A run with a sea view

Last updated: 16-Nov-16

By Elsa Trujillo

Who doesn’t love a room with a sea view? Certainly no ultra marathon would be categorised as a holiday but nothing beats doing the thing you love the most with the added bonus of a fantastic view.

How about the smell of the sea and the sound of the seagulls – or howling wind and roaring waves all around you?

Does the smell of brine make you run better or faster? Here’s the RunUltra selection of the best ultras along a coastline in each region.

Sea view ultra races in Europe

South

The Madeira Island Ultra Trail in Portugal, the Amalfi Positano Ultratrail and the Sciacchetrail in Italy, and the 100 Miles of Istria in Croatia.

Here’s what some of our members have said about these races:

Madeira Island Ultra Trail: Never had an event which was so hard, so great, so perfect like the MIUT115 Tomwingo

Amalfi Positano Ultratrail: Awesome trail, I did the 50km and will be back to do it again next year! Shani

North

The Gower Ultra 50 and the Vale Coastal Ultra in Wales, the Ultra Norway Race and the Tromso Skyrace in Norway, and the St Oswald’s Ultra and The Oner in England.

Here’s what some of our members have said about these races:

The Oner: The Brutal team put on an amazingly well organised event Johnregler

Vale Coastal Ultra: Well organised with enthusiastic marshals who even arranged for the rain to stop and the sun to come out just as the gun went off Rookcie

Sea view ultra races in South Africa

The Wildcoast Wildrun Race and Journey, the Otter African Trail Run and the Ultra Trail Cape Town.

Here’s what some of our members have said about these races:

Otter African Trail Run: Brilliantly organised and a pleasure to participate in Mikestopforth

Wildcoast Wildrun Journey: The event comprises some of the most spectacular trail running available to anyone, and is well organised Dschulze

Wildcoast Wildrun Race: the added benefit of an unmarked course allows you to really enjoy the beauty of this coastline. Though not technical, it definitely has its challenges Martin.stewart

Sea view ultra races in Costa Rica

The Coastal Challenge and La Transtica.

Here’s what some of our members have said about these races:

The Coastal Challenge: The mixture of ‘Expedition’ and ‘Adventure’ course is great Jacktavernor

Sea view ultra races in the rest of the world

The Hillary in New Zealand, the JCU Ultra Marathon in Australia and the Xtreme Dodo Trail in Mauritius.

When was the last time you ran by the sea? Was it an ultra event?

If you’ve run one of these events or any other on the RunUltra calendar leave a review by clicking on the links and share your experience and passion for running with others.

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Global - Virtual

Elevation

A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for

For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for

Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.