Race will take place in Mexico, in the State of Chihuahua, in the canyon area of "Cañon del Cobre", which is part of the "Sierra Madre Occidental" mountain range – Sierra Tarahumara, among the indigenous populations of Tarahumaras, whose name translates as the " Rarámuri racers ".
It is the third edition of “ Ultra Run Rarámuri ” which will take place from April 21 to 30, 2018, and will have about 30 participants from various countries.
The participants will have a maximum of 96 hours, i.e. 4 days, to complete about 200 km non-stop, day and night in semi-sufficiency.
This means that each participant will manage their own time throughout his journey with, every 20 / 30 km, a race control point (CP), where they will be able to get water, extra food and rest.
Throughout the course, assistance and monitoring will be carried out by all-wheel drive, and a medical team will be present.
The first ones to arrive will make it in a little more than 24h and with almost no sleep !
Regardless of the ranking, on these distances, finishing the race is a challenge in itself.
Paradoxically, it is easier to finish this type of race than to start it : the body needs several hours to accept the message given by the mind – at these distances we are running with our head : it is the way of the will.
It is also an almost mystical quest; many people say they emerge stronger from these experiences where they learned more about themselves, and to go beyond limits they believed impassable.
It is also a parenthesis in our lives, one where human relationships become easier.
Jean-François still remembers, during an extraordinary journey through the desert sand in the middle of the Ténéré, having talked for the whole night while walking with another participant who was sharing his fate, each telling his life, his experiences, his aspirations in all sincerity – removing all psychological and social barriers !
Effort – in the midst of a dwarfing and sometimes hostile nature – makes masks drop.
The race is not necessarily meant for accomplished athletes, but rather enduring adventurers (men and women) looking for strong emotions, with priority given to the spirit of adventure.
Race is also opened to Rarámuri participants, who will certainly appreciate measuring up to other racers on their home turf where they are used to running, but on a much longer distance, and non-stop day and night.
In native dialect, Rarámuri means " light foot " or " running foot ".
What a challenge !
The route will be particularly varied, alternating trails, ascents and descents, crossing bridges and rivers, racing through canyons, and ascending barren mountains.
A pure trail route on rugged paths will be favour for the beginning of the race.
After that, for their safety, participants will be followed by assistance vehicles, especially at night when they will have to run with a headlamp and a flashlight.
The race will start and finish in the village of Divisadero, where trophies will be awarded among Rarámuri villagers.
The race could be made difficult by weather conditions and altitude.
But what an adventure !