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The Official 26.2 Mile Inca Trail Marathon and 18 mile Incathon Race: Machu Picchu, Peru. July 3-12, 2015

2014 official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon- Eriks Adventures

The Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon and 18 mile Incathon to Machu Picchu are part of a 9-day Peru Adventure Vacation. 7/3 to 7/12, 2015.

2015 is open for registration. Price: $2289 sharing a room. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information and updates on the 2015 event!

Overview

This hosted Peru multi-sport tour for runners and spectators is a top international running tour, offering a wide range of different outdoor activities, cultural programs, and unique adventures. The highlight of the trip is one of the most scenic and challenging marathons in South America with the finish line at Machu Picchu, Peru.

Recent Accolades
  • The Erik's Adventures Official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon was highlighted in the August, 2014 Runners World UK Edition Magazine
  • Women's Running Magazine May 2013- The Erik's Adventures Official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon was rated #1 in their Amazing Races article
  • Active.com in a featured 2012 article by one of our celebrity 2012 participants, professional running coach Jenny Hadfield
  • Washington Times March 2013 in an article by journalist and runner Karla Bruning

Our marathon is designed by experienced racers Erik and Myra Rasmussen. Erik's Adventures was the first to host an official, accurate, and fully supported 26.2 mile marathon race on The Inca Trail.  In 2012, our group of 41 adventurers completed the first actual marathon distance race on the Classic Inca Trail in Peru. In 2013, we had runners doing both the full 26.2 course and our 18 mile "Incathon" race, while being greeted at the finish by our great group of spectators on the tour. 2014 was a huge success with 50 runners and spectators attending our event. In addition we had new course records set in both the men's and women's races! Join us in July, 2015 and race on the Classic Inca Trail right to Machu Picchu!


The Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon Course and 18 mile Incathon Course:

  • are professionally and accurately measured
  • are well marked and supported with professional staff to ensure runner safety
  • provide at least 4 full service aid stations, access to drop bags, and first-aid



At Erik's Adventures, our philosophy for group travel is to maintain a healthy balance of structure and flexibility, and our custom itinerary is specially designed to do so. Our experienced guides take you to the famous sites of Peru as well as to lesser known destinations, educating you on the many aspects of Peruvian culture.  You also have plenty of flexibility to do some exploring on your own. This allows for an individual experience within a group travel setting.

Opportunities include:

  • interacting with local culture
  • sampling Peruvian cuisine
  • exploring ancient ruins
  • pursuing exciting outdoor activities
  • sampling the fun nightlife and visiting local markets
  • running in Peru with like minded athletes and new friends
  • completing the Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon or Incathon

Join us for our fully hosted Inca Trail Marathon Tour and discover the adventure you are seeking!

You must sign up early! Important information about limited Inca Trail space:

  • Please sign up early to get a spot in the race.
  • The space for the Inca Trail sold out 2/18/14 for our July, 2014 event.
  • Expect the 2015 Inca Trail space to sell out at least 5 and maybe 6 or more months in advance.

To view photos and videos from prior races, please visit our Facebook Page our Flickr Official 26.2 race pictures and race videos and Flickr Tour highlights

Itinerary

South America Adventure Running Tour

Peru 26.2 Marathon and 18 mile Incathon

on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


July 3 - July 12, 2015  (Race Date: July 9th)


Day 0 FRI JULY 3, 2015:  DEPART HOME CITY AND TAKE OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO LIMA, PERU  (or arrive earlier and stay in Lima until tour starts on July 4th)

Day 1 SAT JULY 4:  ARRIVE LIMA AND TRANSFER TO CUSCO (L)

Please plan accordingly for a 7:00 a.m.CST arrival (or earlier) into Lima on your intl flight.  Proceed through customs and immigrations and check-in for your domestic flight to Cusco. 


*Please note- If you are already in Lima prior to this morning, having arrived on July 4th or earlier; please be back at Jorge Chavez (LIM) intl airport to check-in for your flight 2 hours prior to departure.

The tour actually starts with the flight to Cusco from Lima. Please self-book any services (ie extra night hotel for early arrival, etc) you may want prior to the departure of the flight to Cusco. If you need some assistance or advice, please ask us!

