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Multi-Stage Race

100 KM / 3 DAY

Salt Pans Ultra Trail Marathon

100 km Ultra Trail Marathon in Botswana

The Salt Pans Ultra Trail Marathon 2019 is a 3 day Ultra Trail Run on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.

Sua Pan, the Eastern of three salt pans situated in the middle of the dry savanna of North-Eastern Botswana, is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pans are home to Africa’s only breeding ground of the Greater Flamingo and are the location of Wilbur Smith’s famous novel “The Sunbird”.

The conditions on race day are anyone’s guess. Late rains may make the pan muddy and wet. Hot winds whip up sand and slow progress. October is known as suicide month due to the sudden run Northwards of the mercury on temperature gauges after the brief cool, winter respite. Headache inducing snow white sand glares in the sun. Despite the harsh, desolate environment the pans are none the less striking in their beauty.

At night the stars reach down and caress the horizon. The Milky Way (Botswana’s equivalent of the Northern lights) is as clear to the naked eye here as anywhere else on Earth. Shooting stars are bright and sudden. The sunsets and sunrises amaze and the complete solitude forces introspection.

This is Africa at both its harshest and most beautiful. Standing in the middle of the Pans surrounded by a sea of sand the feeling of absolute isolation is both oppressive and liberating.

Welcome to Botswana’s first Ultra Marathon

More Information
Entries open

To register for SALT PAN ULTRA MARATHON 2019 in Botswana, follow the link below and complete the form and submit.

More information about the race and entry conditions here

For any question you can contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Salt Pans Ultra Marathon

Ultra

100km route

The 3 Day's will cover approximately 100 km in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The race will go through some of the most amazing parts of the pans. Our base camp will be in Mosu, a village at the southern part of the Sua Pans.

Registration

Registration is open

Race Logistics

The race itself is self supporting but when in camp, you are full catered

Medical Suport

We provide medical support throughout the race

Catering

We provide resting points with food and drinks

Event

schedule

14:00

arrival

arrive at Mosu Village Base Camp for sign in and equipment/nutrition inspection. Pitch tents if bringing own.

16:00

official opening

race introduction and race brief

16:30

info session

presentation and talk on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

17:30

race preparation

prep for night run

18:00

start of day 1

12 km sunset run in the pans

20:00

dinner

pasta supper

from 04:00

breakfast

reveille and breakfast

06.00 am

start of day 2

58 km run to Kukonje Island

12:00 to 17:00

race finish

snacks and showers available / relaxing at Kukonje Island

17:00

cut off time

latest arrival for runners at Kukonje Island

17:30

dinner

supper / preparation of day 3

from 04.30

breakfast

reveille and breakfast

6.30 am

start of day 3

30 km back to our main camp

12:00

cut off time

latest arrival at the base camp

12:00 to 14:00

lunch

lunch for all runners and guests

14:00 to 16:00

chill

relaxed time at the camp

16:00

prize giving

announcement of the winners men/women

16:30

party

beers, braai and boogie

07:00 to 09:00

breakfast

breakfast for all participants

10.00 am

official end of the race 2019

depart

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