Written By Sam Heward
Sam is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. If he's not actually out running, chances are he's busy writing about it (or plotting Ultra X strategy!)
We live in strange times, Coronavirus has literally prevented travel outside of front doors, let alone across borders and to the destinations we host our events. However, unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures and we at Ultra X pride ourselves in going above and beyond to bring #theultraXperience to you regardless of the situation.
As such, it gives us great pleasuree to announce the launch of the Ultra X At Home series, where we bring Ultra X Jordan, Mexico and Sri Lanka to your home for the same price as the races!
If we are not going to be able to race on the trails in these epic parts of the world, then why not race on these trails at home.
Here’s how it works:
- Register your interest by emailing the address at the bottom of this article stating your preference of desert, jungle or mountain and your home address;
- We will send you a link to register and within 14 days you will receive all the equipment to make your own trails at home.
Ultra X Jordan (Sand Package)
Ultra X Jordan, our original and best-known event is memorable for the challenge of 250km in the dry heat and heavy sand, whilst competitors race through the epic Wadi Rum Desert.
For those who choose this option, Ultra X will organize the delivery of 50kg of Jordanian sand to be delivered to your front door, alongside a large electric heater. After testing different product offerings, the Ultra X management team have concluded that sand and treadmills do not mix. As such, we recommend loops around the home to check off the distances. Check out the race page for a full breakdown of distances.
To add to the experience, we recommend setting up a screen with the Ultra X Jordan 2019 Documentary on repeat, to truly replicate the feeling of running in the Valley of the Moon.
- Camel (limited numbers available)
- Virtual Osteopathy from our friends at Osteo Adventures
Ultra X Sri Lanka (Jungle Package)
Making a jungle indoors is easier than you think and with the Sri Lanka jungle package we make it even easier. Once you’ve told us the light levels and dimensions of your home, we will send you various sizes, heights and dimensions of jungle foliage in order to add interest and variety. You can group various plants on the floor, and on windowsills and shelves. Once you’ve finished, you will feel like you are in Sri Lanka.
The course is fast and flat so for this one doing it on a treadmill is recommended. However, to mimic the river crossings which the race is famed for, we suggest that every 10km you get off and do 2-5 lengths of the slip’n’slide which is provided in the race package.
Distance breakdowns available on the race page.
- One of the greatest challenges of Ultra X Sri Lanka is the humidity. As such, we are offering a state of the art XL humidifier for those that want the most authentic jungle experience.
Ultra X Mexico (Mountain Package)
Ultra X Mexico represents the greatest challenge from our perspective to re-create, but we stop at nothing!
We have partnered with our friends at The Altitude Centre who will be delivering hypoxic generators to each of our registered participants to simulate the altitude in the Copper Canyons. Not only that, we will be delivering a tonne of small boulders which can be placed strategically around the house/garden to mimic some of the more technical sections of the course.
- Donkey (hire only)
- Sandals and Tarahumara shawl
For those who are interested in entering one of these events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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