Billed as the world toughest marathon, Gerês Extreme Marathon is a competitive road race which takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Portugal’s only National Park in the north of the country. It’s the gradient of the route’s slopes which make the course notoriously difficult to conquer and which attracts runners from around the globe who are keen to test themselves on the course. With some peaks exceeding 800 metres in height, this is no flat road race. There is much comfort to be had from the amazing views which you’ll encounter if you decide to participate or spectate in this marathon - running through this delightful National Park in early winter is something you must try out!
There are three separate races within the Gerês Marathon event - the 13-kilometre mini-marathon, the 21-kilometre Half Marathon and the 42-kilometre full marathon which can be undertaken solo or as part of a relay race. The marathon weekend takes place in early December, starting with the distribution of bibs on the Friday and the official opening of the event on the Saturday. The race itself begins at 9am on the Sunday. If you’d like to attend the Marathon, the easiest route is to fly to Porto International Airport and then take the train from there to Braga. After this pleasant 50-minute journey, take a taxi or hire a car to get you to the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
If you’re a fan of wildlife and nature, you’ll love the Peneda-Gerês National Park so make sure you book some extra time in the region to have a proper look around. Not only are there over 600 species of endangered flora in the park, you may also be lucky enough to spot some of its animal residents - red squirrels, roe deer, grey wolf and the Minho horse are just a few of its inhabitants.
Where to stay in Gerês for the Extreme Marathon
Make the most of your visit to the National Park by staying in the perfect rental accommodation for you. Book with Eventful Stays and you can choose to stay in apartments, bed and breakfasts, studios, cottages, townhouses or flats, all within easy reach of the marathon route via public transport.
While you’re in Gerês, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see in this breathtaking region, including: Miradouro da Pedra Bela, Cascata Tahiti waterfall and the Cascata da Portela do Homem.
To find out more information about this popular race, please head to the Gerês Extreme Marathon official website where you’ll be able to register for the events, check out the official programme and see past winners, results and photo galleries.
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