frequently asked questions
What is an Ultra X event?
There are two formats of Ultra X event: 250 km races held over 5 days and 125 km races held over 2 days.
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 but not self-supported. Race organisers will transport a bag between campsites so that competitors only need carry what they require whilst running each day.
Is Ultra X for me?
Anyone with a basic level of fitness and the right attitude has the potential to become an Ultra X finisher.
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 push 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 six regular marathons in five days, whilst carrying a small race pack.
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 an adventure as it is a race.
How much training is required?
We recommend a minimum of 3 months prior to race commencement. However, this depends entirely on your base level of fitness. For some this will be less, and for others it will be a year, or even an 18 month, project.
With the right plan, these events are achievable for anyone. If you can do a marathon, you are more than capable of finishing an Ultra X. At the end of the day, 90% of it will come down to mental strength.
More than half of our competitors have not completed a marathon prior to registration and when we survey our finishers we typically find that the average biggest training week is between 52 and 60 miles.
Ultra X competitors can download specific training plans for their event (see the Ultra Xone) as well as access a community of like-minded and experienced individuals that share advice and support each other.
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 provide plenty of ways to find this information. Please see the Ultra Xone for more information.
When you enter a race you will also gain access to the Ultra X community to chat with the runners who’ll be joining you out on the trails and with veterans who’ve completed the race in the past.
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, ground assistance, digital photographs, finisher’s medal, and an awards ceremony.
Why is Ultra X cheaper than other multistage races? Is it the same quality?
The Ultra X vision is to make multi-day racing 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 long-term relationships with partners to minimise costs. That way, we are able to make the price as attractive as possible to the customer without compromising on quality and safety.
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 a signed medical certificate. This is not only an insurance requirement, we also want to ensure that participants are fit and healthy and can get the most out of what should be a (positively!) life-changing experience.
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. For this reason, 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 another Ultra X race (subject to a £50 administration charge), providing the transfer is made at least two months before the race start date.
Similarly, race entry fees for Ultra X 125 events are non-refundable. However, provided notice is given to the race organisers within two months of the race start date, the balance is also fully transferable to another Ultra X event.
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 GPS tracker or similar device upon race registration so we will be able to keep tabs on where you are.
Where can I find the kit list?
Kit lists can be found on the race pages and will also be sent to competitors upon registration. Each info pack differs slightly per race and contains both mandatory and recommended items.
Do I need inoculations/vaccinations for my location?
Depending on the race location you may or may not need vaccinations. Please check the downloadable info pack available on each race page for further information.
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 Ultra X races safe?
Some of our races take place in hostile environments in remote areas of the world 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. An experienced expedition Safety Officer is present during all races.
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 biennially from 2021.
Does each stage have a cut-off point?
In order to protect the safety of competitors and crew, it is sometimes necessary to introduce cut-off points to avoid participants competing in dangerous conditions.
That being said, it is our goal to have everyone finish each race. Where cut-offs are implemented, they allow a generous timeframe in which to complete the distance and in some situations an 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 see the get in touch page.
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, clothes, sleeping bag etc 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?
No. All of the stages must be completed (by the daily cut-off times where applicable) and in order. Anyone not finishing a stage will be disqualified and will no longer be allowed to participate.
Where will I be sleeping?
Accommodation will vary between stages and race locations. Full details are included in race information packs. However, you will definitely 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?
Checkpoints are provided mainly to distribute water and to confirm the progress and physical condition of the participants. From time to time directors may provide a morale boosting surprise for competitors…
Will the organisers be taking any official photographs?
Yes. Professional photographers and videographers will be part of the race support team and they will be taking plenty of shots throughout the stages and at the camps. Thousands of photos will be taken of individuals, groups, action and landscapes so you can rely on these exclusively and not have to worry about bringing a camera. These photos will be made available for all participants shortly after each event.
I would like to be involved in the event, but am not sure about running it this year, can I come?
Yes, the majority of the crew are volunteers who come back again and again. This means you are able to experience the amazing atmosphere of the event, the landscape, and the local culture without having to pay the entry fee. Please see our volunteer page for more information and registration info.
When is the race entry payable?
A £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 another race (provided two months notice is given) as mentioned above.
The remaining balance will be requested four 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.
Ultra X 125 race fees are fully non-refundable. However, provided competitors inform organisers at least two months prior to the race, the balance can be carried across to another Ultra X event of their choice.
Do I need insurance?
All participants must have valid travel insurance that covers them for the activity they are doing (i.e. ultra marathon trail running in extreme environments). We recommend Dogtag but there are many options, such as ITRA and the British Mountaineering Council. Proof of insurance and your medical certificate must be attached to an email and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one month before your race commences.
Can I compete as part of a team?
YES! We encourage teams and offer preferential rates for anyone who signs up as part of a team (see individual race pages for details). You can read about how competing as a team works in our terms and conditions.