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 continent by continent.

Then look no further than the 'Purple Dragon Key VULTRA' brought to you by Phoenix Running. The Purple Dragon Key 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 'unusual' stage as you go; all over the globe. Each VULTRA is just over 100 miles and you have up to 2 months to complete each virtual event. Complete all six and you'll earn the five Dragon keys and then the epic Dragon Gate medal

The Purple Dragon Key VULTRA will start in Madang on the very remote north eastern coastline of Papua New Guinea, where we'll run north, soon joining up with the coastline and following the North Coast Highway all the way to the finish line at the Anua Negu Lodge.

The route is 114 miles and if this were an actual footrace then I'd take a bet it would one of the most remote and hard to get to 100+ milers on the planet.

The 'Purple Dragon Key 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 Purple Dragon Key Vultra Continuous - all in one go
  • The Purple Dragon Key 48 Hour - 2 days
  • The Purple Dragon Key Week Long - 7 days
  • The Purple Dragon Key Fortnight Long - 14 days
  • The Purple Dragon Key Month Long - 30 days
  • The Purple Dragon Key Two Months Long - 61 days

The event will officially start on Thursday 1st February 2024 from 12.00am (UK time) � there will be a Facebook race brief in the chat groups at 8.45am for a more civilised suggested start time of 09.00am (UK time). The event will then run through Feb 2024 and March 2024 and entry will remain open right through until late March 2024. You can choose when you actually start (anytime after Feb 1st) and you ultimately have until March 31st 2024 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. Once you've submitted enough mileage to get to the finish then you are an official finisher of the Purple Dragon Key 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 Purple Dragon Key VULTRA is also event #4 in our latest VULTRA-Six Series

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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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  • Virtual - UK P&P £28.99
  • Virtual - Europe P&P £35.99
  • Virtual - Worldwide P&P £41.99