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Salt Pans Ultra Marathon

28-Sep-2019 Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Central District, Botswana

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100KM / 62Miles
3 Days - 50 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From 250 EUR

The Salt Pans Ultra Trail Marathon 2019 is a 3 day Ultra Trail Run on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.

Sua Pan, the Eastern of three salt pans situated in the middle of the dry savanna of North-Eastern Botswana, is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pans are home to Africa’s only breeding ground of the Greater Flamingo and are the location of Wilbur Smith’s famous novel “The Sunbird”.

The pans are striking in their beauty however the harsh environment of the pans will make conditions on race day anyone’s guess. Late rains may make the pans muddy and wet, and hot winds whip up sand and slow progress, and the headache inducing snow white sand of the pans glares in the sun. October is known as suicide month due to the sudden run Northwards of the mercury on temperature gauges, after the brief cool, winter respite. Be prepared for anything.

At night the stars reach down and caress the horizon. The Milky Way (Botswana’s equivalent of the Northern lights) is as clear to the naked eye here as anywhere else on Earth and shooting stars are bright and sudden. The sunsets and sunrises amaze and the complete solitude forces introspection.

Welcome to Botswana’s first Ultra Marathon

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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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