Fancy something completely different, then how about joining us for our next series of epic VULTRA running events that take you around the world VIRTUALLY.

Then look no further than the 'Desert VULTRA' brought to you by Phoenix Running. The Desert VULTRA is a standalone Virtual running event, but also forms part of our next VULTRA Six Series. This is a series of six stages that enable you to travel the globe completing each stage as you go; from City to Death Roads, Jungle to Desert, Desert and even a Volcano Stage. Each VULTRA is just over 100 miles and you have up to 2 months to complete the virtual event.

The Desert VULTRA will start at the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh before you quickly head out into the Moroccan desert following sections of the former caravan route through the Sahara Desert. You'll reach the virtual finish line some 107 miles later at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, a wonderful example of earthen architecture in the Ouarzazate province.

The route is 107 miles and if this were an actual footrace then I'd take a bet it would one of the most desolate but strangely scenic 100+ milers on the planet.

The 'Desert VULTRA' has something for everyone; from seasoned ultra runners to those who are new to running and want to try something awesome. Oh and of course, there will be the epic bling - obviously!

There are six ways we suggest you could go about completing your VULTRA;

  • The Desert Vultra Continuous - all in one go
  • The Desert 48 Hour - 2 days
  • The Desert Week Long - 7 days
  • The Desert Fortnight Long - 14 days
  • The Desert Month Long - 31 days
  • The Desert Two Months Long - 61 days
The event will officially start on Friday 1st April 2022 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 April and May 2022 and entry will remain open right through until late May. You can choose when you actually start (anytime after April 1st) and you ultimately have until May 31st 2022 to complete your virtual 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 your 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 trails. Pretty cool, hey. Once you've submitted enough mileage to get to the finish then you are an official finisher of the Desert VULTRA! Your total miles and total time will be added to the finisher results, you'll show as 'COMPLETE' and you can download your finishers' certificate and we'll automatically 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 Desert VULTRA is also event #5 in the VULTRA-Six Series.

The details ...

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Organiser T&C's

All entries in accordance with Phoenix Running terms & conditions, available in full here.


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  • DV - UK P&P £27.99
  • DV - Europe P&P £34.99
  • DV - Worldwide P&P £40.99