How many Volcano Marathon races have occurred?
The 2017 Volcano Marathon will be the fifth edition of the event.
I have no prior altitude experience. Is it ok for me to run the Volcano Marathon?
It should be ok. is impossible to predict how any individual will react to altitude, but competitors will assemble for 3 days in San Pedro de Atacama to acclimatise before the race.
With little or no marathon experience, should I be able to finish the Volcano Marathon?
Yes. If you train properly and can run or walk a distance of 26.2 miles comfortably, then you should be able to complete the Volcano Marathon successfully. One of the priorities of the organiser is to have everybody finish the race and there is no cut-off time of major significance.
Can I raise money for charity?
Yes. It is a great idea to use your participation to raise funds for a charity or cause that you feel passionate about.
Is it ok to have a sponsor?
Yes. You can wear sponsor logos on your headgear, shorts and top as long as it does not cover your race number (the official race number is placed on the front of your torso).
How will I get to the Volcano Marathon?
You will arrange round trip flights from your homeland to Santiago (Chile) and then onward to a town called Calama (airport code = CJC). There are numerous daily flights from Santiago to Calama. From there, you travel by shuttle bus to the race hotel at San Pedro de Atacama. Please see the Race Travel section for details.
Do I need a visa for Chile?
Some countries may require a visa to visit Chile. You should check with your consular office / embassy.
What date will the Volcano Marathon race take place?
The 2017 race will take place on 16th November 2017. Competitors should arrive at Calama, Chile on three days before race date and schedule their return departure from Calama for two days after race day. Accommodation and various excursions are provided in the intervening period. Please see the Race Info section for details.
Where exactly will the race take place?
The race will take place near the Tropic of Capricorn adjacent to Lascar Volcano in Northern Chile. Lascar is approximately 100km (62 miles) from San Pedro de Atacama.
Do I need a GPS to follow the route?
No. The course is easy to follow / marked the entire way.
Will the course be a point-to-point route?
Yes. The course will start near Lascar Volcano and finish 7km from the small village of Talabre.
At what altitude does the race occur?
The marathon will start at an altitude of 4,475 metres (14,682 feet). The finish line is situated at an altitude of 3,603 metres (11,821 feet).
What will the weather be like?
The temperatures at the early morning start could be as low as 5C. However, the temperature could be +25C or higher at the finish. It may also be windy in some places.
What is the running surface like?
The course is comprised mostly of dirt roads although there will be uneven / loose rock surface for about 5km. It can also become sandy is some places.
What shoes should I wear when running?
A pair of trail running shoes will be best.
What clothes should I wear when running?
Please see the Race Gear section for specific details.
Will there be media coverage of the race?
Yes. there will be substantial media interest. Al Jazeera English filmed the 2013 event as part of a major documentary called 'Why We Run'. News footage has been broadcast by major international networks for each of the first three editions of the race.