Billed as Europe’s toughest half marathon, the Madeira Uphill 2000 event is a 22-kilometre race which is almost entirely uphill. Starting in the capital city of Funchal, the course winds around the island’s beautiful woodland and mountainous scenery in a permanent ascent until the end. You’ll be happy to reach the finishing line, not just because it will be an amazing achievement but also because it happens to be one of Madeira’s most beautiful lookout points. Scaling the 2,000-kilometre high peak of Pico do Areiro is the ultimate goal of the race - a feat not for the faint-hearted. If you’re not up to the full half marathon, there is also a 10-kilometre mini-marathon or you can run the half marathon as part of a four-stage relay.
The Madeira Uphill 2000 takes place at the end of September 2017. If you’d like to enter the race, you can register at the official website here. It’s wise to do register sooner rather than later as the registration fee increases as time goes on. The fee is €17 before August and rises to €25 thereafter. The top three participants of each gender receive a much sought-after trophy. The half marathon and relay starts at 8.30am with the mini-marathon commencing an hour later.
The Uphill 2000 takes its name from the height of its finishing point, Pico do Arieiro, which stands just shy of 2,000 metres tall. The view from the top of Madeira Island’s third highest mountain is nothing short of spectacular with mountains, clouds and the sea all stretching out before you. If you’re planning to cheer on the runners, make sure you bring plenty of layers with you. Although temperatures in Madeira in September reach an average of 25 degrees celsius, the peaks are so high that it can get very chilly at the top.
Where to stay in Madeira for the Madeira Uphill 2000
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While you’re in Madeira, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see on this beautiful island, including: Cabo Girao, Monte Palace Tropical Garden and a tour of the local vineyards.
To find out more information about this hardcore race, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to register for the event, check out the official timetable and view the exact race route.
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