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Top 10 Multi-Day Self-Supported Stage Races Around The World:

Updated: May 2, 2023

The following races are just a few examples of the many multi-day self-supported stage races around the world. Each race offers its own unique challenges and rewards, making them an exciting and unforgettable experience for runners who are up for the challenge.

A multi-day runner rests inside her bivouac tent between stages in the Namib Desert.  Hypoxia Performance at multi-day stage race.
A multi-day runner rests inside her bivouac tent between stages in the Namib Desert

Hypoxia Performance's Recommendations for Self-Supported Stage Races:

  1. Racing The Planet’s 4 Deserts Series: This series consists of four races, each taking place in a different desert on four different continents. Each race is 250km held over seven days.

  2. Ultra Race Romania: Competitors cover 250km (155 miles) in 6 stages thorough the beautiful but challenging terrain of Romania. Competitors will also have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Romanian history and culture and dive deep into Romanian cuisine and traditions following the race.

  3. Grand to Grand Ultra: A six-stage, 273km race through the canyons, sand dunes, and mesas of the Grand Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the US.

  4. Trans-Pecos Ultra: A 165 mile race held over six days in the Big Bend area of southwestern Texas.

  5. Fire and Ice Ultra: The Fire and Ice Ultra, Iceland's toughest footrace, is a self-sufficient, 250km event held over six days in the uninhabited heart of Iceland.

  6. Marathon des Sables: Known as the toughest foot race on earth, the Marathon des Sables is a six-day race through the Sahara Desert, covering over 250km.

  7. The Coastal Challenge: A six-day race through the jungles, beaches, and mountains of Costa Rica, covering a total distance of 236km.

  8. Trans Rockies Run: A six-day, 120-mile race through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with a total elevation gain of over 20,000 feet.

  9. The Track Series: Produced by Canal Adventures, The Track Races are some of the longest in the multi-day self-supported format with races reaching 520km over 10 days.

  10. Global Limits Ultramarathon Series: Since 2012, Global Limits has produced multi-stage races that are typically 6 stages and 200+/- km in unique locations like Sao Tome, Bhutan, and Cambodia.

Ready To Get Started?

Participating in a multi-day self-supported stage race can be a life-changing experience. These races test not only your physical endurance but also your mental toughness, resilience, and adaptability. From running through the sandy dunes of the Sahara Desert to trekking across the icy terrain of Antarctica, each race presents a unique set of challenges that can only be overcome through determination, focus, and grit.

If you're a runner looking to take your skills and abilities to the next level, then a multi-day self-supported stage race could be just the challenge you need. Whether you're a seasoned ultrarunner or a relative newcomer to the sport, there's a race out there that will push you to your limits and test your mettle like never before.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the list of races we've provided and start planning your next big adventure. And if you've already participated in a multi-day self-supported stage race, we want to hear from you. Share your favorite race experiences, tips, and insights in the comments below, and let's inspire each other to push the boundaries of what we're capable of.

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