The Way of Legends is a fully catered point-to-point Ultra Stage Race on Foot.
The Way of Legends is a six-day ultra stage race which will be held from the 14th of May 2024 to the 22nd of May 2024 and consists of 5 successive stages approximately the length of the legendary marathon distance of 42km followed by a final much shorter 6th stage along the historic pilgrimage path of Saint James to the finish line at the Cathedral of Burgos, a magnificent world heritage site. The Way of Legends is a fantastic opportunity to experience the natural beauty, culture, and gastronomy of this diverse region nestled between the two largest Spanish rivers The Ebro and The Duero. Burgos province has always been a frontier region and crossroads of many civilizations and cultures and has without doubt witnessed through the centuries of many significant historical events. The Way of Legends traverses this unique region with each stage crossing through a different landscape and engulfed by a unique Local Legend.
The Race basically consists of 5 stages longer than a marathon and a final shorter 13km stage along the “Camino de Santiago” to the finish line at the World Heritage Site of Burgos Cathedral. The race will have a total length of approximately 254km (+6860m -7195m) of which less than 3% will be on asphalted roads. The Stages have a wide range of profiles and geographies, from a practically flat stage on a comfortable wide trail through a beautiful forest to a tough mountain trail stage with over 2000 meters of altitude gain and passing over the highest peak of the province at 2150m above sea level.
For obvious safety reasons, there will be a minimal mandatory equipment list to be carried out at all times by the participants during the running of all the stages. This equipment will be checked on a daily basis and Failure to show all the items whenever asked will result in time penalties or the inability of the participant to continue in the race. All other personal overnight equipment will be carried from camp to camp by the organization with a maximum of one 12kg bag each. During the race, all participants and the organizing team will stay in the same camps where beds, showers and toilet facilities will be available but sleeping bags will not be provided. Personal belongings (one bag per person) that are not needed by participants during the race will be kept safe by the organization in Burgos until the end of the race.
There will be Checkpoints every 8-16km where participants will be given only drinking water. Participants must be self-sufficient between checkpoints and must take into consideration that for the most part the race they will be crossing very remote areas. There are a few road crossings at which the organization´s staff will be situated in order to help you cross safely. There are numerous village bars and restaurants along the way, usually coinciding with certain checkpoints where participants may have a drink and a snack of their own accord. Due to the logistics of the race, there will be a maximum of 12 hours allocated to complete each stage. This means that participants will need to move at a reasonable pace and not stop for too long along the way in order to make it to the checkpoints and finish line before the cutoff times. Those participants who do not reach the last checkpoint of each stage in the allotted cut-off time announced by the race director at the beginning of each day will be transferred from the last Checkpoint to the end of the stage and will be allowed to start the next day´s stage but will no longer be ranked in the classification or receive the finishers medal.
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