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UVU Jungle Marathon – 254Km & 127Km
October 8, 2017 - October 14, 2017
UVU Jungle Marathon
Welcome to the 12th edition of Jungle Marathon, an extreme footrace through primary Amazon Jungle in Brazil.
Jungle Marathon, the world’s wildest eco race, gives competitors the opportunity to combine sport and eco tourism and experience this stunning part of the world.
We offer three distances: a marathon; a 4 stage 127km race and a 6 stage 254km race.
The course, which includes swamps, river crossings, steep climbs and descents, village trails and fluvial beaches, combined with humidity and scorching temperatures makes it a daunting and exciting race, but well within the realms of any competitor who has a strong mental mindset.
Yes, physical fitness is a requirement- but if you don’t have strong mental tenacity to combine with it then you will struggle to reach the finish.
If you are ready for one of the most exciting and challenging adventures of your life, sign up today and join us from October 5th-14th 2017 in Amazonia, Brazil at the 12th anniversary of the legendary Jungle Marathon .
About Jungle Marathon
Jungle Marathon, the world’s wildest eco-run, organises a 42km marathon, and a 121km or 254km stage foot- race through primary Brazilian Amazon Rainforest in the glorious Tapajos National Forest.
Since its inception in 2003, Jungle Marathon has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s most daunting adventure runs, combining the thrill of the sport with the backdrop of this fragile eco-system.
Runners encounter natural obstacles along the way and are exposed to the realities of the jungle as they encounter jaguar, wild pigs, snakes and a host of spectacular birds and wildlife.
Water crossings full of piranha and caiman increase the excitement.
The organisers work with a 100% local team, providing employment to the 22 small villages that live in this protected area of jungle, and during the racea team of over 200 people provide the safety required in such a potentially hostile environment.
Terms and Conditions
On registration all competitors agree to abide by the rules and regulations, terms and conditions as set out by Jungle Marathon Ltd. Terms and conditions may be subject to change at short notice.
In any dispute the Race Director’s decision will be final and binding on all parties.
Jungle Marathon Ltd reserves the right to alter or modify any aspect of the Jungle Marathon race itinerary at short notice in response to unforeseen circumstances in order to ensure the safety and security of all participants.
All competitors must be at the age 18 years or over.
Open to men and women, individuals and teams.
All teams must have at least three members.
To qualify for a ranking all team members must complete the race or stage.
Individual team members will also receive individual overall rankings. Team times will be calculated as the average of the combined time of the team’s members.
There will be either one marathon stage of 42km, or 4 stages over 4 days (for +-127 km runners) or 6 stages over 7 days (+-242 km runners) varying in distance from approximately 16 km to 108 km (see Race Stages).
Each stage will have a maximum time for completion.
Any runner failing to arrive within the allocated stage time may be eliminated from the race. This decision is taken by the Race Director and depends on the reasons for not finishing in time, the stage and the physical and psychological condition of the athlete.
These will be located every 5-10 km on regular stages, i.e. on the long stage the checkpoints may be further apart.
Competitors must pass through all the checkpoints on each stage.
At each checkpoint water will be distributed and must be emptied into personal water bottles (or similar).
In no circumstances must any competitor leave the checkpoint with the plastic bottles provided by the race organisers.
Each checkpoint will also provide the opportunity to seek medical assistance if needed.
Runners in the marathon distance are entitled to send a drop bag to the checkpoints with snacks and energy drinks
Failure to pass a checkpoint will result in elimination from the race or a significant time penalties.
It is imperative that all competitors leave the checkpoint with their full water capacity.
Finishing a Stage
At the finish line of each stage water will be available.
After putting up your hammock and settling in you will be given the opportunity to seek medical attention if needed.
E-mails to competitors will be distributed each evening.
On completion of a stage each competitor and team will be timed in and ranked.
Hot water will be available at all campsites for food preparation
Hammocks with mosquito nets and rainfly sheet
Pre-race food from arrival in Brazil
Food supplies to last for 4 or 7 days racing (depending on distance entered). (Please note that competitors entering the marathon, or 127km distance may leave their post race food in a drop bag prior to the race)
2.5 litres of water carrying capacity (bottles or similar)
2 x cyclaume sticks
Compulsory Medical kit including Salt Tablets- (enough for the entire race), please see below for full requirements
Torch and spare batteries
Water Purifying Tablets for at least 10 litres
luggage label with your name clearly marked for your extra baggage you leave with us during the race
lock for your extra baggage
small padlock for your backpack to use in campsites
copy of medical and evacuation insurance
Medical kit: full details of the contents of the medical kit are given with the kit list on registration.
Marathon runners will carry modified compulsory kit during their race.
Each competitor will be issued with a race number and two number plates
It is the competitor’s responsibility to make sure they are clearly displayed at all times during the race.
Due to potential sponsor and media broadcast considerations the Race Director may impose restrictions on sponsor logos.
All competitors are required to bring sufficient food for both before and during the race. Marathon runners and 127 km competitors are required to be self sufficient until the end of the +-255 km race. A drop bag facility is availability for their post race food whilst they race
Local fruits or plants growing in the jungle may not be eaten. The only exception is an emergency, e.g. when an athlete gets lost. However, it is up to the athlete to know what things can and can not be eaten.
Prior to and for the duration of the race, officials will supply and distribute water to each competitor: each morning, at each checkpoints, and at the end of each stage. At each of these points the participants will have to fill up the entire 2.5 litres of water capacity.
