Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Ultra Paine. Here you may find answers to most of your questions. Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the ITRA (International Trail Running Association), trail running is defined as running through a natural environment (mountains, deserts, forests, plains, etc.) with a minimum amount of paved or asphalted roads, which must not exceed 20% of the total course. The type of terrain may vary (dirt path, forest footpaths, trails, etc.), and the route must be properly marked. Within this general context provided by ITRA, Ultra Trail Torres del Paine Running is an intensive way to connect with nature; it is a life experience in Patagonia.
The denomination “ULTRA PAINE®” or “UTTP” for short, is the result of the combination between two concepts: Ultra, a term utilized often in Trail Running, and is associated directly with distances exceeding 42K. The other term, which defines the denomination of the event, is “Torres del Paine,” in reference to the Torres del Paine National Park, whose mountainous geography is part of the best views included in ULTRA PAINE®‘s race routes. In the 2014 and 2015 editions, ULTRA PAINE®‘s race routes penetrated the Park’s trails; however, in 2018, as in 2016 & 2017, the trails close to the Park, without entering it, will be used.
The event will take place in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region, Providence of Última Esperanza (Last Hope), Commune Torres del Payne. The region’s capital is Punta Arenas, and the closest city to the event’s race zone is Puerto Natales.
The race format is going to be a non-stop race with semi-autonomy. This means that each runner must be independent between aid stations. Thus, in order to endure any possible weather or physical conditions that may arise, each runner must carry mandatory equipment at all times (see equipment list in Race Rules). Similarly, the runner must carry a sufficient amount of nutrition and hydration to last each leg of the race. ULTRA PAINE® adheres to the values of sportsmanship, loyalty, solidarity, and environmental respect.
ULTRA PAINE®‘s race route will pass through a wide variety of terrain and landscapes. Thus, all of the following will be passed along the course: ranch farms, forests, grasslands, mountains, bordering lakes, and other natural environments. For the course’s terrain, runners will move on animal tracks, trails, back-roads for vehicles, etc.
For this edition, the race routes are located outside of the park’s limits, so it will not be necessary to enter the park; however, should your hotel/hostel accommodation be located inside of the park or should you wish to visit it, you will have to pay the corresponding entry fee in order to enter the park. The closest entryway from the park to the finish line is Portería Río Serrano.
The race route will be clearly indicated, which will include various markings depending on the race zone, but will primarily include stakes and tape. Please reference the Runner’s Guide for more details.
The event will offer four race distances:
*These race distances could be slightly modified when the route details are finalized.
The runners from each race distance will be classified according to the following table of categories, which is based on the runner’s age as of September 22, 2018:
|Category||Age Range: Men||Age Range: Women|
|Guanacos||18 – 29||18 – 29|
|Pumas||30 – 39||30 – 39|
|Huemules||40 – 49||40 – 49|
|Zorros||50 – 59||50 – 59|
|Cóndores||60 +||60 +|
Note: The categories have been named in recognition of the natural environment in which the race takes place. The names used are from the surrounding wildlife.
|ULTRA PAINE® |
|Maximum Altitude||462 masl||462 masl||462 masl||870 masl|
|Maximum Race Time||4.0 hrs.||8.0 hrs.||12.0 hrs.||17.0 hrs.|
|Starting Time||22 Sep / 11:00||22 Sep / 10:00||22 Sep / 08:00||22 Sep / 06:00|
|Race Cut-Off Time (Day/Time)||22 Sep / 15:00||22 Sep / 18:00||22 Sep / 20:00||22 Sep / 23:00|
|Cut-Off Points||No||No||Mirador Grey / 17:00||Mirador Grey / 19:00|
|Starting Line||Mirador Grey |
Bahía El Bote
|Finish Line||Hotel Río|
|Aid / Control Stations (PAS)*||3||5||7||10|
|Drop Bag (DB)**||1||1||1||2|
|Mandatory Air Rescue Insurance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Recommended Technical Briefing||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ITRA Points Awarded||No||2||3||4|
|* The Starting Line and Finish Line are both considered as a PAS.|
|** For the 14K, 35K & 50K distances, the only drop bag (DB) is the one that is left at the starting line and delivered at the finish line.|
Yes, for security and logistical reasons, cut-off times will be set at intermediate points for the 80K, 50K, and 35K distances. Please reference the Runner’s Guide for more details.
It is prohibited for runners to be accompanied throughout the race; however, there will be aid stations where the assistance from friends, family, or team members is permitted. Some of these stations are accessible by vehicle. Please reference the Runner’s Guide for more details.
