1. Patagonian Expedition Race
Known as the “The Adventure at the End of the World”, this race takes place in southern Patagonia – with routes changing every year. Teams cover ground through “trekking, climbing, rope-related work, kayaking, mountain biking and backcountry navigation”.
When: Next race is November 14th- 27th, 2020
Where: Southern Chilean Patagonia
Cost: $5400 – $6800
More information: https://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com
2. Transrockies Run
Known as a “Summer Camp for Big Kids”. The altitude makes this race next-level. Over 6 days and 120 miles, you cross stunning scenery at various elevations going up to 12600 feet. This race is just as fun as it is challenging.
When: August 13th- 18th, 2019
Where: Colorado Rocky Mountains
Cost: $1500 – $2200
More information: https://transrockies-run.com
3. Jungfrau Marathon, Switzerland
Known as “The Most Beautiful Marathon of the World”, the Jungfrau Marathon is 26.1 miles and climbs an elevation of almost 6000 feet. Starting in the beautiful city of Interlaken, the course takes athletes through alpine terrain that reaches its highest point at almost 7250 feet.
When: September 7th, 2019
Where: Swiss Alps
4. Dragon’s Back Race
Known as “The Toughest 5-day Mountain Running Race in the World”, this race challenges competitors through 196 miles of mountainous terrain that climbs over 50800 feet in the mountains of Wales. Experience with mountain running and ultra distance races is essential for completing this remarkable and testing challenge.
When: Late May
Where: Wales, UK
Cost: $1182 USD
More information: http://www.berghausdragonsbackrace.com
5. Tor Des Geants
Known as one of the greatest trail running races in the world”, Tor Des Geants is a non-stop ultra-trail race experience that covers 205 miles at a total elevation of 7880 ft. The surroundings are truly spectacular – Italian Alps, the Gran Paradiso Natural Park and the Aosta Valley – but the challenge itself is extremely difficult – only 40% of racers finished in 2018.
When: Early September
Where: Courmayeur, Italy
Cost: Registration costs $843.42 USD
More information: https://www.tordesgeants.it/en