Marathons come in all sports and challenges. The ones in the jungle category are for an elite group of running enthusiasts combined with survivor seekers. Those who are tired of the same old running paths and trails will find themselves immersed in unchartered territory, vulnerable, sometimes miserable, and, utterly isolated. But, if you can make it through to the finish line, you can call yourself in a class among the most amazing athletes in the world.
One of the only jungle courses in the world, this ultra covers rough and exotic terrain not touched by human hands. Located in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, it isn’t just a race; it is a bucket list item. Even seasoned athletes will be challenged by the endurance it takes to run through 230km of arduous jungle trails including village roads and mountain treks. Making your way through the Virgin forest, runners will experience first-hand native tribes and unique wildlife. Not for the faint of heart, participants make their way from Cloud Forest down over 10,500 foot of Amazon jungle. This race isn’t about finding accommodations and making plans for the festivities; race participants will need to bring their own supplies to sustain themselves throughout the event. That includes the need for a sleeping bag, nourishment and anything else you need to survive in the wild. Not all roughing it, there is an after-party once finished and an overnight stay included in the Cuzco Hotel to rest and relax before returning to the real world.
127k or 254k
The Jungle Marathon is not a race for newbies or people who aren’t into an extreme adventure. If you are entering into the Jungle Marathon, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is safe, or that everyone makes it through. Labeled as one, if not the, most dangerous races in the world, runners make their way through the desert with swamps, river crossings and temperatures that can soar as high as 100 degrees or more with humidity that is as much as 99%. A misnomer, the Jungle Marathon is not your average 26.2 miles. It is an event that takes days, training and endurance that not many humans’s possess. No precautions or clearing of the land to preempt this race, participants are likely to encounter dangerous and exotic creatures like piranhas and anacondas while making their way to survival, aka, the finish line. One of the most adventurous and arduous runs that any elite athlete can be a part of, if you can make it through the Amazon in Brazil, you can make it through anything that life can throw at you. Not for newbies, this course takes a special athlete with mental toughness. If you can make it through, however, you can consider yourself in a class of athletes that few will ever be included in.
21k & 42k
Two events combined into one, the Nuang Jungle Marathon run is only in its infancy. Held at Mount Nuang Malaysia, people come from around the world come to participate in this one in a kind event. Running for three years now, it is one of the most endurance-demanding international courses for both runners and seasoned hikers alike. Not for a newbie, this is a race for those who want to challenge themselves beyond the possible. A two-day event, it is one of the most treacherous trails a marathoner can set out on. Athletes will be subjected to rocky tracks, jungle trails, and root sections, that act more like hurdles. Once you reach the half way mark, you can ditch your bag and continue. The Nuang Jungle Marathon is not an event for someone who wants to give it a try. It is a huge commitment that entails perseverance, mental strength and the desire to become an elite athlete in a class all your own. If, however, you are willing to put in the training time and make finishing your goal, you will see sights only imagined and conquer your worst fears, proving you have what it takes.