FAQs

All those people, men and women who want to test their physical and mental abilities, in an unrepeatable environment. VUM is a race with freedom of pace. With room for both elite athletes and adventure lovers with good physical condition.

Yes. The VUM organization offers a companion program in parallel to the race that allows you to travel together, see your family or friends during the daily stages, departures and arrivals, camps, etc. Learn, info@volcanoultramarathon.com

The safety and enjoyment of our competitors is our priority, and safety is a priority at all times. Our event has the full support of an experienced medical and safety team. Our medical team is available from the moment you come under our care, to ensure that you are in a fit condition to participate, maintain your health during the event and help with the difficult decision to retire from the race if necessary. Our event has been fully assessed by the personnel who will direct your steps.

Our Ultra Marathons include the following:

  • Transfer from the base camp
  • Transfer of equipment
  • Shared accommodation: tents or hotels (where applicable)
  • Water during the race (available from the first day at the base camp)
  • Food after crossing the finish line
  • Experienced race director
  • Support equipment
  • Medical personnel
  • Local multilingual support personnel
  • Full digital photos of the whole race

Our Ultra Marathons not include the following:

  • Vaccinations (more information provided in your welcome pack)
  • Travel insurance / evacuation insurance (essential)
  • Visas / local taxes (where applicable)
  • Personal costs (drinks / souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any personal equipment
  • Food for the race and energy supplements
  • Food before the race
  • Extra nights’ accommodation
  • Flights

You can book a place in our races up to 2 weeks before the race, however, due to the remote location of the event and the limited number of competitors that can participate, we recommend you book as early as possible, to guarantee you will be able to take part.

Yes, you will receive a full list of the kit in your welcome pack. If you have any questions about the kit, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Volcano Ultramarathon is open to a wide range of forgiveness, with different sports capabilities, free rhythm race, with cut and close times at check points and wide goals for different race rhythms. However, the hardness of the stages in terms of unevenness and distance, make it a selective test for those who are not used to running or walking at a good pace long distances and significant slopes, keep in mind that it must come with something more than a basic sports preparation.
The terrain is varied and mainly runs through jungle trails, dry and wet mountains, volcanoes and crossing. It is outside the usual routes of passage and transit of people. There are very few sections without unevenness, whether positive or negative, Costa Rica’s own geography means that we must overcome all these types of land, we must pay close attention to the flora and fauna of the country since it will require a lot of attention to keep us out of danger
We must remember that you participate in an extreme event.
With departure in the northwest of the country, crossing downtown, heading southwest. Passing through some of the largest and oldest volcanoes in Costa Rica, sleeping a few meters from the crater of some of them, passing through dead areas due to volcanic activities. Constantly discovering unusual corners, communities, tribes and natural areas, one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. We will travel between 100 and 3000 meters high.
On April 5 at 05:30 am, the 2nd edition of VolcanoUltraMarathon is released.
The final tour will be announced to the participants on day 4 at the time of delivery of the ROADBOOK and TECHNICAL talk.
The wake-up time is free, it is recommended between 2 or 2: 30h before the start of each stage, at that time the hot water is ready for the preparation of breakfast, up to 30 minutes before each departure, which will begin the briefing of each stage Departure times will be around 05:30 to 8:00 am.
The closing times of the passage controls, as well as the entry into the finish line, vary according to distances and stage differences. In any case, all stages must start and end with sunlight, that is, they will never exceed 7 to 9 hours from departure to end of stage, enough time estimated by the organization to complete the itineraries for a person with a good physical condition.
If a runner enters outside the cut-off times established by the organization, 10 hours in normal stages, 20 hours in the queen stage, he will be able to continue in the race and therefore take the exit the next day, provided that his physical condition allows it and Authorized by the medical and career director.
Read Article 6 and 11 of career regulations.
In no case will any participant be left alone on the track. A SWEEP team from the organization is always behind the runner in last position.
Yes, a minimum of 2000 calories, this will be checked on the day of your dorsal’s delivery and must accompany the entire route for the day of its consumption.
REMEMBER, event without assistance, only providing 10L of average water per athlete at each stage, a minimum load capacity for 2.5L water will be required
Each runner must carry a minimum of 2,000 calories per day, for a total of 7 days, adding a minimum of 14,000 calories.
It depends on the stages, although as a general rule, the supplies can be found every 10 or 12 km.
Only water as a contribution of hydrates when running, an average of 3L per athlete. In the CP (step control) we will have medical assistance as well as a rest area.
The route will be due and sufficiently signposted in order to avoid unwanted “misses”.
In the CPs (passage controls), as well as in the camps there is a health care service available to the participants. In any case, each runner must carry as a mandatory material his first aid kit with the established material, SEE mandatory material.
Dropouts are situations reflected in the race regulations. They can occur before the start of the stage or during the course, the abandonment must be communicated in one of the step controls, career personnel or organization. Whenever possible, the runner must reach the finish line by his own means together with the organization team that is in the race queue. If this is not possible, a pick-up procedure will be activated by the race management.
Although the course of the race runs through clearly marked paths, and therefore following the itinerary should not pose any kind of complication, the possibility of getting lost is objectively possible, so that each runner will have a ROUTE BOOK, compass (material mandatory) and emergency SPOT, device delivered in technical talk as well as the indications for use.
In any case, if there is a manifestly complex area, it will be monitored by a person from the organization who will give the relevant indications.
During the itinerary there are several areas with mobile phone coverage. In any case, said coverage is not continued throughout the course.
In Costa Rica there are not many problems of coverage, attention to the costs of international data, we recommend that the mobile if it is perspired is very tight since rivers will cross.
Each camp will have an organization area and a corridor area. The corridors will be housed in individual stores and the services available will be: dining store, medical service store, camp chief store at the entrance to it and W.C.
In “igloo” type tents. It is recommended to carry a mat.
Yes, but limited in quantity and schedule.
The camps, for obvious reasons, will not have power, the organization will try to put the means to do so, be aware of the limitations, so you can load any item (camera, mobile, watch, etc ..)
The water supplied by the organization, both in supplies and meals, will be all bottled. The organization will mark the areas on the route where it recommends drinking water.
NO, it is advised that it carries a penalty.
A medical team will be at the exit and stage arrivals. Also, one or two members of this team are in the course of the test in the passage controls.
In general terms, the weather in Costa Rica consists of two seasons: the dry and wet season, we will be crossing the country in both environments. In any case, and given the global meteorological changes, we must take into account the personal equipment in case of any unforeseen weather, check out the material recommendations.
It should be noted that the test is performed at different heights depending on the stage, so we can calculate that the minimum temperatures at the highest points of the race, especially at night and dawn, can reach 0 ° C or -5 ° C , that is why we provide Cold Bag, it will be delivered and explained in a technical talk on April 4.
We will be in a dry and humid environment, but we will have stages at quite a height, a complete change of cold is recommended, it will be delivered to the organization to be provided for that night.
There are no mandatory vaccines, although it is convenient to consult with the External Health Services of our Community, as well as to have the tetanus, essential or reminder vaccine updated.
To enter Costa Rica it is necessary to have a valid passport with a minimum validity of 90 days, for VISA check your nationality and requirements. http://www.costarica-embassy.org/index.php?q=node/23