Big Five Marathon

Big Five Marathon

1st of July 2006

This is Albatros Travels latest development in the area of exotic and extreme marathon travels. Big Five Marathon® , which is the first Marathon in the world to be held among the wildlife of the African savannah, brings together long distance runners from all over the world in one of the most spectacular “Big Five” game reserves in Africa. In these magnificent surroundings, one can combine exciting game drives on board custom made Land Cruisers with one of the most challenging marathon routes on the Adventure Marathon® circuit. The route goes right through the habitat of the most famous African game: Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. No fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates the runners from the African wildlife.

The first ever Big Five Marathon® took place on June 28th 2005. It was an immediate and overwhelming success, which led to the decision to include this event as a fixed yearly element on the Adventure Marathon® race calendar.

Adventure Marathon® concept:
Big Five Marathon®, in line with our other marathon events, strictly adheres to the principles of Adventure Marathon®. These principles stipulate that the route should always be more demanding than a traditional marathon and contain elements such as cross country running, trekking and mountain running together with lesser obstacles. This means that although serious obstacles are included on the route, the race should on an overall level still retain its running characteristic.

The following standards have to be met in order to claim Adventure Marathon® status:

1. The run is the classic marathon distance of 42,195 metres.

2. The run shall take place on a varied surface and the route may not have a uniform character. The running surface can be ash felt, stone, grass, sand, dirt, ice, water, steps and the likes.

3. Steep ascents should be present. The minimum requirement is an ascent of 5 to 10% over 5 to 10 kilometres, unless the run is held at high attitude.

4. There should be one or more extreme elements present such as running at high attitude (for example over 2000 metres above sea level), steep extended ascents, sand dunes, cold (frost) or heat (over 30 Celsius)

5. The route shall be 25 to 75% slower than the average marathon. 10% of the runners at the most should complete the course within 3 hours, 15 minutes. The average time should lie over 4 ½ hours.

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