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SarahCrunning - 03/10/2017 22:39:08
   
Jungle Marathon
The Jungle Marathon is an eco-race taking place in the Brazilian Amazon jungle. There are three distance options: a marathon on 11th October, a 4-stage 127km race from 7th - 11th October and a 6-stage 254km race from 7th-14th October. Competitors may encounter anacondas in the swamps, caimans and piranhas in the rivers and jaguars in the jungle. They can expect temperatures of 40 degrees and 99% humidity. They must be self-sufficient and they will sleep in a hammock under a mosquito net amongst the jungle flora and fauna. Despite this, there are no specific entry requirements and the organisers stress that mental stamina will be just as important in surviving the jungle as physical fitness.

Around 75 runners will arrive in Alter do Chao on Friday 5th October and be taken to base camp by river-boats on a journey of 10-12 hours. They will reach camp on Saturday and have their kit checked. Sunday will involve a series of essential safety and pre-race briefings prior to stage 1 on Monday 8th October.

The terrain of this race is certainly varied, with trails, beaches, swamps, river crossings and slippery jungle climbs. Does anyone have experience of running in the jungle and what tips can you offer to this year's Jungle Marathoners? Does the idea of sleeping in the jungle appeal to your sense of adventure or give you nightmares?

Good luck to everyone running - it sounds an incredible experience!
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SarahCrunning - 10/10/2017 01:48:59
   
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These were the first 3 men and women to reach the finish of stage 1:

MEN

Jovica Spajic - 3:50
Johnathan Robert - 3:57
Gustavo Anibal - 4:25

WOMEN

Marie Charlier - 5:11
Elizabeth Ann - 5:11
Ester Elisabeth - 5:40
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SarahCrunning - 10/10/2017 01:57:33
   
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Stage 2 results have just been released and the top 3 men and women are the same as for stage 1 - these guys are certainly consistent!

Total times after two stages are:

MEN

Jovica Spajic - 7:31
Johnathan Robert - 7:38
Gustavo Anibal - 8:15

WOMEN

Marie Charlier - 10:09
Elizabeth Ann - 10:09
Ester Elisabeth - 11:22
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SarahCrunning - 12/10/2017 16:45:18
   
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After coming second in stage 3 and joint 1st in stage 4, Bart Eigenhius is now in the running for a podium spot and the top three women have also shifted. At the end of yesterday's stage 4, these were the top three men and women and their cumulative times:

MEN

1. Jovica Pajic - 18:35
2. Jonathon Robert - 19:40
3. Bart Eigenhius - 20:13

WOMEN

1. Valdirene Tavares - 14:44
2. Marie Charlier - 15:05
3. Elizabeth Ann - 15:05
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SarahCrunning - 12/10/2017 20:45:33
   
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Five runners have successfully completed the shorter 4 stage event today (1DNF). They were:

1. Luis Carlos - 17:53
2. Gecildo Dos Santos - 19:49
3. Cleidivaldo Vieira - 21:03
4. Wallace Serrao - 23:50
5. Valdirene Cardoso - 25:40
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SarahCrunning - 15/10/2017 23:09:18
   
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The race is complete and the results show that the top men were very consistent and Jovica Spajic had an incredible lead. The women's race was much closer. Valdirene Tavares had to drop during the 5th stage, showing how tough this race is. This enabled Ester Jacqueline to take the final podium spot. If you ran the race, then it would be great to hear about the experience. These were the top three men and women and their overall times:

MEN

1. Jovica Spajic - 36:16
2. Johnathan Robert - 39:04
3. Bart Eigenhius - 41:13

WOMEN

1. Marie Charlier - 63:10
2. Elizabeth Ann - 63:38
3. Ester Jacqueline - 68:19
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