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Ultra Sierra Nevada

12-Jul-2019 Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain


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Mountains Race Race Terrain
103KM / 64Miles
1 Day - 500 Runners

Alternate Distances: 62KM/39M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From €80 EUR

The Ultra Sierra Nevada is a 103 km mountain race of continuous ascent by paths and trails from a spectacular surrounding: the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife in Granada to the ski resort of Pradollano, crowned by the Veleta´s Peak (3200m).

The Ultra Sierra Nevada has a positive accumulated altitude of 5.900 meters and a negative accumulated altitude of 4.300 meters. With semi-autonomy character, the participants have a maximum time of 25 hours to complete the race. Throughout the race, the participants must cross several aid stations and checkpoint where they can replenish their water and food supplies.

The highest altitude Ultra Trail in the Iberian Peninsula!!

The Ultra Sierra Nevada race is a member of the Spain Ultra Cup, Spain's ultra trail circuit of reference and gives 3 UTMB qualifiying points for #UltraSN and 2 UTMB points for #USNTrail.

You can find more information about the race, mandatory equipment, schedules, transport start/finish line, regulations, aid stations, trainings, etc. on our website www.ultrasierranevada.com in the +info section.

Why come to Granada to run

The Ultra Sierra Nevada offers you the chance to run in a unique landscape. Start from the Alhambra, one of the wonders of the world, running through the historic streets of the ancient capital of the Nazarí Kingdom and crown one of Spain's highest peaks leaving the Iberian Peninsula at your feet.

In addition, Granada has an unbeatable tourist offer where you can enjoy an unsurpassable cultural heritage such as the Alhambra, the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Monastery of La Cartuja, etc.

You can also experience the essence of Spanish culinary culture doing the Tapas route, with its music, listening to Flamenco at the "Flamenco Tablaos" or simply strolling through the many streets of the historic city center.

How to get there

Granada is located in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, at the foot of Sierra Nevada and a few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. It is accessible by road (car and bus), train, airplane (airports in Granada, Malaga, Seville and Madrid) and ferry (for the port of Motril).


Ventedemaraton.es of Viajes El Corte Inglés, the official travel agency of the Ultra Sierra Nevada, offers special complete packages for those who want to spend an unforgettable and carefree stay in Granada.

Thanks to ventedemaraton.es you can find hotels in Granada and the ski resort of Sierra Nevada which they offer at special prices to SIERRA NEVADA ULTRA registered.

All info about the hotels here.

Also, you can find all information about how to get, transport, accomodation, turism, etc, on our website in the services section.

Become facebook fan and twitter follower (@ultrasierranev) and keep up to date with the latest news about the Ultra Sierra Nevada.

We hope to see you at the Ultra Sierra Nevada!!


Event Organiser



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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08:43 19-09-18

2016 & 2018

Ultra Sierra Nevada is technically my 'local' since moving to Granada and boy is it a local race to have in your back-yard.

I first tackled the 100-odd km, 6000m+ / 4000m- back in 2016. It was tough then and it's still tough.

As ever, this year's race started from the centre of Granada city at midnight - yes, in true Spanish style we had a night start which is pretty typical for the middle of summer. And yup, Ultra Sierra Nevada is run in July at the height of the Iberian heat.

After a 5km nocturnal jaunt around the city's old streets, the course skirts the famous Alhambra and onto the trails.

Back in 2016, I'd split the race into three parts - and this still rings true. There's the technical night section in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, made more difficult this year after a winter of rain which equated to very washed out trails and much thicker undergrowth. There's then a hot mid-section as elevation is gained through scorching ravines, under a baking sun. Followed, by the high altitude section as runners climb from 2,300m elevation from the Nevada ski town of Pradallano to the top of Veleta (a mere 3,300m and this year snow crowned) with a quick 5km descent and the finish line back in the ski town. Simple!

All-in-all if you want hot, tough, and high, then Ultra Sierra Nevada is the race for you.

The organization, as expected of any Spain Ultra Cup series race, is perfect with runners' needs put first. The checkpoints are pretty much all operated by local running clubs and despite being a member of the Bicha Trail Club, I have to say checkpoint 1 run by the rival Humans Sapiens club is legendary - you'll hear it before you see it! All points are well stocked with fluid and fuel, plus there's a drop bag stop at the 70-odd km mark (which is sort of the start of the race proper), which this year was inside a sport's hall. There was even a massage point.

Do not however, underestimate the challenge of this race. Maybe, consider the shorter trail or marathon options before tackling the big-one. The low finish rate should be an indicator of how tough Ultra Sierra Nevada is.

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