INCLUDED DOMESTIC FLIGHT: Lima to Cusco
Departures approx. 0600- 10:00 a.m. (we will try to coordinate this with your intl arrival for the best possible connection)
Arrives approx one hour after take-off
(exact time subject to changing airline schedules)

Upon arrival in Cusco- You will be met by your trip host and staff and transferred to the hotel in Cusco where you will check in. We will then have a quick meet and greet with your trip host and guides while we taste a Coca leaf tea (traditional Peruvian drink).

After unwinding from the flight for a bit, we will begin the festivities with a special group lunch (offering traditional Peruvian cuisine), where you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers and athletes.  Later that afternoon, your local Cusco tour and trekking guide will meet you and take you on a sightseeing guided group tour of the historical center of Cusco, and also some fascinating Inca sites. This tour is specially programmed as an easy day, allowing you the opportunity to acclimate to the elevation of Cusco (approx. 11,200 feet above sea level).

Welcome Lunch Included.  Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Cusco-  Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4 star hotel in historic center of Cusco)

Day 2 SUN JULY 5: CUSCO- PISAC TOUR (B,D)
There will be an optional training run this morning led by your trip hosts. All paces welcome.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart around 09:00 a.m. for Pisac.  This guided group tour will take you through the Urubamba Valley to the colorful Indian Market of Pisac, where natives from the region of Cusco come to trade their products. We will then proceed to the magnificent archaeological site above this town from where you will witness amazing views of this valley.

Upon arrival in Pisac, we will have a guided tour of the ruins and then you may either walk for about 30-60 minutes down about 1200 vertical feet to the town of Pisac along an old Inca footpath or take the private transport from the ruins down to the town. In Pisac, you will have a couple of hours on your own to explore the famous Pisac market and to have lunch at one of the many local restaurants. Later in the afternoon, we will return to the hotel in Cusco, arriving around 5:30 p.m.

That evening, we will meet in the lobby at 7:15 p.m and take a short walk to a famous restaurant in Cusco for a special Peruvian group dinner and cultural show (included).  This will be a great chance to sample more Peruvian cuisine, experience music and culture from the Andes, and mingle with fellow travelers.

Lunch on own.  Dinner included. Overnight in Cusco-  Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4 star hotel in historic center of Cusco)

Day 3 MON JULY 6:  CUSCO-  WHITE WATER RAFTING (B,L)
There will be an optional morning running tour in Cusco to visit Sacsayhuaman (Temple of Lightning), located just above the city. All paces welcome.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart at 09:00 a.m. for a RIVER RAFTING EXCURSION AT CHUQUICAHUANA URUBAMBA RIVER: Always a favorite activity among our trip participants!

One of the most popular rafting sections during the season is the "Cusipata" section of the river on the Upper Urubamba. There are great class IIl rapids.

After a beautiful 1-½ hour drive, passing through small communities and impressive scenery, we will arrive to the “put in” at the shores of the Upper Urubamba River. Our professional rafting guides will give you a safety briefing and provide you with all the proper safety equipment for rafting. We will be floating for approximately 2- 2 ½ hours, running class II and III type rapids. Afterwards, we will arrive at the “take-out”, where a hot, home cooked lunch will be provided. Showers and a hot sauna will also be available. We will arrive back to Cusco around 6:00 p.m. This is a full day group tour!

INCLUDES:
- Transportation from hotel in Cusco to the “put-in” at the river
- All rafting equipment, such as helmet, life jacket, paddle, self bailing raft
- Spray jacket, wet suit
- Professional English speaking rafting guides
- Delicious lunch
- Transportation back from the river to your hotel

Please note: If for one reason or another you do not want to participate in the rafting, that's no problem at all. You will have a free day in Cusco!

Overnight in Cusco- Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4 star hotel in historic center of Cusco)

Day 4 TUE JULY 7:  CUSCO- RACE MEETING/AFTERNOON TOUR (B)
There will be another optional running tour in Cusco this morning followed by breakfast at the hotel. All paces welcome

9:00 AM MEETINGS: 1 FOR RUNNERS, 1 FOR SPECTATORS. These will be held for race packet distribution, to review the pre-race logistics for racers, and to give spectators finish line information and details.
1:00 PM 2.5 HOUR GUIDED GROUP TOUR:  We will visit Inca ruins outside the city; Sacsayhuaman (Temple of the Lightning), Qenqo (ceremonial place) and Tambomachay (Temple of the Water).

