AAUT welcomes your inquiry. Please thoroughly review the Rules & Regulations and Race Itinerary and read below to see if your question has already been addressed. If not, there is an Ask Your Question form at the bottom of the page. A response will post within 24-hours with an email alert.
Where is the race located?
AAUT starts and finishes in our host town, Loja. Strategically placed in the heart of Andalusia, it is an ideal base for exploring the region. Accommodation for competitors and race personnel will be at the Hotel Manzanil (http://www.manzanil.com/hotel_loja.php). The race organizers make all Hotel Manzanil reservations.
How do I get there?
Located by the A-92 motorway, Loja is just 35 minutes from Granada airport and 55 min from Malaga airport. For more information on arrivals and departures, go to the Travel page.
Do I get points towards UTMB from Al Andalus Ultimate Trail?
Al Andalus Ultimate Trail qualifies for 5-points towards the relevant year and edition of the UTMB® for all qualified finishers.
What are the categories?
Men’s ranking: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Women’s ranking: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Team ranking: First place
Are competitors required to finish each stage within a set time limit?
There will be a time limit on each stage in 2018 based on a 5.5-6.5km/h minimum average speed requirement per stage. The checkpoint closing times will be posted the evening before the following day’s stage. If a particular competitor is struggling during a stage, the Race Doctor and Race Director will be called on to make the decision if the runner can stay in or be pulled out. This is safer for the runner due to the high temperatures and sun exposure. If a runner does not reach a CP by the CP closing time, he/she will be picked up and driven to the stage finish. The Race Doctor and Race Director’s decision is based on the personal safety of the runner and support team and their word is final.
What happens if I can’t complete a stage?
A pulled runner may continue on a later day, with the doctor’s approval, but would no longer be classified for the overall race. Runners that drop out on Stage Two, and do not plan to run again, may share the expense of a taxi from the village back to the race hotel or join the volunteers if space is available. The organization cannot carry participants that drop out from site-to-site otherwise.
Are there facilities to recharge watches and phones at the various campsites?
We have electricity and multi-socket points at each campsite. Don’t forget a 2-pin adapter!
Can we buy fresh food at the villages and camps where we are staying?
The race hotel is directly across the street from a large supermarket. Stage 1 is in walking distance of a few restaurants and grocery stores. Stage 2 ends in Jatar where a restaurant offers a special menu for runners to purchase. There is no grocery store. The Stage 3 campsite is remote. The organization prepares a paella meal on location. Stage 4 is in a campsite and will offer a pasta meal. Stage 5 ends back at the hotel for the Gala Dinner.
We encourage competitors to bring dehydrated meals to eat as soon as possible after a stage finish. There will be boiling water available. We also suggest a dehydrated breakfast.
Can I arrive earlier to acclimatize?
Yes. Please contact the race organization at [email protected] to take advantage of promotional rates and other options in the area.
I would like to bring my spouse and family with me. Is there space at the hotels and is there anything for them to do while I am at the race?
There will be additional hotel rooms available in Loja before and after the race (as available), and a number of hotels with promotional rates along the route. There is a wide range of wonderful activities friends and family members can take advantage of in the region: beach, mountain hikes, cycling, and historic sites. Please contact the race organization at [email protected] for suggestions.
I would like to volunteer. Do I need to have previous experience?
It is a plus, but not a requirement. Volunteers will gain experience in everything from event organization to ultra running. Please go to the Volunteers section of the website for information and application.
Do I need to know how to read a map and a compass?
The course is well-marked, but the runner must review the GPS routes on the website before arriving and read the Road Book provided at registration. It is important that every runner depends on his/her own navigation abilities and not simply follow runners ahead.
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