Kaçkar Ultra Marathon
With three races to choose from: The Kaçkar Ultra Marathon being a 64K, while the Mountain Marathon is a 43 K and the Ayder Run is a 13 K, this marathon of races held from Sept. 24 to 25 gives runners of all levels the opportunity to experience the unparalleled beauty and nature of the Kaçkar Mountains. Held in a festival-like atmosphere, the event kicks off on Friday, Sept. 23 with a Muhlama Party, (muhlama being the Black Sea's best answer for fondue, except theirs is done with added cornmeal). Saturday will see the ultra and mountain marathoners take their start and in the evening there will be a concert performance by the Istanbul-based rock band Marsis. Sunday will be the more relaxed Ayder Run and the much coveted Awards Ceremony. Participants stay in the venue of their choice in the Ayder Valley.
Lycian Way Ultra Marathon
The mothership of all marathons in Turkey, the Likya Yolu (Lycian Way) Ultra Marathon is a multi-day marathon with five different races with courses starting from 20K and going all the way up to a whopping 250 kilometers set along the historical and stunning Lycian Way, a long-distance footpath that runs in the mountains along the coast from Fethiye to Antalya. Turkey's first ultramarathon, which has been held annually since 2010, has fast become one of the most popular challenges for extreme athletes in Turkey and from abroad. Over the course of six days runners will tackle 250 kilometers of the 500 kilometers that makes up the Lycian Road. Spread out amongst six-days, the days are spent running and the evenings camping underneath the stars with hundreds of fellow runners in a spectacular setting. The races staged are a 20K, 80K, the 102 kilometer "Zor1Gun" race, 120K and the ultramarathon of 250K. A full nine-day event that kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 4; the race starts in Fethiye's Ölüdeniz and goes through Sidyma, Kaş, Simena, Finike, Olympos and finishes at the ruins of the ancient spa center Phaselis with a closing party on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Frig Valley Ultramarathon
The Frig Valley Ultramarathon is a 14K, 29K, 42K and 60K that will be held on Sept. 3 in Afyonkarahisar's Phrygian Valley, a rugged and rocky terrain with interspersed ruins from the ancient civilization that once lived here. Participants can stay at the NG Afyon Hotel or camp out on the grounds and the event kicks off the night prior with a welcoming "Pasta Party" while the races and UA Finisher Party take place on Saturday.
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