Official 26.2mi Inca Trail Marathon and 18 mi Incathon

Machu Picchu, Peru
14 Apr, 2023 (Fri)
Event size: 0 - 99 participants

Trail running

16 mi, 42.195 km

About the event

This running adventure, designed for racers and spectators, is an action packed marathon running tour. It offers a wide range of different outdoor activities, cultural programs, and unique adventures. The highlight of the trip is one of the world's hardest marathons as well as one the most scenic South American marathons with the finish line at Machu Picchu, Peru.

The Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon Course and 18 mile Incathon Races:
-provide all runners the opportunity to finish at Machu Picchu
-are well marked and supported with professional staff to ensure runner safety
-provide at least 4 full service aid stations, access to drop bags, and first-aid
-are professionally and accurately measured

Marathon Tour Opportunities:
-run in Peru with like minded athletes and new friends
-sample Peruvian cuisine
-explore ancient ruins
-pursue exciting outdoor activities
-enjoy the fun nightlife and visit local markets
-interact with local culture
-complete the Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon or Incathon

We thought why hike the Inca Trail when you can run it!
This bucket list marathon is designed by experienced racers Erik and Myra Rasmussen. Erik's Adventures was the first to host an official, accurate, and fully supported 26.2 mile marathon race on The Inca Trail. Our 2012 inaugural event featured 41 runners. In 2013, we had runners doing both the full course and our 18 mile Incathon race. 2014 and 2015 were sold out and new Inca Trail Marathon records were set. Join us in July 2017 and race this incredible destination marathon on the Inca Trail and you will have your once in a lifetime photo finish at Machu Picchu!

Recent Accolades:
1. The Erik's Adventures Official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon was featured in the July, 2015 Runners World UK Magazine- Best Destination Races article
2. The Official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon Race was highlighted in the August, 2014 Runners World UK Edition Magazine- 50 of the Worlds Best Races feature
3. Women's Running Magazine May 2013- The Erik's Adventures Official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon- was rated #1 in their Amazing Races article
4. in a featured 2012 article by one of our celebrity 2012 participants, professional running coach Jenny Hadfield
5. Washington Times March 2013 in an article by journalist and runner Karla Bruning

You must sign up early! Important information about limited Inca Trail availability:
Sign up early to reserve a spot in the race! Don't be left out! We expect the 2017 Inca Trail races to sell out at least 6 months or more in advance

Our philosophy for group travel is to maintain a balance of structure and flexibility:
Our custom itinerary is specially designed to do so. During this marathon tour, our experienced guides take you to the famous sites of Peru as well as to lesser known destinations, educating you on the many aspects of Peruvian culture. You also have plenty of flexibility to do some exploring on your own. This allows for an individual experience within a group travel setting.

Races offered by this event

16mi Incathon

14 Apr, 2023 (Fri) - 05:00
Trail running
16 mi
13800 ft Elevation gain
On site
Mountain range

Official 26.2mi Inca Trail Marathon

14 Apr, 2023 (Fri) - 05:00
Trail running
42.195 km
Race size: 0 - 99 participants
On site
Mountain range

Official 26.2mi Inca Trail Marathon and 18 mi Incathon

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Running in the path of the Inca

16 Jun, 2011 (Thu)

§staticmap(9464,3,450,250)Hello, on July 5th 2012, you’ll be organizing the Inca Trail 26.2mi Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located? It is located in the mountains along the Classic Inca trail. This starts in the Sacred Valley of the Incas near Cusco and finishes at the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru. How old is the race and why was it created in the first place? First year is 2012. To be able to experience the beauty of the Inca trail and the wonder of Machu Picchu in a race environment is something I have always wanted to experience and offer my clients. To run and actually race to a place as special as Machu Picchu is something any trail runner and racer would see as a " special reward". Credit : Inca Trail 26.2mi MarathonWhat kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it? It is all trail, mix of dirt and paved stone sections that are actually originally laid by the Inca people over 600 years ago. Very remote. Tough. The route crosses 2 high mountain passes (one at 13,800 feet). Gorgeous- It passes through many different ecological zones including high andean grasslands, cloud forest, and high mountain rain forest. How many runners do you expect on Thursday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract? We are looking for about 200 runners, we plan on a mix of experienced trail runners and some more competitive types (possibly some celebrity ultra runners) and also some who are looking to complete the course on a more recreational type pace for the experience of doing the entire Inca trail in one day instead of the 3 1/2 it normally takes. Credit : Inca Trail 26.2mi MarathonDo you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances? Due to the lack of access points along the trail, and its remote location, this is the only distance offered. At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect? This is the driest time of year, only 2 days of rain during the month of July, temperatures will fluctuate with elevation between roughly 40 and 75 degrees F. Have you planned festivities around the marathon? Yes, we have a celebration dinner with awards that evening after the race with spectators and runners. The best day is a guided tour of Machu Picchu the day after the race, and the entire tour to Peru that the marathon is a part of is geared towards the athletes and spectators having a memorable and meaningful experience in Peru beyond the race. Credit : Inca Trail 26.2mi MarathonThe race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Cusco before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing? Cusco is great- Lots of great restaurants and fun nightlife options. We will be visiting some of these during the tour and there is ample free time in the package where racers can explore the city on their own as well. In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Inca Trail 26.2mi Marathon? Run the Inca Trail Marathon, Explore the highlights of Peru – It’s More than a Race! Interview with Erik Rasmussen, owner of Erik’s Adventures. Eric always considered himself an active and adventurous person with a love for travel, endurance sports, and outdoors. In 2005, he decided to share his adventures with others and started Erik’s Adventures. Since then, he’s been making his passion for travel and sports his business by taking many different groups to some of his favorite places in search of adventure.
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