What are the races, distances, elavtion, aid stations and cut off time of the races?
The event has 5 different races. You can find the routes, elevation and aid station locations on the links below:
Whalers' Great Route Ultra Trail with 115k >> race map
Ultra Blue Island with 65k >> race map
Marathon Faial Coast to Coast with 42k >> race map
Trail Ten Volcanoes with 25k >> race map
Mini Family Trail with 11k >> race map
The cut offs and other important informations you can find here.
What kind of terrain will we find in the race?
All races have technical difficulties and include walking trails with levadas (water channels), steps, dirt, mud, stones, pastures, and roads. Some tracks can be very wet.
Where and when can I collect my BIB? Can anyone collect my BIB for me?
The Bib must be collected at the Horta market on May 5th from 2 pm to 8 pm and May 6th from 9h30 am to 8 pm. Each runner must collect your own BIB. Exceptional cases may be evaluated by our crew in the secretariat.
Do I need a medical certificate to collect the BIB?
No, but we strongly advise you to do a regular check-up and not run if you are not feeling well or fit for the race. You must sign a disclaimer certifying that it is your full responsibility to ensure, previously to the registration, the status of your physical fitness for that activity. If you prefer, you can sign it before collecting the BIB to speed up the process. Here is the form.
Is there any mandatory gear for the race?
Yes, we selected some gear that is mandatory to make sure you are safe in case of minor accidents, changes in weather, and the specifics of the terrain. We also make a list of some recommended gears for the race. You can find both lists here.
Can I buy or rent some gear before the race?
It’s very difficult. On the islands where Azores Trail Run® races are set there are very few or no sports shops and very few items. You won’t find gears, nor even gels and bars. If you forget something important, we recommend that you talk to other runners to try to borrow some spare material.
Do I need to carry all the food and drink I need during the Race?
Certainly not ;-). On the route, you will find an aid station every 10 to 15 km. At this station, you will find some food and beverages and friendly people to help you. But, you must take with you a flask with water (that can be refilled in the stations) and some energy supply (gel or bar) for emergencies and to keep you hydrated and in good condition during the race. You need to bring your bars and gels because they are very difficult to find on the island.
Can I have a ride to the start line?
If you are going to run, you can take the event bus transfer in Horta Downtown for your start line. The meeting point and the schedule you can find here on the rules. The 65k race doesn't have a transfer because the race starts in the city. Be aware that:
The bus will depart at the scheduled time. Be there in time. You can only take the bus for the startline of your race. There won't be transfers from one startline to another.
You must not leave anything on the bus. There will be a van on the startline for you bag with a change of clothes.
The buses depart only from the city. If you are staying outside of Horta, you must arrange transfers with your hotel or accommodation, taxi or touristic companies or rent a car.
The transfers are for runners only. Followers, friends, coaches must provide their own transportation. We recommend that you talk to other runners' followers for car sharing.
Can I have a ride from the finish line?
Yes, if you are a runner, you can take one of the buses that depart every hour, or when the buses are full, from the finish line to Horta Downtown. The buses are exclusive for runners. Followers must provide their transportation.
Can I have support during the race?
External assistance to the athlete is allowed by his assistance team (ex: coach, friend, etc) only in the aid stations defined by the organization.
Will I get lost on the trail?
Well, we make everything we can so that won’t happen. The trails are marked with red and yellow flags. You should spot at least one of them every step of the course. If you don’t see one in a while, it’s because you got the wrong way. Hike back until you find the flags again.
What should I do if I need to drop the race?
We always recommend that you drop the race at any Aid Station. There you can have shelter, food, beverages, and the assistance of our crew. Also, all Aid Stations are reachable by car, so it’s easier and faster to pick you up. But, if you need to drop the race in the middle of the route, call us on the emergency phone you can find at your BIB, and be sure to keep yourself warm and hydrated (use the emergency blanket and your jacket).
Can I have some change of clothes at the finish line?
Yes! And we recommend you do it because it can be very cold in the end. Take an identified bag with a change of clothes for the start of your race. There you can drop it with our crew van and pick it up at the finish line. Be aware that there won’t be showers at the finish line, but you can jump in the ocean.
During the race, can I walk some sections of the trail or do I have to run?
Yes, you can. And almost everyone walks at some point :) Trail running is more about experiencing and enjoying your surroundings. Just remember that many races have “Cut Off” times. Cut-off times can be either a maximum amount of time you are given to finish the course or certain points in the course you have to make it to within a given amount of time. You can check the “Cut offs” of your race here.
Can I buy some merchandise from the event?
Yes, you can! T-shirts, hoodies, backpacks and other nice stuff will be on sale near the market and at the finish line. Come check them out. Take money or your Credit Card with you, if you can.
Can I wear headphones?
Yes, but we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel. We also ask that you remove them, or, at the very least, remove one earbud when you are coming to aid stations, in a large crowd, or on more technical or difficult sections of the course. The important thing is paying attention to everyone's safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other runners.