Who is organizing the Volcano Marathon?

The Volcano Marathon is organized by Runbuk, Inc., that also organizes extreme events such as the North Pole Marathon®, the World Marathon Challenge®, and the Antarctic Ice Marathon®. See the "About us" section for more information.

How many Volcano Marathon races have occurred?

There have been nine Volcano Marathons. There will be two races of the Volcano Marathon in 2024: The Easter Island Edition will be the 10th event, and the Pucon Edition will be the 11th edition of the Volcano Marathon.

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.

I have no prior altitude experience. Is it ok for me to run the marathon?

Yes. The highest elevation of the Volcano Marathon Easter island Edition is about 1037ft (300 meters), so there should be no altitude-related issues. It's worth noting that the first 8 editions of the Volcano Marathon took place in Atacama desert at a high altitude of 14,000 ft above sea level.

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 Easter Island Edition?

You will arrange round trip flights from your homeland to Santiago (Chile) and then onward to Mataveri airport (airport code IPC). There are daily flights from Santiago to Easter Island. From there, you travel by shuttle bus to the race hotel . Please see the Race Travel section for details.

Do I need a visa for Chile?

Visitors from about 100 countries can visit Chile without a visa for up to 90 days; passport holders from other countries must obtain a visa. Please verify the visa requirement for entering Chile with the Department of Foreign Affaires of your own country.

What date will the Volcano Marathon Easter Island Edition take place?

It is scheduled to take place on June 28th, 2024. Competitors should arrive at Easter Island on June 26th, and schedule their return departure from Easter Island for June 30th. 4-nights Accommodation and various activities are provided in the intervening period. Please see the Itinerary section for details.

Where exactly will the race take place?

The race will take place on Easter Island starting at Anakena beach and finishing near the Hotel.

Do I need a GPS to follow the route?

The course is well-marked and easy to follow throughout the entire journey. Additionally, we offer various map formats readily downloadable to your GPS watch.

Will the course be out-and-back or point-to-point?

The course follows a point to point route, The Start is at Anakena Beach you will run along the sea and climb Rano Raraku volcano near the end and finish close to the hotel. Detailed information about the course and instructions will be provided during the mandatory marathon briefing. It is essential for all participants to attend the briefing to be well-informed.

What will the weather be like?

The average temperature in June typically ranges from around 17 to 22 degrees Celsius (63 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit). It's advisable to bring layers, as temperatures can vary, and it's a good idea to be prepared for occasional rain.

What is the running surface like?

For the marathon course, the terrain is predominantly natural and unpaved. Expect to encounter dirt trails with varying textures, including grassy patches and areas with volcanic rock, especially near the Rano Kau crater. This diverse terrain demands running shoes that can handle uneven ground and provide good traction. While the natural paths offer a more authentic and enriching running experience, they also require vigilance to navigate safely. Be prepared for a beautiful yet demanding run that will take you through some of the island's most scenic landscapes. Stay hydrated, run with care, and soak in the unparalleled beauty of Rapa Nui.

What shoes should I wear when running?

A pair of trail-running shoes will be the best choice for this course.

What clothes should I wear when running?

Please see the Running Gear section for specific details.

Volcano Marathon

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