Marathon and ultramarathon set for Chile’s Torres del Paine

In what promises to be one of the world’s most picturesque marathons, competitors are preparing for the ultimate challenge this September in Chilean Patagonia.

Immersed in one of the most sublime natural environments in the world, marathon runners will gather this September in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine as part of the Patagonia International Marathon.

Deep in Chilean Patagonia, the course will scoop below the rearing Torres del Paine, curve around the Los Cuernos peaks, and dart through canyons, silent forests, and beside glaciers during one of the most beautiful marathons in the world.

Now in its second season, this year’s marathon will feature something for every kind of runner including 10 kilometer, 21 kilometer, and 42 kilometer jaunts. As a new addition to the 2013 event, an Ultramarathon category clocking in at a whopping 63 kilometer will challenge even the bravest out there.

Running for a cause

Part of what runners contribute to the race will be reinvested into the superb natural surroundings by way of the Reforestamos Patagonia, a campaign seeking to reforest the area with one million native trees. The Patagonian International Marathon will gift one tree to the cause for each marathon runner.As an additional push towards sustainability, this year the marathon will not provide cups at the starting or finishing line, nor at aid stations along the way. Each runner must provide their own hydration system that may be a bottle or bladder system.

The event is organized by Nómadas International Group (NIGSA), an environmentally conscious outdoors company with deep roots in southern Patagonia. The Patagonia Expedition Race also run by NIGSA dates back to 2004, and is tagged boldly as ‘The Last Wild Race’. This one-of-a-kind marathon spans hundreds of uncharted kilometers in Patagonia and teams of competitors must brave trekking, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and backcountry navigation stages.

The Patagonia International Marathon will be held on September 28th 2013. If you register before June 30, slots in the marathon cost US$190 ($65,000 CLP). Registering between June 1 and August 28 costs US$220 (CLP 75,000). Visit the Patagonia International Marathon website for more information or to register.