Volcano Marathon

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Volcano Marathon Course Profile

The Volcano Marathon will certainly leave you high and dry!

Starting at an altitude of 4475 metres (14,682 ft) and finishing at 3603 metres (11,821 ft), it is certainly amongst the highest marathons in the world.

The marathon also takes place in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, and the temperatures could be 30C+ (circa 90F) at the finish of the race.

An undulating course with high altitude, high temperatures and dry air, thiis event is certainly the challenge you're looking for!

 Course Profile

  • One of the World's Highest Marathons
  • Start: 4,475 metres (14,682 feet)
  • Finish: 3,603 metres (11,821 feet)
  • More than half above 4,000 metres (13,000 feet)
  • 75% dirt roads
  • 30+ Degrees Celsius at finish

 Course Description

The marathon will start at an altitude of 4,475 metres (14,682 feet) near the Tropic of Capricorn beside Lascar Volcano. Lascar is the most active volcano in northern Chile and has a permanent ‘fumarole’ hanging over its summit. The first half of the marathon will be on dirt roads with amazing panoramic views of up to 10 volcanoes. There will be manned and stocked checkpoints at the 10km, 21.1km (half-marathon) and 30km points. On reaching the third checkpoint at 30km, athletes ascend 2km off road. At 35km they encounter rough terrain for 5km alongside a gorge and need to pick their step carefully in this section. The finish line is situated at an altitude of 3,603 metres (11,821 ft).