Do you like to run? Do you have an unshakeable sense of adventure? Can you survive the inherent dangers of the Amazon on your own?
Personally you couldn’t pay me to do this race but if this is something that appeals to you, then you’ll love the annual Jungle Marathon Brazil!
Widely regarded as the “world’s toughest endurance race” and the “world’s wildest eco race,” you will experience swamps, rivers, steep hills, trails, beaches and more. Plus, 99% humidity, scorching heat, mosquitoes and more .
Three races are offered: marathon, 4-stage 127km race and a 6-stage 254km race. You will be running with your backpack thru dense Amazonian Jungle and camping on your own in the pitch blackness at night, hopefully in a hammock very high up in the trees.
The race takes place inside the 1.4-million acre Tapajos National Forest portion of the Amazon. The race starts in Alterdo Chao village and ends at base camp at Santarem.
Started in 2003 by marathon director Shirley “Jungle Shirley” Thompson, the race has grown quite popular over the years. Despite the statement “Every year 2-3 runners encounter a jaguar.”
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest rainforest with over 16,000 species of animals. Thus, you will also have a high probability of encountering at least one or two of the following: caiman crocodiles, snakes, spiders, pirhana, 30ft long anaconda, stingrays, bullet ants, poison dart frogs, pit vipers, harpy eagles and 12-inch long giant centipedes, among a host of other things.
Think you got what it takes?
What: 12th annual Jungle Marathon Brazil!
When: Thursday, October 5th-Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Where: Amazon Rainforest, Tapajos National Forest, Santarem, Brazil
Cost: $3,400 per person
Age: 18 and up
Contact: USA participants contact Shirley@junglemarathon.com
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