This page is intended as a guide to:

  • other adventure races which would provide useful experience for the Everest Marathon
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United Kingdom

SleepMonsters is run by Everest Marathon Fund trustee Rob Howard, and covers adventure racing around the world through a network of international sites. It’s the world’s No 1 adventure racing site with a comprehensive calendar, hundreds of race reports, thousands of pictures, news, forums, race profiles, advice and tips.

The Fell Runners Association. A complete calendar of events in the UK for the current year and a useful ‘links’ page to other events worldwide.

Scottish Hill Runners.  Membership benefits include a regular newsletter, an annual journal and a Race Calendar which includes all hill races in Scotland.  Up-to-date information on all aspects of hill racing, training, long distance challenges, and non-competitive hill running in Scotland.

The Original Mountain Marathon (formerly the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon). Held in October, a challenging two day mountain event (the Elite course being 2 sequential marathon lengths) where a team of two navigate their way around a 2 day mountainous course in a new location each year, carrying food/stove/tent/equipment for an overnight camp.

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon.  Usually takes place in June in a remote, high mountain region of the Scottish Highlands. Two-day mountain orienteering competition with an overnight camp at a remote location. Teams run in pairs and carry lightweight camping equipment, clothes and food to sustain themselves for 36 hours. You can choose from six courses ranging from Elite to Novice.

Saunders Lakeland Moutain Marathon.  Held in July each year in the English Lake District. A two-day fell running and mountain navigation event open to teams of two.

Wildoutdoors, a company based in Scotland, offers running, walking, cycling and ecology/wildlife holidays.


Lapland Ultra. 100 km run and walk in Swedish Lapland held in June in the light of the Midnight Sun. It is also possible to complete just some of the stages at 38/42/64/81 km.

The Spartathlon is an historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in September each year in Greece from Athens to Sparta. It is one of the most difficult and satisfying ultra distance races in the world because of the unique history and background.

North Pole Marathon. The most northerly marathon in the world:  this marathon is not run on land – it is run ‘on’ frozen water, in the high Arctic Ocean.

Swiss Alpine Marathon Davos. 11/23/30/42/79 km races held at the end of July. Beautiful classic runs for various abilities.

Jungfrau Marathon. September, Interlaken, Switzerland. 42 km with 1829m ascent: 50% on road and 50% on trails in full view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. August, Chamonix.   98/109/168/300 km races.   The 168 km race is the original UTMB passing through 3 countries (France, Italy and Switzerland) around Europe’s highest peak.

Marathon du Medoc, Pauillac, France in September. The only road race in this list but a real ‘must do’ – if you can obtain one of the 8,000 places! The web site says it all. “The Medoc Marathon is a real giant party. The day before the race almost fifteen hundred people will gather in one of the Medoc-Chateaux for the famous Thousand-Pasta-Dinner. The race itself starts with a fancy show and goes on with entertainment, music, thousands of disguised runners, 52 music bands, 22 catering stops, 21 wine-tasting stops and those where regional specialities are offered, like oysters, grilled beef, cheese and a Medoc speciality of pork-butchers delicatessen. The winner and the last runner to cross the finish line receive instead of a cash prize, their weight worth in great wines.”


The Marathon des Sables is a 6 day, 151 mile (243 km) endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, normally held end of March or the beginning of April. Daily stages of 25/34/38/82/42/ 22 km. Applicants from UK, Eire and Israel can register through

Comrades Marathon. The most famous of South Africa’s ultras: 89 km in KwaZulu Natal in May/June. 2013 is the down route (Pietermaritzburg – Durban) and 2014 the up route ( Durban – Pietermaritzburg). On the down route you start in the basalt peaks of the Drakensburg, and run through the rolling grass hills of the Midlands to the lush coast at Durban.

Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town, South Africa on Easter Saturday. 56 and 21 km through the Cape peninsular.

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. Experience the challenge of South Africa with this 250km self-sufficiency run in the Great Kalahari. The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is usually held in October: six legs in seven days with set distances for each day, from 25km to 75km. Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event. Overnight shelter in camps, and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied.   This company also runs the Addo Elephant Trail Run (44/76 km) in March.

La Grand Raid de la Réunion. La Diagonale des Fous – The Fools’ Race – 148 km from the southerly point of the island (Cap Méchant) to Saint-Denis on the north coast, with 8,000m of ascent crossing 5 crests (ca 2,000m high) and bypassing the island’s active volcano. Held at the end of October each year. There are also a one day races of 61 and 93 km.

Sahara Marathon. Difficult course on sand roads in a harsh and unforgiving environment. In aid of the Western Sahara Refugee Camps, Tindouf, Algeria. 5/10/21/42 km races.  February/March.

Safaricom Marathon. 13/26 mile course on dirt roads around Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya at 5,500 feet. Over-looked by Mount Kenya to the south, stunning views towards Samburu and Mount Ol Lolokwe in the north and a vast assortment of game. June.


Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset in July/August is an annual event that allows runners to experience some of the most spectacular and pristine trail running in the world. Whether you come to challenge the Mongolian champions over the 100 km distance, or to challenge yourself on your first 42 km marathon, Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset offers you a week of discovery and exploration.

Himalayan 100 mile stage race. 5 day, 100 mile stage race in the Darjeeling area (India) held in October/November. Daily stages of 24/20/26/13/17 miles. Also a 26 mile race and 100 mile bike rally.

Great Wall Marathon. 26 miles on the Great Wall of China held in May. 5,164 steps on the Wall and flatter tarmac/gravel roads through farmland and picturesque villages. 7.5/21 km races also held.

Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon. Sabah is the northernmost tip of Borneo and South East Asia’s highest peak (4095m) is situated in the Kinabalu national park. The October race is from the park’s exhibition hall to the peak and down again. and click on Events, then search for Climbathon.

The Americas

The All American Trail Running Association web site has a calendar of North American races and some international events.

The Pikes Peak Marathon (Manitou Springs, Colorado) is hailed as one of the most gruelling in the world with a vertical ascent of 7,815 feet. The 26.2 mile course is held in August and there is also a Pike Peaks Ascent race which only does the first uphill section!

Badwater Ultramarathon 135 mile, invitational race in California from Badwater in Death Valley (280 feet below sea level) to Whitney Portals on Mt. Whitney ( 8360 feet) held in July.

Andes Adventures. This American company is currently offering various running holidays in South America, including the Inca Trail marathon (Machu Pichu) and the 100 mile Chasqui Challenge, Atacama marathon and Torres del Paine circuit.

Jungle Marathon. 242 km in 6 stages (7 days) or 110 km in 4 stages (4 days) on tracks and trails through the Amazon jungle in Brazil in October. Each runner is required to carry all their own food and gear for the duration of the race; bottled water provided. At the end of each stage, runners will share occupancy on pre-erected Amazonian style campsites with hammocks.

Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon. Anchorage, Alaska, in June. Bike trails, gravel and rocky paved roads from the foothills of the Chugach Mountains to the steely waters of Cook Inlet. 5/13/26 miles.

New Zealand

Kepler Challenge
Kepler Challenge

Kepler Challenge. A 60 km endurance race held in December in the Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand. Serious mountains, serious weather! Also, the 27 km all uphill Luxmore Grunt.

The Seventh Continent

Antarctica Marathon. Held in February/March on King George Island. Package includes flights from Buenos Aires and 10 nights on board ship.13 and 26 miles.  Waitlist only for 2014 and 2015 but bookings being accepted for 2016.

Antarctica Ice Marathon, Half Marathon and 100km Ultra Race.  8 day package in November/December  including flights from Punta Arenas to Patriot Hills.



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