Fancy something completely different, then how about running across the plains of Greece and through the very heart of Greek mythology from the Acropolis to Sparta - VIRTUALLY.
Then look no further than the 'Sparta VULTRA' brought to you by Phoenix Running.
The Sparta VULTRA will start at the Acropolis in Athens and then we'll head west, hugging the coastline towards Corinth before heading down to Sparta where our virtual finish line will be at the statue of Leonidas himself the leader of the 300 Spartans!
The route is 134.3 miles and if this were an actual footrace then I'd take a bet it would one of the most amazing 100+ milers on the planet.
The 'Sparta 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 6 entry options;
- The Sparta Vultra Continuous - all in one go
- The Sparta 48 Hour - 2 days
- The Sparta Week Long - 7 days
- The Sparta Fortnight Long - 14 days
- The Sparta Month Long - 30 days
- The Sparta Two Months Long - 61 days
The event will officially start on Tuesday 1st June 2021 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 June 2021 and July 2021 and entry will remain open right through until late July. You can choose when you actually start (anytime after June 1st) and you ultimately have until July 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 Greek trails and have 114.3 miles left to cover. The route is 134.3 miles from the Acropolis in Athens across the Greek plains to Sparta. Pretty cool, hey. Once you've submitted enough mileage to get to the finish then you are an official finisher of the Sparta 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 Sparta VULTRA is also event #6 in the VULTRA-Six Series for the grand finish line at the statue of Leonidas.