Ultra X’s Azores 50k ultra marathon 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 takes place on the second day (Sunday) of Ultra X 110 Azores.
If you’re looking for a 50k ultramarathon training plan, you can download one here
What happens when you register
Once you have registered for a race;
You will be sent an email inviting you to a call with a member of our team. This is by no means mandatory but it will allow you to ask us any questions you may have regarding the event, training, food, equipment and anything else at all.
You will be asked if you would like to be added to the competitor Facebook and Whatsapp groups. Of course you do not have to but they are a great way to get to know your fellow competitors before you reach the start line.
You will be invited to a number of short video calls where we’ll go through kit/equipment, food and pre-event preparation. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you like.
We have very relaxed cut offs. To us, it’s not about what time you get, it’s the adventure you have along the way. On average you will have between 2hrs 30 mins to complete each 10km (in-between checkpoints). Exact race cut-offs can be found in the race information pack.
If you don’t finish
In the scenario that you cannot finish a stage at one of our events, you will be offered entry into the following edition of the race at half price. You will not receive a finishers medal or official result.
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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.
What others say
“I never even knew where the Azores was when I registered! Turns out it’s a tiny archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal. Mountains, coastal trails, volcanoes, lagoons, beaches, canyons… I cannot wait to go to this place. It sounds like Jurassic Park!”
“‘The Azores’ sounds exotic and it turns out these islands are pretty remote! Having spent a week in the Azores already, I couldn’t recommend this area more highly for gnarly trails and varied landscapes. Just two days into the weeklong trip I found myself booking onto Ultra X Azores, already knowing I’d want more!”
“The Azores race sounds amazing. Having taken part in the Ultra X Mexico last year, I really liked the concept of a two day event and the distance. The location was also a huge draw; the Azores being somewhere you almost certainly wouldn’t go to for any other reason and the scenery looks unbelievable. Not an opportunity to be missed.”