Ultra X Morocco is an event that takes place in and around the city of Ouarzazate (Pronounced – Wuh-zuh-zet) in November each year. It offers two races: Ultra X 110 Morocco and Ultra X 50 Morocco.
Nicknamed the door of the desert, Ouarzazate is positioned in south-central Morocco, south of the High Atlas Mountains. This course will take you on a sensory journey, past Kasbahs, through traditional fortified villages, lush oasises and over rocky desert whilst being supported by the wonderful local population.
Taking part in mid November, the climate conditions for the race should be temperate, with lows of 8°C in the evening but highs that could reach around 30°C during the day.
Ultra X 50 Morocco (50km race) takes place on the second day (Sunday) of Ultra X 110 Morocco.
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What happens when you register
Once you have registered for a race;
You will be sent an email inviting you to a call with a member of our team. This is by no means mandatory but it will allow you to ask us any questions you may have regarding the event, training, food, equipment and anything else at all.
You will be asked if you would like to be added to the competitor Facebook and Whatsapp groups. Of course you do not have to but they are a great way to get to know your fellow competitors before you reach the start line.
You will be invited to a number of short video calls where we’ll go through kit/equipment, food and pre-event preparation. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you like.
We have very relaxed cut offs. To us, it’s not about what time you get, it’s the adventure you have along the way. On average you will have between 2hrs 30 mins to complete each 10km (in-between checkpoints). Exact race cut-offs can be found in the race information pack.
If you don’t finish
In the scenario that you cannot finish a stage at one of our events, you will be offered entry into the following edition of the race at half price. You will not receive a finishers medal or official result.
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We understand that competitors may wish to travel to Morocco 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.
The Atlas mountains
Experience the mountain range in the Maghreb in North Africa, separating the Sahara Desert from the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Climb Mount Toubkal the highest peak in Morocco (4,167m) on a two day trip.
Desert excursion add on
Experience the Sahara desert post race with the Ultra X add on package. Runners will have the choice between camel riding, quad biking or going on a 4×4 dune experience.
Where Europe, Africa and the Middle East comes to mingle. Enjoy ambling around the medinas and souks of this ancient city.
What others say
“Ultra X Morocco was a super accessible event! The cost of racing abroad is usually very high but Morocco is a budget friendly, beautiful and easy to get to location. If you’re planning on doing a multistage desert event like myself, use Ultra X Morocco as a taster of what you’ll be in for! It was a tough race but you’ll be supported by the crew all the way through. We ran through iconic parts of Ouarzazate and finished at the set of the Gladiator… which you’ll definitely feel like one when you’ve finished!”
“‘One of my favourite quotes is, ‘In order to grow, you need to let go of the illusion that you actually know yourself’, and there is no better way to grow and to find out who you are really are and what you are capable of, than by being curious and taking action, doing hard things, achieving the unachievable and breaking everyday norms. My ultrarunning journey has elevated my life and unlocked a potential that I never knew existed, it’s also taken me to the most isolated and beautiful locations on the planet, and best of all, I’ve made friends for life along the way. This journey is my Ultra X journey, and I couldn’t recommend it more to anyone”
“I’ve been completely captivated by how much running Ultra’s can change your view on the world, and Morocco did not fall short of this. To have the opportunity to run through the middle of a desert with no civilisation as far as the eye could see was a privileged experience, and there is something immensely rewarding about the isolation whilst still having the security of a full support and medic crew.
The course was breathtaking, and whilst relatively little elevation, there was a huge strategy game to be had pacing yourself at altitude and in the heat. It’s not a course for the faint hearted, but come prepared and it will certainly rank in some of the top Ultra’s you can experience. Plus it’s a great opportunity to add on a bit of a holiday afterwards!.”