It is the individual competitor’s responsibility to manage their water intake and prevent dehydration.
The race organisers will take no responsibility for competitors who consume water not provided by race officials.
The only assistance permitted is via the race officials and medical personnel.
This is a self-sufficient foot race.
No use of any form of transport or outside provisions (food or drinks) is allowed between checkpoints.
Any infringements of this rule will be taken seriously and will result in the disqualification of the competitor or competitors involved.
Voluntary withdrawal from the Race
Competitors wishing to withdraw from the race may do so at any time by approaching and informing a race official of their intention to withdraw.
As soon as is reasonably practical they will be transported to the campsite and options for further participation in the event will be offered. Please note, only accommodation at the campsite will be free of charge. Any accommodation, and also additional expenses such as meals etc. will be the responsibility of the competitor. Transport to Santarem or Alter do Chao is at the runners own expense.
Time penalties if awarded will be added to individual times at the end of each stage and rankings adjusted accordingly.
Appeals against any penalty must be made via the Race Director before the final ranking, i.e. immediately after the arrival at the finish at the latest.
Contravening any of the rules and regulations will result in time penalties. Some specific penalties are:
All missing items from the mandatory gear list will incur a 1 hour penalty per day. Having lost an item on the race course is not a valid excuse.
Receiving an IV drip will incur a 2 hour penalty (per dose).
Any willful attempt to take detours from the course route, (there are no short cuts through this jungle) will be taken very seriously resulting in possible disqualification (not including being genuinely lost)
Disqualification will result in the competitor leaving the race with no ranking. Transportation to the finish line and accommodation will be at the runner’s expense.
Overall and Stage Placing
Competitors will be ranked and times indicated in hours and minutes according to their individual overall and stage performances with additional awards given in the following categories; Individual: Male, Female, Team, Veteran (60+), 127km., marathon winner,
Health & Safety
The safety and health of all competitors, support staff, and volunteers is paramount.
Anyone entering this environment must take precautions against malaria.
Each runner should take every measure possible to protect themselves from dehydration and exhaustion.
A medical team will be on hand at all times to provide minor and emergency medical treatment and support should the need arise.
The course route is well marked out along trails and paths through the jungle.
Should anyone have the misfortune of getting lost a search and rescue team will be ready and equipped to locate and evacuate them.
Boarding the boats. Runners and support staff assemble in the village of Alter do Chao to catch our river-boats to base camp.
There will be jungle marathon staff in the village square from 20.00 hours to assist you and direct you to the boat when it arrives.
The boat will be available for boarding from 21:00 hours.
The boats will depart just before midnight and you are requested to be on the boat by 22.00hrs.
Once you are onboard, hang your hammock and relax for our sail to base camp. You are self-sufficient from the moment you board the boat, so ensure that you have enough food for the pre-race days as well as your race food. There will be bottled water available for drinking on the journey and also hot water for you to prepare your food.
Depending on the boat we charter, there may be soft drinks and snacks available, but please do not plan on this. You can however purchase snacks in Alter do Chao before boarding.
Journey time is 10-12 hours. The boat will stop once day breaks and drop anchor by one of the many stunning fluvial beaches along the Tapajos River. You will have a chance to swim in the crystal clear waters, often accompanied by river dolphins.
Arrival at base camp. Late morning arrival.
Ensure that you take all your luggage off the boat as it will leave as soon as the last person disembarks.
At base camp, hang you hammock and get yourself settled. There will be plenty of drinking water and hot water to prepare your food. The local villagers often sell fresh coconut water, exotic fruit juices and local food if you prefer not to eat rations whilst in base camp. This is likely to be freshly caught fish with rice. Make sure you have local reais with you.
After you have had time to have your lunch we will start the kit checks.
Rather than dismantle your hammocks, the support team will come to you so please spread your compulsory kit on the ground below your hammock so they can check it easily.
Once your kit has been checked, take your medical paperwork to the medical team and then go and collect your race number and road book.
Our IT team will open for emails this afternoon, so if any of your supporters or family have emailed you these will be printed out and distributed. You will also have the opportunity to send emails.
7th October– Base camp day
Today will be filled with briefings.
Jungle safety briefing:
The bombeiros (military firemen) will talk to you about jungle safety. You will learn what plants to avoid, what creatures you may encounter, what to do if you get lost and you may have the opportunity to handle a snake.
Our medical director will brief you on the medical aspects of the race and how to avoid our two main issues, dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Our foot expert will give you a briefing about foot care, and how to minimize problems.
Final kit preparation
The afternoon will give you time to re-pack you kit and decide what stays behind. You will take your excess luggage to one of our support boats where it with be kept safely for the duration of the race. Make sure all luggage is locked and labeled.
Stage One Briefing
In the early evening the race director will give you a full briefing for stage one and the start time. Get a good night’s sleep.
Marathon runners will have a separate briefing after the stage 1 briefing. The marathon programme will include accompanied hikes, acclimatisation and some eco tourism before the marathon stage.
8th October- Stage 1
9th October stage 2
10th October stage 3
11th October stage 4 : marathon stage and end of 4 stage race
12th and 13th October: long stage
14th October : final stage
Lunch at the finish line.
Transport to the hotel.
Transport to our party in the evening (depart hotel at 5pm)
Night in hotel. You are free to depart Santarem from early on October 15th.