FAQFrequently Asked Questions
Is Ultra X for me?
There are a huge range of abilities of Ultra X competitors. Some of the best athletes in the world compete in the series but equally we welcome those that just wish to trek and enjoy the adventure. No matter your speed or aim, you will be welcomed.
For those who are looking to test themselves against the finest in the sport, Ultra X offers the chance to compete against a range of professional and semi-professional athletes looking to gain points and qualify for the World Championships.
For those who simply want to test themselves the races provide a demanding test of the human body and spirit like no other. To enter you will need to be physically and mentally strong. Competitors will be doing the equivalent of almost 6 regular marathons, carrying a small rucksack, in 5 days.
That being said, the races are achievable to everyone. Our cut-off times are generous to allow for participants to walk up to 80% of the distance and still complete. This is as much of an adventure as it is a race.
Why is Ultra X cheaper than other multistage races? Is it the same quality?
The Ultra X vision is to make multi-day racing as accessible and as such it is important that the price enables as many people as possible to take part.
Our model is designed around scale generated from having a global series and relationships with partners to minimize costs. That way, we are able to make the price as attractive as possible to the customer without compromising on quality and safety.
How much training is required?
This depends entirely on your base level of fitness, we recommend a minimum of 4 months prior to race commencement. However, for some this will be a year, or even an 18 month project.
With the right plan these events are available to anyone. If you can do a marathon you are more than capable of finishing. At the end of the day 90% of it will come down to mental strength.
Out of the 2018 Wadi Rum Ultra competitors, 40% of finishers had never done an ultramarathon previously and their biggest week of training was on average 55 miles.
Upon registration Ultra X competitors will gain access to specific training plans for their event as well as access to a community have significant experience in this and can offer advice.
Do I have to get a medical to take part in a race?
Yes, all participants regardless of ability and experience are required to submit the health check form which can be downloaded as a pdf once registered for a race. We want this to ensure that you are fit, healthy and can get the most from the experience, plus our insurance requires it.
Why do some races cost more than others?
Our aim is to keep the cost as low as possible for each competitor. That said, some events cost more to host than others and that’s why there may be a slight variation in the cost of each race.
Is my deposit refundable?
The deposit that you pay upon registration is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend a race for any reason and you have already paid the deposit, you can carry it forward to the following year’s edition.
What is an Ultra X event?
Ultra X events are all of the same format: A 250 kilometre race held over 5 days across stunning trails.
Each day involves a single stage between campsites and can range from 30 to 80 km in length. There are checkpoints roughly every 10 km where water and medical support is provided.
Competitors must be fully self- sufficient, however race organisers will transport a bag in between campsites so that during each stage competitors only need carry what they need whilst running.
What is provided in the entry fee?
Please see individual race pages for a full list. The fee as a minimum includes race entry, accommodation, water, basic insurance, medical support and awards ceremony.
Can I get lost?
It is virtually impossible for you to get lost. There are flags, or other bright markers, every 40 metres and there are checkpoints every 10 km. You will also be given a tracker or similar device upon registration so we will be able to keep tabs on where you are.
Where can I find the kit list?
The kit list is which will be sent to competitors upon registration for their race. Each info pack differs slightly per race and contains both mandatory and recommended items. Please contact us should you wish to see the list for your event of interest prior to registering.
Do I need inoculations/vaccinations for my location?
Depending on the race’s locations you may or may not need any vaccinations. Please check the downloadable info pack available on each race page for information on this.
Can my family/friends come out to the finish line?
Yes, Ultra X provide a family and friends package to all races. If you wish to enquire about this please contact usand we will respond within 24 hours.
Are the Ultra X races safe?
We race in hostile environments in remote places and there are risks inherent in that kind of adventure. However, we take pride in working hard to manage those risks and keep our runners from harm. Safety and enjoyment are at the heart of our entire race series, with your safety taking priority at all times.
What are the World Championships?
Upon registration, competitors to Ultra X races will receive a unique race number which will be theirs for life.
Points will be allocated based on performance and attendance at events, with the highest scoring competitors getting the opportunity to compete at the World Championships to be held from 2021.
Does each stage have a cut-off point?
Yes, in order to protect the safety of competitors it is necessary to introduce cut off points to avoid competitors competing in dangerous conditions.
That being said, it is our goal to have everyone finish so each stage allows a generous time to complete the distance and in some situations a short course/ early start may be provided for those competing at a speed which would jeopardise the chances of the competitor returning safely.
Cut-offs will be communicated to athletes the evening before each stage.
How do I contact the Ultra X team?
That’s easy. We keep an eye on our inboxes at all times and guarantee to respond to queries within 24 hours. Please go to the contact us page.
Can you help us with kit, training and nutrition advice?
Whilst we can’t tell you exactly what to eat, what to wear and how to train, as that is all part of the journey, we can offer advice and we can offer you plenty of ways to find this information.
When you enter a race you will gain access to the Ultra X community to chat with the runners who’ll be joining you out on the trail and with veterans who’ve completed the race in the past.
What do I need to carry during the race?
All our races are semi- self supported. This means that competitors must bring all their own food for the week, however we will transport a main bag with food, change of clothes, sleeping bag etc in between campsites. All you will need to carry during each stage will be snacks for the run, water and your mandatory kit.
Can I decide which stages I want to do?
Where will I be sleeping?
Accomodation will vary between stages and race locations. Full details are included in race information documents, however you will need a sleeping bag!
What happens if I cannot continue?
If a participant is incapacitated for any reason (exhaustion, injury, or other), they will be required to drop from the event and notify a member of the crew. They will then be transported off the course by event staff or if, in the opinion of the Medical Director and Event Directors they are physically able, they may continue to volunteer for the remainder of the Event. Given the limited transportation available for moving staff and volunteers around the course, only a few competitors will be able to take up this option, at the discretion of the race organisers.
What can I expect at each checkpoint?
Will the organisers be taking any official photographs?
I would like to be involved in the event, but am not sure about running it this year, can I come?
When is the race entry payable?
£300 deposit is payable upon registration. This is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend a race for any reason and you have already paid the deposit, you can carry it forward to the following year’s edition.
The remaining balance will be requested 4 months before the race start and must be paid in full two months prior to the race. If the balance is not settled the runner will not be able to compete.