Ultra BOLIVIA Race
23 – 29 September 2024
Experience an adventure over 3600 meters on the Bolivian Altiplano
The Bolivian Altiplano
The route of the Ultra BOLIVIA Race crosses among the most fascinating landscapes of Latin America. The start is at Salinas at 550 km south of La Paz. The first day, competitors will join the Salar de Coipasa. During the second day, they will join the archaeological site of Alcaya.
The crossing of this site will take you to 4100 meters of elevation in the heart of the wild Altiplano: arid landscape surrounded by volcanoes, some exceeding 6000 meters. The third and fourth days you will discover authentic villages and nice views on the Volcano Tunupa (5400 meters).
The rest of the route will be on the Salar of Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world (10000 km2 of salt at 3650 meters above sea level). You will discover the Isla del Pescado and the Isla Incahuasi and their giant cactus. The vastness of the Salar of Uyuni and harmonious colors of the Altiplano will give you singular sensations.
220 km at over 3600 meters of altitude
The Ultra BOLIVIA Race is a 220 km foot race in 7 stages with 2400 meters of ascent and in food self-sufficiency. Each competitor must carry a backpack containing the compulsory equipment, food and personal equipment. The event takes place on the Bolivian Altiplano in South America.
The participants must follow the route as marked by the organizers and indications of the map given before the race. There are check points located at regular intervals. Every night a bivouac is proposed by the organization. A technical support and a medical team are present during the whole event.
Competitors who cannot respect the limit time per stage (10 hours) can stay in the race. They will be classified according to the kilometers they ran during the event.
Save the dates
Saturday 21 September 2024
- 8 am: Meeting at Hotel Naira & transfer from La Paz to Salinas (8 hours drive)
- 5pm: Check-in at hotel in Salinas
- 7pm: Dinner & overnight at hotel
Sunday 22 September 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast at the hotel in Salinas
- 9 am: Administrative, technical and medical checks
- 1 pm: Lunch and free afternoon
- 7 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Monday 23 September 2024
Stage 1: 33 km / 500 mD+ / 500 mD- / 10 hours
Tuesday 24 September 2024
Stage 2: 27 km / 200 mD+ / 200 mD- / 10 hours
Wednesday 25 September 2024
Stage 3: 33 km / 850 mD+ / 850 mD- / 10 hours
Thursday 26 September 2024
Stage 4: 29 km / 520 mD+ / 520 mD- / 10 hours
Friday 27 September 2024
Stage 5: 30 km / 130 mD+ / 200 mD- / 10 hours
Saturday 28 September 2024
Stage 6: 42 km / 100 mD+ / 100 mD- / 10 hours
Sunday 29 September 2024
Stage 7: 26 km / 60 mD+ / 40 mD- / 10 hours
- 11 am: Award ceremony on the Salar d’Uyuni
- 12 pm: Transfer to Colchanie
- 1 pm: Check-in at the hotel and free afternoon
- 7 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Monday 30 September 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast at the hotel
- Shuttle transfer to Uyuni airport
⇒ HOSTAL NAIRA
Address: Sagarnaga Street no. 161, La Paz, Bolivia.
BEFORE THE RACE:
⇒ El Alto International Airport
It is the highest international airport in the world.
(IATA code: LPB, ICAO code: SLLP)
⇒ Uyuni Airport
Send us a message specifying the race (s) from which you wish to receive Event Information. This document includes the itinerary of the event, the list of compulsory equipment and information to sign-up.
Frequently asked questions
What equipment are compulsory to participate in the Ultra BOLIVIA Race?
During the pre-race checks, each participant must present the following equipment:
- Backpack x1
- Sleeping bag (-10 °C comfort) x1
- Lighter x1
- Compass x1
- Knife (blade:3,5 cm min.) x1
- Mirror (diameter: 6 cm min.) x1
- Whistle x1
- Survival blanket x1
- Headlamp x1
- Additional batteries x4
- Utensils to cook x1
- Solid fuel tablets x15
- Medical pocket for the first aid x1
- Salt tablets or similar x20
- Solar cream x1
- Sunglass x1
- Water bidons of 1 liter x2 (or similar)
Highly recommended equipment:
- Mattress x1
- Additional clothes
- Cap x1
- Flip flops x1
How to manage the altitude?
Most healthy runners acclimate well to altitude as long as they follow a few simple rules:
- Observe 2 to 3 days of rest relating to the arrival at altitude,
- Avoid cooling due to large temperature variations,
- Listening to your body to detect the onset of Acute Mountain Sickness.
Participants in the Ultra BOLIVIA Race will receive a few months before the event an information letter concerning adaptation to altitude and “Acute Mountain Sickness.”
How much food should we have for the competition?
Each entrant must provide his/her own food for 7 days. Each competitor must have 2 000k/calories per day, that is to say a minimum of 14 000k/calories, otherwise he/she will be penalized. Gas stoves are strictly forbidden.
How will I be able to orient myself on the course?
Participants must imperatively follow the course provided by the organization under penalty of penalty. The course will be marked by the organization team. In addition, before departure, participants will have a map with the route, distances, directions to follow as well as the particularities of the course. The absence of a card during the event will result in a penalty.
When will we have water during the competition?
Participants receive water at checkpoints (1 or 2 checkpoints per stage), morning and evening at the bivouac. It is imperative to have your bidons (compulsory equipment) because we do not give bottles. In addition, we do not distribute hot water.
What are the temperatures on the Altiplano?
The theoretical temperatures on the Bolivian Altiplano in September are between -10 and -5 °C at night and between +2 and +10 °C during the day.
How will we be accommodated during the event?
During the race the participants sleep in tents (two people per tent).
How to join the group in La Paz?
Registration fees do not include air tickets. Participants must individually manage transport (plane and airport transfer) to reach the meeting point with the group. Participants must be on Saturday September 21 at the hotel Naira in La Paz (Sagarnaga Street no. 161).
How do I validate my registration?
To register for the Ultra BOLIVIA Race, we ask you to send us the registration form duly completed and signed. This document can be sent by mail or email. You must also send us a copy of your passport, a repatriation insurance certificate. Finally, to confirm your registration, you must pay the deposit. -> Entry fees details
What is the deadline to register?
There is no deadline to register for the Ultra BOLIVIA Race but there are limited number of places available.