Many years back, before I became a mom, I had my eyes set on these two events. I can proudly say that I am able to cross one out from the list and put a smily face next to it, but the second one remains unattempted. I’ve constantly heard about these “ultras” for the past five to six years and it has all been thanks to my adrenaline junkie mom. Because I am from South America, I would like to share with you two of the ultra-marathons my mother and I consider fun, challenging, and captivating.
El Cruce Columbia
It consists on crossing Los Andes -from Chile to Argentina, or vice versa-, in pairs or individually, in a period of three days and covering over 100km. The route changes every year, allowing the runners to explore the diversity of the area. You’ll stay at different campgrounds and have the opportunity to run across volcanos, mountains, forests, lakes, etc. It is a great event if you are looking for adventure and a chance to share with the diverse running community. The next edition will be held on Dec. 2018.
La Mision Race
If you have been longing to visit Argentina, do so by exploring 110, 160, or 200km of its Patagonia in a period of 80hrs. If you are up to the task, be prepared to endure extreme and changing weather conditions and to carry all of your essentials with you. This is a self-sufficiency race, meaning that you will be responsible for yourself and your basic needs between aid stations. You will only count with one station in both the 110, and 160 distances and two for the 200. If you appreciate solitude, do not mind forests at night, and enjoy being challenged; this is the race for you ! The next edition will be held on San Martin de Los Andes, on Feb. 2018.