The rest of the day is free and at your leisure to relax, shop, explore more of Cusco, prepare and pack for the race, etc.

Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight in Cusco-  Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4 star hotel in historic center of Cusco)

Day 5 WED JULY 8:  OLLANTAYTAMBO TO LLACTAPATA (RUNNERS) or AGUAS CALIENTES (SPECTATORS) (B,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Ollyantaytambo, located at one end of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will then proceed on a guided group tour of the ruins and the town, which is commonly referred to as a modern day living Inca city due to the fact that some citizens inhabit original Inca houses over 500 years old.

After the tour you will have ample time to explore on your own, take lunch, and relax in Ollyantaytambo.   

After lunch/free time:

Racers: Transfer to Inca trail. We will proceed from the town of Ollyantaytambo with our private tourist bus to Km 82 (2,650 meters) where, after meeting the porters and collecting the gear, we will commence walking via the Urubamba Valley. When we pass through the Inca trail control checkpoint- you must have passports handy. From Km 82, proceed walking in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,680 meters). We will continue the easy hike near the Cusichaca River, admiring the Inca ruins at Llactapata. This is where we will have our campsite already set up by our staff, and a healthy dinner served to us on the eve of the race.  Overnight on Inca trail at campsite near Llactapata.

Spectators:
Afternoon free in Ollyantaytambo.  We will take a late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, where we will then transfer to the hotel with the rest of evening free at leisure.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hotel Inka Town (or similar)

Day 6 THUR JULY 9:  OFFICIAL 26.2 INCA TRAIL MARATHON AND 18 MILE INCATHON! (B)
Racers:  After a very early (pre-dawn) breakfast, all who are running our Inca Trail events will proceed to the start line located at the camp for one of the most spectacular South American running adventures. RACE!  The finish will be at Machu Picchu where you can then re-unite with your loved ones and friends. (For more detailed race information- Please see course overview and race details tabs)

Spectators:  Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Your trip host will coordinate this day with you on-site, and you will have the morning free (options include day hikes, shopping, thermal baths, coffee shops, etc), then you will proceed up to Machu Picchu to visit the ruins and see the racers running the Inca Trail right to the finish line.

*Please note: For everyone, the last bus down to Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu leaves at 5:30 PM. Machu Picchu closes at 5:30 p.m.

Post race- Runners in both events will have the opportunity to reunite with spectators, head down to Aguas Calientes whenever you are ready, change/refresh at the hotel, do some celebrating with the group, and relax in the evening.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hotel Inka Town (or similar).

Day 7 FRI JULY 10:  MACHU PICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES (B,D)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the morning bus up to Machu Picchu. Guided group tour.  For those willing to get up extra early, you can arrive in time to witness the sunrise over this majestic place. 

Any 2-day 26.2 finishers will eat a hardy breakfast at camp, complete their race, and arrive to Machu Picchu this morning accompanied by our staff. You will met by the rest of the group at the finish line in Machu Picchu celebrating your accomplishment!

For all, we will have a guided tour of the complex with our local guides (approx. 3 hours). Later, there will be several hours available to spend as you choose in this unique archaeological site, allowing ample opportunities to explore on your own. The rest of day will be free in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
Bus back to Aguas Calientes town included.

In the evening, all race participants (26.2 marathon and Incathon) and spectators can proceed to a special included group dinner in Aguas Calientes to celebrate! Results and awards will be presented at dinner (exact time TBA).

Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hotel Inka Town (or similar)

Day 8 SAT JULY 11:  AGUAS CALIENTES TO CUSCO (B)  

After breakfast at the hotel, we will all depart via a morning train to Ollyantaytambo. We will then take private transport to Cusco (pls note- almost all tourist class trains only run between Ollyantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, not all the way to Cusco). Afterwards, we will continue to Cusco and check back into the hotel.

