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Ultra Blue Island by Azores Trail Run

5 (1 Review)
Horta, Portugal
02-03 May, 2025 (Fri - Sat)

Trail running

11 km, 25 km, 42.195 km, 65 km, 118 km

Price from
33 USD
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About the event

Experience the thrill and beauty of the Ultra Blue Island® race in Faial, Azores, Portugal. This trail running event will lead you through the island's volcanic craters and historic passages, where stories of ancient whalers come to life. Take in breathtaking views of the North Atlantic Ocean, lush forests, and colorful architecture as you challenge yourself on the race path. With multiple race options to choose from, including the Whalers’ Great Route, Blue Island Trail, and Marathon Faial Coast to Coast, there is something for every level of runner. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of the Ultra Blue Island® adventure!

Races offered by this event

You have 48 weeks to prepare

Whalers Great Route Ultra-Trail®

02 May, 2025 (Fri) - 22:00
Trail running
118 km
4600 m of elevation gain
Solo
On site
Trail
Hilly
Beach
Beginner friendly
Rural
Downhill
Family friendly
Forest
Gravel
Historical
Island
Mountain range
Mud
Nature
Night
Ocean view
Park
Residential
Scenic
Single track
Sunset
Tunnel
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vineyards
Valley
Wine
Fun

Ultra Blue Island (UBI 65 Km)

03 May, 2025 (Sat) - 05:30
Trail running
65 km
2500 m of elevation gain
Solo
On site
Trail
Hilly
Beach
Beginner friendly
Rural
Downhill
Family friendly
Forest
Gravel
Historical
Island
Mountain range
Mud
Nature
Night
Ocean view
Park
Residential
Scenic
Single track
Sunset
Tunnel
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vineyards
Valley
Wine
Fun

Marathon Faial Coast to Coast

03 May, 2025 (Sat) - 08:30
Trail running
42.195 km
1700 m of elevation gain
Solo
On site
Trail
Hilly
Beach
Beginner friendly
Rural
Downhill
Family friendly
Forest
Gravel
Historical
Island
Mountain range
Mud
Nature
Night
Ocean view
Park
Residential
Scenic
Single track
Sunset
Tunnel
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vineyards
Valley
Wine
Fun

Trail Ten Volcanoes (TTV 25 Km)

03 May, 2025 (Sat) - 11:00
Trail running
25 km
Solo
On site
Trail
Hilly

Family Race (MR 11 Km)

03 May, 2025 (Sat) - 15:00
Trail running
11 km
Solo
On site
Trail
Hilly
Beach
Beginner friendly
Rural
Downhill
Family friendly
Forest
Gravel
Historical
Island
Mountain range
Mud
Nature
Night
Ocean view
Park
Residential
Scenic
Single track
Sunset
Tunnel
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vineyards
Valley
Wine
Fun

Course details

Course highlights

The Ultra Blue Island® race course takes you on a journey through the diverse and dynamic landscapes of Faial Island. The course is designed to showcase the best of the island's natural beauty, from volcanic craters and historical paths to lush forests and majestic ocean views. Every section of the race offers unique challenges and visual rewards, making it an unforgettable experience for every participant. Here are some highlights of the course: - Caldeira do Faial: This massive volcanic crater is one of the most iconic features of the race. Running along its rim provides a unique perspective of the island's volcanic origins. - Capelinhos Volcano: This area features the most recent volcanic eruption (1957-58) and offers a stark and moon-like landscape, providing an almost surreal running experience. - Coastal Views: The course offers expansive views of the North Atlantic Ocean, and the contrast of the deep blue sea against the lush green landscapes of the island is a constant reminder of the unique location of the race. - Ancient Whalers' Paths: These paths offer a glimpse into the island's past whaling activities. - Forest Trails: The route winds through dense, verdant forests, providing shade and a change in scenery. - Volcanic Terrain: Sections of the course run over rough volcanic terrain, testing runners' agility and endurance. - Grasslands and Fields: The course also takes runners through open grasslands and cultivated fields, showcasing the island's agricultural side and providing a different running surface. - Coast-to-Coast Experience: For some race distances, participants experience the thrill of running from one coast of the island to the other, encompassing various landscapes. - Capelo and Varadouro: These areas are known for their natural beauty. Capelo offers views of lush vegetation, and Varadouro showcases the striking contrast of black volcanic rocks against the ocean. The race ends at Capelinhos Volcano, an iconic and dramatic site known for its lunar-like landscape and historical significance due to the 1957-58 eruption. This finish line offers a spectacular and unforgettable conclusion to the race, symbolizing the strength and resilience required to complete such a challenging course. In conclusion, the Ultra Blue Island® race is not just a test of physical endurance but a journey through the rich natural and cultural tapestry of Faial Island. The distinctive finish line at Capelinhos Volcano leaves a lasting impression, embodying the spirit of adventure and exploration that defines the race.

Start address

Horta, Portugal

Finish address

Horta, Portugal

What’s included in entry

These are included in your entry
Finisher medal
Event T-shirts
Toilets
Goodie bag
Shuttle to Start Line
E-certificate/e-diploma
Nutrition Stations
Video Service
Parking
Medal engraving
Drink Stations
Bag drop
Timing chip (single use)
Photo Service
Post-race meal
Accident insurance
Pacers
Medical Assistance

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Sharon Dee Goodrich
May 2022
25 km

Our first time participating in a trail run as we are 'asphalt kickers' and had the best time! Of course the Azores are beautiful as are the people in culture and kindness. We did the 25K and I was stressed as I usually run a 10:15 or so and was hoping to finish in 4 hours, BUT, I was not fully prepared for the technical aspect of the trail (stairs, steps, mud) so completed in 5.5 hrs with a available time of 7 hours. Not bad for my first trail run. Would i do it again? Hell Yeah! The sights are astounding; the aid stations (fried chicken, hard boiled eggs, Coke, cake, chips) kept me well fueled, the other runners with their politeness of passing/allowing them to pass on single track and helpful gestures by other runners was just remarkable. Azores are beautiful and much to do on the island of Faial. See you in 2023!

It was grueling as my first trail run.

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