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Destination Ultramarathon: Jungle Marathon

I thought it might be fun to periodically highlight a few destination races across the world.

I recently ran into an interesting event called the Jungle Marathon.

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Location

The Jungle Marathon takes place in the Floresta National de Tapajos in the State of Para, Brazil. This is a jungle run folks in an area of the country often referred to as the Caribbean of the Amazon.

Race Summary

This event is a multi-stage/day event where athletes choose between the 100 km or 222 km distance spread across 4-6 days. Runners have to be self-sufficient with only water at designated checkpoints. 2010 daily stage distances range from 16.3 km to 87 km (non-stop overnight).

North American The North Face athletes, Mike Wolfe (US), Nikki Kimball (US), and Tracey Garneau (CAN), all participated in the 2009 222 km event.

Accommodations

Sleep in a cozy, plush resort each night – nope! You sleep in hammocks (which you have to bring) in camps along the shores of the river.

Videos
Promo
Be sure to check out the 2009 Promo video. (Unfortunately I couldn’t embed it.)

Race Briefing

The below video contains moments from the 2009 race briefing captured by adambrown.tv. He collected a bunch of cool footage.

Critter talk, athlete thoughts, and the RD describing stage 1.

(If you can’t see the video, click Jungle Marathon 2009 Day 2 Jungle Briefing)

Stage 1 15.43 km Highlights

The first finisher of the stage took 2:51 and the final stage finisher came in at 9:08 for the 222 km race division.

Jungle Marathon 2009 Day 3: Stage 1 from Adam Brown on Vimeo.

Over the next couple Friday’s I will include a couple more video stages to kick-start your weekend adventures.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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