Os Açores é um arquipélago português localizado no Meio do Oceano Atlântico Norte. Ele é formado por 9 Ilhas Vulcânicas com paisagens exuberantes e ótimas condições para a prática de desporto na natureza.
É nos Açores que se encontra a maior montanha de Portugal, a Ilha do Pico, com 2.351 m. Se medido desde a sua base no fundo do oceano até os seus picos, que se projetam muito acima da superfície do Atlântico, o Pico é na verdade uma das montanhas mais altas do planeta.
O clima dos Açores é temperado, com temperaturas médias de 13 ° C no inverno e 24 ° C no verão. A corrente do Golfo relativamente próxima mantém a água do mar a uma temperatura média entre 17 ° C e 23 ° C. O ar é úmido, com uma umidade relativa média de cerca de 75%.
The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is formed by 9 Volcanic Islands with exuberant landscapes and excellent conditions for the practice of sport in nature.
It is in the Azores that you can find the largest mountain in Portugal, the Pico Island, with 2,351m. If measured from its base at the bottom of the ocean to its peaks, which project far above the surface of the Atlantic, Pico is actually one of the highest mountains on the planet.
The climate of the Azores is temperate, with average temperatures of 13° C in winter and 24° C in summer. The relatively close Gulf Stream keeps the sea water at an average temperature between 17 ° C and 23° C. The air is humid, with an average relative humidity of about 75%.
AS 9 ILHAS DOS AÇORES
THE 9 ISLANDS OF AZORES
É possível chegar em qualquer Ilha dos Açores de avião a partir de Lisboa e das 2 principais Ilhas do Arquipélago: São Miguel e Terceira.
Lisboa recebe voos do mundo inteiro enquanto em na Ilha de São Miguel e na Ilha Terceira chegam voos dos Estados Unidos, Canadá, Espanha, Cabo Verde e Outros países da Europa.
A companhia aérea que voa entre as Ilhas ou de Lisboa para as Ilhas é a Azores Airlines.
Entre as 3 Ilhas do Triângulo Açoriano, Pico, São Jorge e Faial, é possível viajar de barco o ano todo pela Atlântico Line. Durante o verão há viagens de barco entre todas ilhas.
IMPORTANTE: durante os eventos do Azores Trail Run®, a procura por viagens é elevada e as passagens aéreas podem se esgotar ou aumentar muito de preço. Recomendamos reserva antecipada e que te informes sobre os pacotes de viagem disponíveis para cada prova.
It is possible to reach any island in the Azores by plane from Lisbon and the 2 main islands of the Archipelago: São Miguel and Terceira.
Lisbon receives flights from all over the world while on São Miguel Island and Terceira Island flights arrive from the United States, Canada, Spain, Cape Verde and other European countries.
The airline that flies between the Islands or from Lisbon to the Islands is Azores Airlines.
Between the 3 Islands of the Azorean Triangle, Pico, São Jorge and Faial, it is possible to travel by boat all year round on the Atlântico Line. During the summer there are boat trips between all the islands.
IMPORTANT: during the events of Azores Trail Run®, the demand for travel is high and air tickets can be sold out or increase in price. We recommend booking in advance and informing you about the travel packages available for each event.
AEROPORTOS DOS AÇORES
THE AIRPORTS OF AZORES
Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL)
Santa Maria Airport (SMA)
Lajes Airport (TER)
Horta Airport (HOR)
Pico Airport (PIX)
São Jorge Aerodrome (SJZ)
Graciosa Aerodrome (GRW)
Flores Airport (FLW)
Corvo Aerodrome (CVU)
HOT TO GET HERE
O QUE FAZER
Se quiseres, podes aproveitar para esticar a viagem e aproveitar as paisagens e atividades de cada Ilha. Cada Ilha é única, com características e experiências próprias, mas, de forma geral, nos Açores tu poderás:
Praticar hikking e Trail Running nos diversos trilhos dos Açores
Observar baleias e golfinhos (e outros animais marinhos)
Fazer mergulho oceânico
Explorar vulcões e cavernas
Praticar desportos náuticos
Andar de bicicleta ou a cavalo
Aproveitar o mar em praias ou nas fabulosas piscinas naturais
Explorar os Parques Naturais e os Parques Florestais
Saborear a gastronomia local
Relaxar, perder tempo nos miradouros, conhecer as cidades históricas
WHAT TO DO
If you want, you can take the time to stretch your trip and enjoy the landscapes and activities of each island. Each island is unique, with its own characteristics and experiences, but in general, in the Azores you will be able to:
Practice hikking and Trail Running on the various trails in the Azores
Watch whales and dolphins (and other marine animals)
Diving in the Ocean
Explore volcanoes and caves
Practicing water sports
Cycling or horseback riding
Enjoy the sea on beaches or in some fabulous natural pools
Explore Natural Parks and Forest Parks
Taste the local gastronomy
Relax, waste time at the viewpoints, get to know the historic cities
Run when you can, where you want, how many times you can
Once again, we had to postpone the long-awaited Whalers' Great Route Ultra-Trail (WGRUT), in the hope that better times will soon arrive and once again we will meet on the Azores trails.
However, even with the postponement of the race, some runners from various parts of the world decided to keep their trip to visit Faial Island.
