Date: October 4th- 13th 2012
All competitors will have the choice of two distances:100km in 4 days or 222km after 6 days.The race is self-sufficient therefore I have to carry my belongings including food in my rucksack. Bottled water and a medical check will be provided at each checkpoint every 5-10km.
The temperature during the day might be around 45ºC and at night 15ºC (rain showers to be expected). The terrain is very hilly and often muddy, which can make the climbs and descents quite slippery. I will have to cross swamps, rivers and also run on paths through villages and hamlets in the jungle. I am actually looking forward to the swimming/wading bit to refresh myself!
At night I will be sleeping in my hammock at campsites along the shores of the river.
The local wildlife: jaguars, snakes, scorpions, spiders and ticks.
1. Departs 7am, 16 km, cut-off at 5.30pm
2. Departs 6am, 25 km, cut-off at 5.30pm
3. Departs 6am, 38 km, cut-off at 5.30pm
4. Departs 7.30am, 22 km, cut-off at 5.30pm
(End of 100km race)
5. Departs 5.30am, 89 km with non-stop overnight stage
Dark zone 4pm to 5am at check point 4 cut off at 7pm on
second day of stage
6. Departs 8am, 32 km, cut-off at 5pm
(End of 222km race)
This race is one of the toughest once in the world voted by CNN:http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/escape/worlds-toughest-endurance-challenges-152211
The success throughout the week will depend on managing strength, food and water. High calorie food and snacks are recommended, so I’ve already ordered my lightweight jungle food online to taste before I order more. Soon I’ll be needing to hit the shops and I think shopping for hammocks, compasses and trail running shoes will make quite a difference from the handbags and heels that I’m usually looking for on Regent Street! I’ll let you know more about my shopping escapades later on…
during the day: high protein snacks, power gel and electrolyte
dinner: ultra light and high in calorie, just add hot water
Please find all details about the UVU Jungle Marathon 2012 on the official website http://www.junglemarathon.com