The PT281+ Ultramarathon is the longest foot race in the world with participants covering 281 kilometres or 175 miles over a period of 66 hours at altitudes peaking at 900 metres. The course covers some beautiful trails in the region of Beira with competitors starting out at Belmonte and ending up in Proenca-a-Nova, taking in the Naturtejo Geopark, rolling hills and some of the country’s most historic villages. If you’re not up for the whole 175 miles, participants can split in teams of 2, 3 or 4 and run the race as a relay. An alternative is to travel to Belmonte to spectate - there are few more beautiful spots from which to cheer on the runners.
The Ultramarathon starts at Belmonte in the Beira region of Portugal. If you’d like to enter the race, please head to the official website where you can register. Registration costs €260 if you’re participating as an individual, €360 for two runners, €590 for three and €720 for a team of four runners taking part as a relay. You can pay in instalments so check the website for more details. To reach Belmonte, the quickest way is to fly to Porto International Airport via one of the many regular flights from a UK city and the take the three-hour Braga-Castelo Branco bus to Belmonte. An alternative is to fly to Lisbon and take the Lisboa Oriente train.
The PT281+ is inspired by the tough ultramarathons which take place in Brazil and America, such as Badwater. Whether you’re spectacting or participating in this race, an important factor to consider is the heat. With temperatures regularly reaching 44 degrees celsius in July, the need to stay hydrated is a very real one.
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While you’re in the Beira region, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see in this breathtaking area, including: Castelo de Belmonte, Torre de Centum Cellas and Igreja Matriz de Belmonte.
To find out more information about one of the world’s toughest races, please head to the PT281+ Ultramarathon official website where you’ll be able to check out the official programme, register for the event and take advice on what to take with you to the race.
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