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 northerly location and temperatures remain around 20°C all year round.
Participants arrive into Ponta Delgada airport on Friday and transfer to their accommodation. Race welcome, safety briefings, and mandatory kit checks will take place at the race hotel in the centre of town from noon until midnight.
The race starts at 05:00 on Saturday morning and covers 83km of spectacular mountain trails. Before the starting gun fires, runners will deposit their drop bag which will be available when they reach camp that afternoon/evening.
The final stage of the race is 42km and begins at 09:00. Runners will again deposit their drop bag, which will be available at the finish line where prize giving and celebrations will take place. All competitors are then transferred back to Ponta Delgada.
1. Race entry
2. Accommodation during the race (5th September)
3. Transfers from the finish line to Ponta Delgada
4. Medical staff on course and at all campsites
5. Drinking water at checkpoints on course and hot water
for preparing food at all 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
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. Doctor’s fees (eg. for medical certificate)
7. Spending money
8. Transport home for runners who are
disqualified or withdraw early
The living accommodation consists of tents shared by between 6 and 15 competitors. All participants must provide their own roll mats and sleeping bags.
This is NOT a self-supported race. Runners only need to carry their daily nutrition and emergency equipment. Bags are transported between campsites by the organisers.
Competitors will need to provide their own food from Sunday 5th September to Sunday 6th September. Dehydrated or freeze dried food is recommended.
Please see the Race Information Pack and Kit List below for comprehensive details about the race.
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!”Seb Moulding
“‘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!”Jodie Gauld
“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.”Dom Stuckes