Ultra Trail Torres del Paine Third Edition Patagonia Chile


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 info@ultrapaine.com.

General Information

1. What is Trail Running?

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.

2. Why is it called UTTP or ULTRA PAINE®?

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 2020, as in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, the trails close to the Park, without entering it, will be used.

3. Where will ULTRA PAINE® take place?

The event will take place in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region, Province 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.

4. What is the race format for ULTRA PAINE®?

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.

5. What types of terrain will be crossed in ULTRA PAINE®?

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.

6. Will it be necessary to pay an entry fee to Torres del Paine National Park?

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.

7. How will the race route be marked?

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.

8. What race distances are included in ULTRA PAINE®’s seventh edition?

The event will offer four race distances:


*These race distances could be slightly modified when the route details are finalized.

9. Will ITRA Points be awarded for ULTRA PAINE® 2020?

Ultra Paine® is a Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® qualifying race with the following points awarded by ITRA for 2020:(*):

ITRA Points 2020
80K3 Points
50K2 Points
35K2 Points

10. What categories will be included in ULTRA PAINE®? How will they be awarded?

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 December 12, 2020:

CategoryAge Range: MenAge Range: Women
Guanaco18 – 2918 – 29
Puma30 – 3930 – 39
Huemul40 – 4940 – 49
Zorro50 – 5950 – 59
Cóndor60 +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.

  • All runners that cross the finish line within the established time limits will receive a finisher medal.
  • For all race distances, runners will be awarded for the first three places in each category.

11. What are the starting points, time limits, altitudes, and aid stations for each race distance?

Distance (km)13.936.251.581.0
Distance (M)8.622.532.050.3
Maximum Altitude462 masl462 masl462 masl870 masl
Maximum Race Time4.0 hrs.8.0 hrs.12.0 hrs.16.0 hrs.
Bus Departure12 Dec / 09:0012 Dec / 07:0012 Dec / 06:0012 Dec / 04:30
Starting Time12 Dec / 11:0012 Dec / 09:0012 Dec / 08:0012 Dec / 06:00
Race Cut-Off Time (Day/Time)12 Dec / 15:0012 Dec / 17:0012 Dec / 20:0012 Dec / 22:00
Cut-Off PointsNoNoMirador Grey / 16:00Mirador Grey / 19:00
Starting LineMirador Grey
Ruta Y-290
Bahía El Bote
El Kark
Villa Cerro
Finish LineVilla
Aid / Control Stations (PAS)*35710
Drop Bag (DB)**1112
Minimum ExperienceNoYesYesYes
Mandatory EquipmentYesYesYesYes
Recommended Technical BriefingYesYesYesYes
ITRA Points AwardedNo223
* 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.

12. Will there be intermediate cut-off points?

Yes, for security and logistical reasons, cut-off times will be set at intermediate points for the 80K and 50K distances. Please reference the Runner’s Guide for more details.

13. Can my team members, friends, or family accompany me along the race?

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.

14. Can I leave a bag at the starting line?

Yes, all runners can leave a drop bag at their respective starting lines, which will be transported by the organization to the finish line.

15. What will be the climate during the days of the event?

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.

16. How can I reach the race area?

When entering Chile from outside the country, one must first arrive in Santiago, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, code SCL. From this airport, there are frequent flights to Punta Arenas (PUQ), 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 Puerto Natales there will be special bus services to travel to the race’s starting points.

17. How can I go from Puerto Natales to the 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.

18. Will the race be followed on-line during the event?

The information in going to be confirmed soon.

Runner’s Kit

1. Where can I go to retrieve my runner’s kit?

The Runner’s Kit can be picked up in Puerto Natales, based on the following schedule:

10 DEC15:00 – 21:00Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200
(In front of Plaza de Armas)
11 DEC10:00 – 22:00Espacio 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.

2. What’s included in the Runner’s Kit?

Kit includes:

  • Official Runner Shirt Ultra Paine® 2020
  • Official Elastic Cylindrical Headband Ultra Paine® 2020
  • Official Race Number
  • Recyclable Timing Chip

Registration does not include:

  • Transfers in general (such as starting line, finish line, etc)
  • Accommodation
  • Accident insurance
  • Unspecified services


1. What are the dates of the registration period?

The registrations for 2020 edition are currently open and are going to be until August 26. For more information go to the “Registration” tab.

2. What is the registration cost and what is included?

The registration fee includes the following:

  • Route Design, exploration, clearing, cleaning, and marking.
  • Hydration and food stations along the course route and at the Finish Line.
  • Control points in strategic areas
  • Support Staff and Medical Team during the Race
  • First Aid, Search, Rescue, and Evacuation Teams
  • A private, multipurpose helicopter, based in the race zone, especially set aside for prevention and possible rescues in justified, emergency situations (View Details)
  • Official Runner Shirt Ultra Paine® 2020
  • Official Elastic Cylindrical Headband Ultra Paine® 2020
  • Official Race Number
  • Recyclable Timing Chip
  • Medal for crossing the finish line
  • Medal for the first three finishers of each race category
  • Fruit, Hydration, and a plate of food in the Finish Line
  • Digital Runner’s Guide
  • Bag-transfer from Start to Finish Line

NOTE: Unspecified services are not included.

3. How can I register?

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.

4. What are the requirements for entering the race?

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).

5. How do I know if I have effectively registered to be a runner in ULTRA PAINE®?

The moment you finish registration, you will automatically receive a ticket from Welcu confirming that your registration is complete.

6. Can I change any data in my registration form after my participation has been confirmed?

Any changes on your registration may be made until August 26, 2020. These changes may be made by emailing

7. Once registered, can I change my distance? Until when can I change it?

Yes, you are permitted to change your race distance, but only until August 26, 2020. Please email
info@ultrapaine.com to change your distance.

8. Once registered, am I going to receive updates regarding ULTRA PAINE® in my e-mail?

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.


1. If I injure myself or am unable to participate in the event for any reason, will I receive a partial refund?

It depends on the date of when this notice is given to the Organization. For more information, you may check our Rules and Regulations.

2. If for one reason or another I cannot compete in ULTRA PAINE®, can someone else take my place?

Yes, you can, just let us know sending an email to info@ultrapaine.com and we will explain you the corresponding process.

3. If I chose to save my registration, will I be able to use to run in one of the Organization’s other events.

Yes, it is permitted, provided that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for that event. For more details, please refer to Rules and Regulations.