So, for those who come to Faial Island between the 7th of May, the day the WGRUT would start, until the 30th of June, we decided to launch the Virtual WGRUT
By joining the virtual format, we can still enjoy the camaraderie, competition and fun of the event, although in a slightly different way.
A virtual event allows everyone to participate safely in their own way, according to their convenience and at times that work best for each one.
Each one will be able to choose the route they would like to run among the WGRUT 2021 courses. Times will be mesured and recorded on the Strava platform.
What is Virtual WGRUT
The event will take place between May 7th and June 30th, 2021 in Faial Island, in Azores. During this period, you can choose the day and time you prefer to run.
Isn't the weather good? Are the streams running? Don't have time today?
No problem! You can run or walk on days when you consider the conditions to be perfect for you.
You can choose to run or walk in one of the 4 routes of the event:
- CTB Columbus Trail for Beginners, with 14,8k
- CTHM Columbus Trail Half Marathon, with 21,4k
- CTM Columbus Trail Marathon , with 44,2k
- CGT Columbus Grand Trail, with 76,6k
The trails won't be marked, but you may find all details about the routes here
Please, study the route before starting the race.
When & Where
During this period, any person can run or walk on the trails.
But, if you want to join the competition, record your time, win t-shirt and finisher and try for the prizes, you need to sign up here and follow the step by step to sign up below.
When signing up for the Virtual WGRUT you agree to follow the recommendations of the Health Department related to Covid Pandemic:
- run/walk alone or in group of maximum 10 people
- where masks if you meet anyone before, during or after the race
Of course, for now we will miss sharing a beer and stories all together, but we can still have a shared experience, run with our friends and support the Azores Trail Run® and trail community, within the rules imposed by the authorities.
Share the idea with your friends, challenge them, publish your results on social media. Let's keep the trail running spirit alive.
Who can participate
Many major events have become virtual we have already had many doubts about the viability of the format, but this event has everything to be successful.
A virtual race is essentially an event that takes place over a certain period of time, is recorded in GPS and tracking applications, is shared and disseminated through social networks and the event's website.
To control the running time of the route, each participant must download their run or walk on Strava. And we will use an application called EZ Race that will automatically get the data from Strava.
Find below the step by step for you to get your efforts recorded.
We trust in your fair play. But, by the way, Strava recognize when you are trying to cheat it.
Virtual Race & Time Control
Everyone who signs up for the WGRUT will win...
a t-shirt of the event. Those who finish the course will receive a finisher prize.
The winners will be promoted on the social networks.
Finishers and t-shirts will be sent in mid-March.
Classifications and activity posts will be updated regularly on the networks to motivate each other and keep pace with the Columbus Trail. Don't forget to publish and share your activities and results with the #columbustrail2021
And yet: you will walk in nature, the trails will know it and you will enjoy it. Have fun!
Finishers & Prizes
You will run and walk on your own. There won't be support and aid stations. Don't give chance to bad luck:
- Study the route before starting
- Use proper gear for the route (check bellow)
- Don't forget food and water
- Inform people that you know when and where you are going to run or walk
- Check the batteries of your phone and take a replacement battery with you
- Pay attention to weather forecast
- All trails are open to all users during the even. Competitors must respect the environment, other hikers and runners and follow the appropriate trail etiquette.
- All routes pass through several roads. Be careful when crossing roads and pay attention to traffic.
Be safe! Have fun!
Safety, Aid Station & Equipment
Mask, whenever the physical distance recommended by the health authorities cannot be guaranteed;
Backpack or similar equipment;
Water bottle or equivalent of 0.5 liter capacity, minimum;
Thermal blanket (min. 100 × 200 cm);
Windbreaker / waterproof jacket;
Operational mobile phone (with sufficient balance and battery);
1 Flashlight / Head light, with replacement batteries;
Trails Etiquette in Covid Times
Running and Walking are the ideal outdoor recreational activities for these pandemic times, since it is allowed to go out for exercise and get some fresh air, following the guidelines of social distance, use of mask and hand hygiene.
Do not go on the trails if you have or have had any of the following signs and symptoms in the last 14 days, or if any of the following circumstances occur:
• Fever: temperature equal to or greater than 38ºC;
• Cough and / or breathing difficulties;
• Sore throat (odynophagia);
• Loss of smell and / or taste;
• General malaise, fatigue, generalized muscle pain and / or headache (headache);
• Diarrhea, nausea and / or vomiting;
• Family member or close person who manifested any of the previous symptoms;
• Has been in contact with someone diagnosed with covid-19 or suspected of having contracted the disease;
• If you belong to a risk group.
As with all outdoor sport activities, you should only walk if you are healthy.
Wear a mask and keep the sanitary distance (minimum of 2 meters when standing and 10 meters in motion) when close to people or groups that do not belong to the same household.
You should do the tours alone or accompanied by members of the same household or people who live together. Avoid times when there is a greater concentration of people on the trails.
ATTENTION: gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed.
To learn more about rules, restrictions and recommendations in Faial Island, click here
AZORES. SAFE BY NATURE
Before traveling to Faial
Everything you need to know before traveling to the Azores, in a pandemic context. Step by step, all the procedures required and recommended to travelers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Information about tests, laboratory contacts and exceptional cases. Click here