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 7th 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.
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).
Under 30 hours
Under 34 hours
Over 34 hours
1. Race entry
2. Accommodation during the race (8–13 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
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
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 by the organisers.
Competitors will need to provide their own food from Sunday 8th November to Saturday 14th November. 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
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”