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We are thrilled to announce that elite athletes from all over the world will gather to run at The Runfire Cappadocia, the premier trail running event that promises a breathtaking experience for runners and spectators alike. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, and we cannot wait to share the excitement with you.
Why The Runfire Cappadocia is the Ultimate Trail Running Destination
The Runfire Cappadocia is a must-visit destination for trail runners who are looking for an extraordinary adventure. This unique event is held in the stunning Cappadocia region, famous for its natural beauty and otherworldly landscapes. The route of the race takes runners through ancient cities, vineyards, valleys, and stunning rock formations, providing a truly unforgettable experience.
With its stunning scenery and challenging terrain, The Runfire Cappadocia has quickly become one of the most popular trail running events in the world. Every year, elite athletes from all over the globe flock to the region to participate in the race and enjoy the unique hospitality and culture of Cappadocia.
What to Expect at The Runfire Cappadocia
The Runfire Cappadocia is a four-day event that offers something for everyone. The race itself is divided into three categories: the 119 km Ultra-Trail, the 63 km Medium-Trail, and the 30 km Short-Trail. The trails are challenging and technical, with steep ascents and descents, and runners must navigate varied terrain, including rocky paths, narrow ridges, and forest trails.
Apart from the race itself, participants can expect to enjoy a range of exciting activities during their stay in Cappadocia. The region is famous for its hot air balloon rides, and participants can take advantage of this unique experience to take in the stunning scenery from above. They can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goreme National Park and explore the ancient cave dwellings and underground cities that the region is famous for.
The Culture and Hospitality of Cappadocia
The hospitality and culture of Cappadocia are second to none, and runners can expect to be treated to an unforgettable experience during their stay in the region. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and participants can expect to be greeted with open arms and treated like family. The region’s cuisine is also a highlight, with a range of delicious traditional dishes made from fresh, local ingredients.
The Runfire Cappadocia is a truly unique event that offers trail runners an unforgettable experience. With its stunning scenery, challenging terrain, and rich culture and hospitality, this event is a must-visit for anyone who loves trail running. We cannot wait to see elite athletes from all over the world come together to take part in this extraordinary event and to share in the magic of Cappadocia.
The Runfire Cappadocia Ultra Marathon will test the limits of the elite athletes under conditions of extraordinary landscapes, from mountains, beaches and river valleys, to underground cities and tunnels.
It is taking place in Cappadocia, Turkey from July 20 to 27.
The Runfire Cappadocia starts in Uçhisar and runs through the Valley of the Pigeons, passing Damsa Dam, Yüksek Kilise (Analipsis Monastery), Güzelyurt, Ihlara Valley, Mt. Hasan and the Salt Lake before crossing through Çavuşin and the Ürgüp and Göreme valleys and ending back in Uçhisar.
Runfire Cappadocia will be run on a surprise six-stage course exceeding 124 miles and encompassing climbs up to 5,577 feet, salt lake flats, valleys, spectacular rock formations and UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as the underground cities and tunnels that have made Cappadocia famous around the world as a tourism destination.
For families and friends of the competitors as well as running enthusiasts interested in watching this premier event, Cappadocia’s hotels, restaurants and unique attractions and activities provide additional reasons for planning a trip to Turkey. Top attractions include hot air ballooning over an astonishing fairyland of rock formations, cave churches and galleries, historic underground cities built for thousands of residents and world-class wineries.
Beginning and ending in Uchisar, competitors will be given the exact route at the start of the race and are limited to basic supplies in a backpack, including food. Organizers provide water and tenting areas for overnights. Professional medical teams are available 24/7.
In addition to the Runfire Ultra-Marathon, the event features four-day corporate races, with teams of four running 6-9 miles a day and opportunities for individuals to test themselves in four- and six-day races.