On October 8th this year, an international field of competitors will once again begin their journey at the picturesque resort of Alter-do-Chão, and sail up the Tapajos River, The most beautiful Amazon River’s tributary, to the tiny Hamlet of Itapuama. Here they Will spend two days at Jungle Marathon base camp, aclimatising and learning how to handle many of the obstacles they may encounter in the Amazon Jungle, in preparation for the start of the 2009 edition of Jungle Marathon.
Jungle Marathon is a 200 Km footrace, run in stages. The race is self-sufficient meaning that competitors carry all their own food and equipment for the week and an efficient local and international team provide comprehensive logistic support.
Runners pass by check points every 5Km- 7Km where they are resupplied with bottled water and they can be monitored by the medical team. Nights are spent sleeping in hammocks in pre-determined campsites, generally on the crystalline-sand beaches along the Tapajos River with the backdrop of the deep jungle behind them.
The stages vary in length from 16Km to 85Km. The longest of the stages takes competitors two days to complete so they continue running through the night.
The race itself is held in the spectacular Tapajos National Forest, a 600 thousand protected area in the Amazon Rainforest, which lies in the Brazilian state of Pará, in North West Brazil.
Here the competitors will interact with the people hospitality and outstanding rainforest biodiversity.
This year up to 130 runners Will take part in the race, coming from various parts of Brazil and from countries as far reaching as Australia, South Africa, USA, Germany, Austria, France, England, Scotland, Canada, China and Denmark. Several are runners who failed to make to the finish on the previous year, but for many, it is the beginning of an incredible experience, combining the challenge of sport with the thrill of an eco-adventure.
Jungle Marathon 2009 takes place from October 7th-18th. For further information please contact our media Co-ordinator Gil Serique on: