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Self-Sufficient Stage Run: (A prologue and then 4 stages for total of 160km for runners, trekkers and expeditioners. There will be 3 set mountain camps.Non-Stop Ultra Run: Teams of 2 (160 k for ultra runners, mountain runners, fast packers, sky runners and true runners. They will have one drop box about 1/2 the way on route for re-supply) Runners will need to carry some essential items for safety and will have limited race support on course as they attempt to be the fastest to the finish line at the mountain village of Sorata.There will be one safety time cut off at camp 2. If a team fails to make the cutoff they can elect to be transported to the finish or remain in camp 2 and wait for the stage race (about a day behind) and join the stage race to experience the rest of the route unranked. (each non-stop team will be responsible for packing their drop box with required or recommended items. Weight and size restrictions for drop boxes will be provided in your race info kit upon registration.)A mandatory gear/packing list will be emailed to each registered competitor and also available in the secure competitor log in area of the website. Mandatory gear and packing list for those in the stage run will be slightly different from what is required for those in the non-stop ultra run. We will also list recommended items and reliable brands here.The daily stage distances and overall distance may not seem as challenging as longer stage runs at first glance. Don’t be fooled. This is a TCC Adventures event and anyone who has run at elevation can attest that acclimatizing to these heights takes time and presents a set of challenges that will test your resolve on every level. Carrying a pack with even minimal supplies will slow you down while your lungs labor to draw in more oxygen and your legs feel unnaturally heavy…and that’s just what you’ll feel at the prologue.You would be hard pressed to find a more challenging race in this hemisphere or a more epic adventure anywhere. Put it on your race calendar for 2010 if you’re finally ready for racing in the skies
The longest chain of mountains on the planet lies along the western edge of South America like an immense dragon - its tail falling into the freezing Antarctic Ocean, its head breathing fire 5,000 miles north. The Andes, home to the highest points outside the Himalayas, are remarkable not only for their volcanoes and their jagged peaks, the spines of the dragon's back; the niches they shelter are a world of extremes and hidden secrets.The Andes can be both vibrantly alive and terribly desolate. They shelter the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert, where in places it has never rained. But farther north is also the wettest place on the planet - the cloud forest of Lloro, Colombia, which absorbs an astounding 40 feet of rainfall a year. And in between, on the wide plateau called Altiplano, lie poisonous, caustic salt lakes.The Andes are relatively young compared to the Himalayas and are still growing. In the last century they've risen hundreds of feet in some places, pushed skyward as the sliding mass of South America crashes into solid rock under the Pacific Ocean. An Andes peak may yet top Mount Everest and a “True Runner” may yet be found. Only time will tell.
A little more about the Chasqui and the notion of a “True Runner”:As with many indigenous cultures in North, Central and South America, long distance runners were used in the service of communicating throughout their lands.But by far the greatest pre-Columbian road system ran over 2,500 miles from northern Ecuador to southern Chile. The coastal stretch covered some 1,100 miles, and featured molded curbing, retaining walls where they cut through hills, and fruit trees along the shoulder. Wrinkling along the spine of the Andes, the highland road was narrower and more engineered with causeways and culverts. From both highways arteries branched east, north, and south to connect the Inca capital with the "Four Quarters of the World."The Inca highway carried the most institutionalized of all runner organizations, the Chasqui - meaning "to exchange”Chasquis trained rigorously, carrying memorized messages and could guarantee one-day delivery for every 140 miles of road. They worked using a relay system that allowed them to convey messages over very long distances within a short period of time. Tambos, or relay stations, were constructed at key points along the road system, often consisting of a small shelter with food and water. Chasquis would start at one tambo and run to the next tambo where another rested chasqui was waiting to then carry the message to the next tambo. Through the chasqui system a message could be delivered from Cusco to Quito within a week, actually less time than it takes to deliver mail between those cities today!
Bolivia: Only superlatives do it justice. It’s the hemisphere’s highest, most isolated and most rugged nation. It’s among the earth’s coldest, warmest, windiest and steamiest spots. It boasts the driest, saltiest and swampiest natural landscapes in the world.Small Colonial cities and towns like Sucre and Potosí and Sorata dot the landscape in the mountains and near Lake Titicaca and speak of a time of great mineral wealth. Silver was mined in the once mineral rich Potosi until there was no silver left and the city was then reduced to mining tin. Bolivia is also a place where the indigenous community has withstood against cultural assimilation or erosion remarkably well. In a country of about 9 million more than 60% of that population is indigenous and their vibrant folk traditions remain largely intact. Here you will walk among Aymará, Quechua, Guaraní and over 30 other ethnic groups. Bolivia has it all…except, that is, for beaches.No beaches but you do have the Cordillera Real. The Cordillera Real, a range with almost a thousand peaks soaring over 5,000 meters matches anything the Himalayas can offer in climbing and trekking, but with much less of the human traffic. This is one of the most rugged inhabited environments on earth, from shimmering Lake Titicaca, the only lake to give birth to an empire, to the stark Salar de Uyuni, the most vast and high salt lake in the world - 12,000 sq km of blinding white, completely flat nothingness.It is a vast and surreal tract of wild, unexplored natural beauty. You will find a simply breathtaking and sprawling wilderness.
Bolivia is a haven for the outdoor adventure seeker so please be sure to plan ahead. Flights and accommodations before or after event dates should be booked early for peak-season travel and the Inca Run takes place during peak season.There are only a few airlines offering direct flights to Bolivia. There are direct services to most major South American cities; the flights to/from Chile and Peru are the cheapest.The USA & CanadaInexpensive tickets from North American gateways (Miami is cheapest) usually have restrictions. Often there’s a two-week advance-purchase requirement, and usually you must stay at least one week and no more than three months (prices often double for longer periods).
Airlines with international flights and offices in La Paz include the following: