runs through the heart of the island to finish at Haría on beaches and mountain trails.

The first section of the ultra is fast paced as it is run on flat roads and the second section is more challenging as runners head off the road and tackle steep ascents and descents. Aid points are located along the entire route.

Both races are part of the Spain Ultra Cup series.

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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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ultralouweezy

09:13 22-11-17

Having just got back from this race less than 48hrs ago, I thought I'd dive straight in with a review..

This was my first attempt at this race, which I signed up to on a whim (as you do) whilst registering for another race. I had no idea really what to expect, all I knew was that it was a very hard, technical mountain race. Brilliant.

The organisation is solid and straight forward, there are the two preceeding days to pick up your bib, at which point you can have a look at the finish area, and, if you're like me, go for a recce of the final few miles.

The route for the ultra starts off with some really runnable terrain, flattish, with a few undulating climbs, nothing too hard, but there are cut offs at all the aid points, just to make sure you dont wander too slowly!
This year the weather was unbelievably hot for November, as one local announced 'its more like August!' , not exactly what was needed during the mid point of the day, for sure.
From the second CP in, you head through much more challenging terrain.. deep sand, for mile upon mile, with climbs and descents, not the easiest! even those with gaiters were emptying shoefulls of sand out at each stop.
The scenery is truly stunning, volcanic black rock, white sand, blue water, its easy to wax lyrical about the beauty of the course, but believe me, this comes at a price.. The climbs are sheer and hard, the first main climb is a solid 613m, a touch over 2,000ft, rocky, brutal,hot and long. Descending brings no respite either. the ground is treacherous and not always easy to keep upright, my tip is to make sure you take advantage of any runnable ground, because there are some parts that are totally impossible to move too fast on!

There are three more big climbs to keep pushing your breaking point, and for anyone finishing over 12hrs, you will be doing some severe climbs in the dark, so bring your ' big girl ' pants!
All in all, although this race really did take all my tenacity to finish, its well worth a trip to do. As most european races are, its good value, well run, and well thought out.
I highly recommend it.

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