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ultra x 125 azores
Ultra X 125 Azores takes place on the island of São Miguel, nicknamed “the Green Island”, one of nine volcanic islands based out in the mid-Atlantic that form the Azores archipelago.
Governed by Portugal, this wild and remote archipelago is characterised by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, mountain trails, lagoons, and luscious green pastures. Due to the marine influence, the climate of the Azores is very mild for such a northern location and temperatures remain around 20°C all year round.
ultra x 50 azores
Those that don’t fancy the full 125km multi-stage race can enter the 50km on Sunday as a single-stage race. Ultra X 50 Azores runners will be transferred from Ponta Delgada to the campsite on Sunday morning, where the 50km race will begin one hour after the 125km race.
Please note that much of the information on this page refers to Ultra X 125 Azores. For full details regarding Ultra X 50 Azores, please see the Race Information Pack below.
That said, a lot of the information is relevant to 50km runners too. For example, the elevation chart for the 50km is shown below as ‘Stage 2’.
The cost of the 50km race is £95, although the price is less for those entering as a team (3 or more) and for military personnel. Full pricing details can be found at checkout by hitting the blue ‘Enter Race’ button at the top of this page.
Participants arrive into Ponta Delgada airport on Friday and transfer to their accommodation. Race welcome and safety briefings will take place virtually and mandatory kit inspections will be conducted as spot checks throughout the weekend.
The race starts at 06:00 on Saturday morning and covers 75km of spectacular mountain trails. Before the starting gun fires, runners will deposit their race holdall which will be available when they reach camp that afternoon/evening.
The final stage of the race is 50km and starts at 08:00 (full race) and 09:00 (single stage). Runners will again deposit their race holdall, which will be available at the finish line. All competitors are then transferred back to Ponta Delgada.
The prize pot for Ultra X 125 Azores is £3,000 and will be split equally between genders. Prize money will be awarded to the overall podium finishers, individual stage winners, and the overall masters age category (50+) podium finishers. There is no prize pot for Ultra X 50 Azores.
Overall Podium (Men and Women)
1st — £550
2nd — £350
3rd — £150
Overall Stage Winners (Men and Women)
Stage 1 Winner — £150 (long stage)
Stage 2 Winner — £100
Overall Masters 50+ (Men and Women)
1st — £100
2nd — £60
3rd — £40
All finishers will receive a race medal. Different medal ribbons will be awarded based upon the finishing times outlined below. A blue ’50 KM — 1 DAY’ ribbon will be awarded to all finishers of Ultra X 50 Azores.
As part of our Sustainability Policy, the Green Ribbon will be awarded to the competitor that displays the highest commitment to reducing their environmental impact both in preparation for and during the race (as determined by the organisers).
Under 14 hours
Under 16 hours
Over 16 hours
1. Race entry
2. Accommodation during the race (5 September)
3. Transfers from the finish line to Ponta Delgada
4. Medical staff on course and at campsite
5. Drinking water at checkpoints on course and hot water
for preparing food at the campsites
6. Ground assistance and full safety support
7. Digital copies of all images from event photographer
8. Individual/team rankings and ITRA points
9. Finisher’s medal
2. Accommodation before or after the race (accommodation at the race hotel can be purchased as an add-on at checkout)
3. Personal food, kit and equipment (see kit list below)
4. Comprehensive insurance (to cover cancellations, loss of items, injury etc)
5. Training costs
6. Spending money
7. Transport home for runners who are
disqualified or withdraw early
This is NOT a self-supported race. Runners only carry their daily nutrition and emergency kit. Race holdalls are transported by the organisers.
Competitors will need to provide their own food from Saturday 24th April to Sunday 25th April. Dehydrated or freeze dried food is recommended.
Please see the Race Information Pack and Kit List below for comprehensive details about the race.
Experience The Azores
We understand that competitors may wish to travel to the Azores with family or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the islands while you race, we highly recommend visiting the following sights. Alternatively, you can visit them together after the event.
If one of your party would like to volunteer at the race while you take part, they can complete the Volunteer Application Form and we will do our best to accommodate them.
The second largest Azores island is known for its 2,350m volcano, lava shores, and iconic landscape of stone wall vineyards.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal, Sete Cidades is a twin lake situated in the crater of a dormant volcano.
Sperm whales, common dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in the Azores archipelago year-round.