Fancy something completely different, then how about running through one of the coldest most desolate places on earth - the frozen Yukon - VIRTUALLY.
Then look no further than the 'Arctic Ice VULTRA brought to you by Phoenix Running.
The Arctic Ice VULTRA will start at 'Stewart Crossing' just to the south of the Stewart River in the Yukon and after a short virtual jaunt north we'll swing left along the Klondike Highway for the long, cold, desolate slog all the way to Dawson City, where the finish line will be at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall, some 111 frozen miles later. Be careful your trainers don't 'virtually' freeze to the highway as this is one of the most desolate road runs you're ever likely to find (virtually). In fact, it's so deserted that we've added our very own Phoenix Check Points to keep you going all the way to Gold Bottom where we'll pick up the Klondike River and head into Dawson City and Diamond Tooth Gerties for one heck of a finisher's party!
Phoenix Virtual Checkpoints will be;
- Phoenix Klondike Highway CP1 - 20 miles
- Phoenix Barrow Pond CP2 - 42 miles
- Phoenix Gravel Lake CP3 - 54 miles
- Phoenix Yukon CP4 - 75 Miles
- Phoenix Klondike River CP5 - 95 miles
The route is 111 miles.
The 'Arctic Ice VULTRA' has something for everyone; from seasoned ultra runners to those who are new to running and want to try something awesome and cold. Oh and of course there will be the epic bling - obviously!
There are 6 entry options;
- The Arctic Ice Vultra Continuous - all in one go
- The Arctic Ice 48 Hour - 2 days
- The Arctic Ice Week Long - 7 days
- The Arctic Ice Fortnight Long - 14 days
- The Arctic Ice Month Long - 30 days
- The Arctic Ice Two Months Long - 61 days
The event will officially start on Tuesday 1st December 2020 from 12.00am (UK time) – there will be a Facebook race brief in the chat groups at 08.45am for a more civilised suggested start time of 09.00am (UK time) . The event will then run through December 2020 and January 2021 and entry will remain open right through until late January 2021. You can choose when you actually start and you ultimately have until January 31st 2021 to complete your run, but make sure you leave enough time to finish, depending on your entry type.
The exciting bit :
You'll get a bespoke, sequential BIB when you sign up. There will be a route map and central results and progress landing page on the 'VULTRA' Phoenix Running website, and each competitor will have their own virtual location pin (complete with their name and BIB number for tracking your virtual progress) and you can even have your profile picture appear. Once you start your virtual run you'll submit your mileage as you go which, once approved, will automatically move you along the map. So, if you're doing the 'Week Long' option and go out and run 20 miles on day one, then you'll move 20 miles along our Arctic Ice Highway and have 91 miles left to cover. The route is 111 miles through the very heart of the frozen Yukon. Pretty cool, hey. Once you've submitted enough mileage to get to the finish at Dawson City, then you are an official finisher of the Arctic Ice VULTRA! Your total miles and total time will be added to the finisher results, you'll show as 'COMPLETE' and we'll send you your epic bling!
This is a challenge for literally anyone of any running ability. If you're new to running, fancy something a bit different, or fancy your first foray into multi-day endurance challenges, want to practice running consistent distances over consecutive days, or just want to see how many miles you can run in a week, then this is for you. And, if you're a seasoned ultra runner, then we'd love to have you aboard to see if you can cover the distance all in one go.
The Arctic Ice VULTRA is also event #3 in the VULTRA-Six Series.