Yes, all runners can leave a drop bag at their respective starting lines, which will be transported by the organization to the finish line.
The climate in Patagonia is characterized by highly variable and unpredictable weather conditions in all four seasons; however, in the month of September, which is the date for the event, spring will already have begun! Gradually, the green begins to return after a hard winter. Therefore, you can expect average temperatures between 2 and 10°C, with absolutes maximums exceeding 15°C. Even though it will not be during a season of strong and persistent winds, and beyond statistics, there is also the possibility that Patagonia will surprise us with some form of a storm to show us her power! Therefore, you must come prepared for everything, and the use of adequate clothing will be fundamental in order to enjoy your experience in these latitudes.
NOTE: In reference to weather conditions, the mandatory equipment seeks to improve the race experience, while also serving as an important part of your safety and comfort during the event. Selecting and evaluating each item is the runner’s responsibility.
When entering Chile from outside the country, one must first arrive in Santiago, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, code SCL (Aeropuerto Internacional Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez). From this airport, there are frequent flights to Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magellan and Chilean Antarctica Region and the closest city to Puerto Natales and ULTRA PAINE®‘s race zone. From Punta Arenas, there are regular bus services to Puerto Natales (250km). From Puterto Natales there will be special bus services to travel to the race’s starting points.
The starting lines are approximately 70-80 km from Puerto Natales. In order to access these points, you can use your own means of transportation or use the official bus service, which includes returning to Puerto Natales from the finish line. Please reference the Runner’s Guide for more details.
During the event, the runners can be followed along the course by tracking their progression through the various checkpoints. These points will be used to provide specific information regarding the passage of all the runners. A runner’s friends and family will be able to access this information through the Internet.
The Runner’s Kit can be picked up in Puerto Natales, based on the following schedule:
|T.B.D.||T.B.D.||Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200 (In front of Plaza de Armas)|
|T.B.D.||T.B.D.||Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200 (In front of Plaza de Armas)|
NOTE: Please refer to your Runner’s Guide for any updated dates and/or times for Kit Pick Up.
Registration does not include:
Registration opens on October 18, 2017, and will close on August 16, 2018. The following three stages list the dates of the registration period:
|Oct 18 – Nov 8, 2017||Nov 9 – Mar 7, 2018||Mar 8 – Aug 15, 2018|
|Oct 18 – Nov 8, 2017||Nov 8 – Mar 7, 2018||Mar 8 – Aug 15, 2018|
The registration fee includes the following:
NOTE: Unspecified services are not included.
Registration can be completed through Welcu’s system, entering through the registration section that can be found on our web page here. The possible payment methods are the following: national or international credit card, debit card, or bank transfer. If you live outside of Chile, please change the form of currency for payment from Chilean Pesos to Dollars; otherwise, your card will be rejected.
In addition to being at least 18 years old, he or she must be fully aware of all the Race’s dimensions and risks, and specifically including the test it takes to complete, and be fully prepared, for all of them. Having the minimal experience and semi-autonomy ability in mountains that allows for him or her to successfully and independently confront the challenges presented in ULTRA PAINE®. (Please reference Article 4 of the Race’s General Rules for more details).
Aerorescate Service – Emergency Medical Rescue. Serious,
life-threatening emergencies that justify aerial evacuation:
The moment you finish registration, you will automatically receive a ticket from Welcu in addition to a confirmation email from the Organization.
In this case, you have to check your e-mail for spam. If you cannot find it there, we recommend you to send a message to email@example.com explaining your situation with your payment receipt attached. Please note that we send each registered runner a welcome e-mail. It may be possible that you have not received a confirmation letter because your registration may be incomplete.
Any changes on your registration may be made until August 15, 2018. These changes may be made by emailing
Yes, you are permitted to change your race distance, but only until August 15, 2018. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to change your distance.
We try to only send relevant information, which may include reminders, important changes, logistical matters, or even promotions from local services that may be attractive and/or beneficial to runners; however, we will not release or share your email address with any third parties.
It depends on the date of when this notice is given to the Organization. For more information, you may check our Rules and Regulations.
Yes, it is possible. You must inform the Organization about the change, as well as the name of the person who will take your place. The administrative fee of $5,000 CLP or $10.00 USD must be paid to make the change.
Similar to any runner who registers, he or she will receive a welcome email from the organization upon payment.
Yes, it is permitted, provided that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for each event. For more details, please refer to Rules and Regulations.