Ultra X Mex­ico


Ultra X Mex­ico


Ultra X Mex­ico












6–13 Nov 2021

As per cur­rent guidelines, we will be intro­du­cing a num­ber of pro­ced­ures to mit­ig­ate against the risk of Cov­id-19 trans­mis­sion and ensure our events are safe for par­ti­cipants, crew mem­bers, and the loc­al pop­u­la­tion. For more details, see our Cov­id-19 Trans­mis­sion Mit­ig­a­tion Policy.

ultra x mex­ico

Ultra X Mex­ico takes par­ti­cipants to the Sierra Madre moun­tains, in the south­w­est of the state of Chi­hua­hua. The spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain trails of the Cop­per Canyons found here are the home of the ori­gin­al ultra run­ners, an indi­gen­ous tribe called the Tarahu­mara Indi­ans, fam­ously fea­tured in the book Born to Run.

The Tarahu­mara are oth­er­wise known as the Rára­muri, mean­ing “those who run fast”. Com­pet­it­ors will have a rare chance to find out the truth of this for them­selves.



Com­pet­it­ors should arrive in Chi­hua­hua on or before Sat­urday 6th Novem­ber, where they will trans­fer to their accom­mod­a­tion in the city. Those that wish to stay in the race hotel will have the option to book this when regis­ter­ing.


Race wel­come, safety brief­ings, and man­dat­ory kit checks will take place at the race hotel in the centre of Chi­hua­hua at 09:00. All com­pet­it­ors are then trans­ferred to the “Magic Town” of Creel and to the first camp­site, where the race will start the fol­low­ing morn­ing.











On Fri­day even­ing after the race, the muni­cip­al­ity host a very spe­cial fin­ish party in the “Magic Town” of Batopilas, where the prize giv­ing and awards cere­mony also takes place.


On Sat­urday morn­ing, all com­pet­it­ors are trans­ferred back to Chi­hua­hua from Batopilas, stop­ping off for food in Creel and La Posta. For those with Sat­urday even­ing flights, we will arrive in Chi­hua­hua at approx­im­ately 18:00.


All good things must come to an end! Par­ti­cipants are free to trans­fer to the air­port on Sunday for return flights, or to begin their well deserved hol­i­day. For those stay­ing in coun­try, we sug­gest book­ing with a loc­al tour com­pany — please get in touch for recom­mend­a­tions.

Prize Money

The prize pot for Ultra X Mex­ico is £5,000 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.

Over­all Podi­um (Men and Women)

1st — £1,000
2nd — £450
3rd — £200

Over­all Stage Win­ners (Men and Women)

Stage 1 Win­ner — £100
Stage 2 Win­ner — £100
Stage 3 Win­ner — £100
Stage 4 Win­ner — £150 (long stage)
Stage 5 Win­ner — £100

Over­all Mas­ters 50+ (Men and Women)

1st — £150
2nd — £100
3rd — £50

Medal Rib­bons

All fin­ish­ers will receive a race medal. Dif­fer­ent medal rib­bons will be awar­ded based upon the fin­ish­ing times out­lined below.

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).

Black Rib­bon

Under 30 hours

White Rib­bon

Under 34 hours

Blue Rib­bon

Over 34 hours

Green Rib­bon

Envir­on­ment­al award

Import­ant Inform­a­tion


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 carry their daily nutri­tion and emer­gency kit. Race hold­alls are trans­por­ted between camp­sites.


Com­pet­it­ors will need to provide their own food from Sunday 7th Novem­ber to Sat­urday 13th Novem­ber. Dehyd­rated or freeze dried food is recom­men­ded.

 Please see the Race Inform­a­tion Pack and Kit List below for com­pre­hens­ive details about the race.


1. Race entry

2. Accom­mod­a­tion dur­ing the race (7–12 Novem­ber)

3. Trans­fers between Chi­hua­hua and the Cop­per Canyons

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. Cel­eb­rat­ory meal and loc­al enter­tain­ment on the final night of the race

7. Ground assist­ance and full safety sup­port

8. Digit­al cop­ies of all images from event pho­to­graph­er

9. Individual/team rank­ings and ITRA points

10. Finisher’s medal

not included:

1. Flights

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

Exper­i­ence Mex­ico

We under­stand that com­pet­it­ors may wish to travel to Mex­ico with fam­ily or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the coun­try 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.

Baja Cali­for­nia

Earth’s second-longest pen­in­sula is fam­ous for excel­lent wine, pristine nat­ur­al hab­it­ats, and year-round scuba diving.

Cop­per Canyons

Mexico’s wil­der­ness has it all: rav­ines, gorges, water­falls, hot springs, fam­ous val­leys, magic towns, and old rail­roads.

Mex­ico City

A centre of anthro­po­lo­gic­al his­tory and Lat­in Amer­ic­an art with both ancient ruins and mod­ern sky­scrapers.








What oth­ers say

“Ultra X Mex­ico was the best race I’ve ever done. I am so grate­ful for the oppor­tun­ity to exper­i­ence this won­der­ful event, of the like I had not exper­i­enced before.”
Takak­uzo Kur­ose


Ultra X cre­ated a way we could com­pletely immerse ourselves into the canyon, the vil­lages, people and com­pet­i­tion. They did a great job set­ting an amaz­ing point to point course, pick­ing beau­ti­ful camp­sites, aid sta­tions and world class med­ic­al sup­port to include price­less free daily ortho/body work. I was really impressed.”

Jason Sch­larb


Ultra X Mex­ico was W I L D ! The views, trails, nature… hon­estly breath­tak­ing. One night I had 40p noodles on top of the Cop­per Canyons and sud­denly I felt like I was din­ing at a mil­lion star res­taur­ant. What an adven­ture!”

Alise Miksta


I know that in the euphor­ia of fin­ish­ing every race, you think at the time it’s got to be the best one you’ve done. BUT, this genu­inely was.”

Mar­ina Ranger