Lunch on your own. Rest of day/evening at leisure for shopping, sightseeing, and relaxing. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Cusco- Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4 star hotel in historic center of Cusco)

Day 9 SUN JULY 12, 2015:  CUSCO TO LIMA (B)
Breakfast at hotel.  Morning transfer to Cusco airport. Fly back to Lima from Cusco.  

INCLUDED DOMESTIC FLIGHT: Cusco to Lima
Departures approx. 7:30-11:30 a.m. (we will try to coordinate this with your intl departure for the best possible connection)
Arrives approx one hour after departure
(exact time subject to changing airline schedules)

Please book your flight home from Lima for a departure after 12:30 p.m. to ensure you make your connection.

 
“End of tour”!

*If you are staying the night in Lima- There are a wide variety of nice and safe hotel options available for all budgets, we recommend the Marriott Hotel in Miraflores for a bit of pampering after the tour.

Please note-  All times for tours, transfers, daily arrival/departure times, etc. are approximate and subject to modification at the guide and/or host’s recommendations. Erik’s Adventures reserves the right to alter the itinerary if necessary due to safety concerns, circumstances outside its control (i.e. worker strikes, weather, government, etc.). During the portion of the trip on the Inca trail (including the race), which is controlled by the Peruvian government, we reserve the right to make changes if needed for passenger safety, changing or new government regulations, and other concerns.  Hotels mentioned are subject to availability. We may use hotels similar to the ones mentioned in the itinerary.


Course Info

The Official 26.2 Mile Inca Trail Marathon: Cusco, Peru:  The 2015 race is 7/09/2015

Our marathon is designed by experienced racers Myra and Erik Rasmussen especially for racers. It is professionally measured and supported with at least 4 aid stations.  We have first-aid available at various course points and measures in place to keep you safe. In addition, we offer you a well marked course, a goodie bag and finisher medals for all participants, as well cash prizes for top male and female winners. Erik's Adventures was the first to host an official, accurate, and fully supported 26.2 mile marathon race on The Inca Trail. Join our team of runners and race this one of a kind course to Machu Picchu!

This very demanding course takes the typical hiker 3.5 days and ascends multiple mountain passes, reaching a max elevation of 13,800 feet. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains, fascinating Inca ruins, thousands of feet of vertical change, steep ascents and descents, countless Inca steps, and a photo finish in front of Machu Picchu; one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

The Official 26.2 Inca Trail Marathon "A Marathon in Distance but an Ultra in Effort" Are you up to the challenge that the Inca Trail Marathon presents?

The 18 mile Incathon: Cusco, Peru: The 2015 race is 7/09/2015

We also offer a shorter race with all the full course benefits that will allow runners of all abilities to compete and run on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! The specially designed mini marathon course is is an abbreviated distance of the full course. The route offers, among other challenges, all the difficulties and amazing highlights associated with the last two thirds of the full 26.2 course (see elevation profile chart). Due to the shorter distance, the course allows our racers more time to reach Machu Picchu, making this race well suited for people with a bit less trail running experience.

This course is very difficult and is harder than most mountainous trail races in other places that are full marathon distance in length. Are you up to the challenge that the Incathon presents?


Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon Elevation Profile

Eriks Adventures Official Inca Trail Marathon Elevation profile


To view photos from prior events, please visit our Facebook Page our Flickr gallery Official 26.2 race and Flickr gallery tour


Classic Inca Trail from KM 82 to Machu Picchu (in red) with important sights and camps along the wayinternational running tour peru classic inca trail marathon race course map

                            DISTANCE  _______  1 MILE (1.61 KM)  
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History of the the Original 26.2 mi Race and running on the Inca Trail:

After many years of operating adventure tours in Peru and on the Inca Trail, Erik's Adventures decided to organize a professional, supported, standard marathon distance length race. Erik's Adventures Inca Trail Marathon in 2012 was the first official 26.2-mile race on the Inca trail.

The course for this race has been professionally measured to 26.2 miles. It is longer than the one way distance of the Inca Trail from KM 82 to to Machu Picchu. In years prior to 2012-  Inca Trail runners have successfully completed challenging runs on varied distances, most commonly from KM 82 to Machu Picchu (less than 26 miles), or from any one of the organized Inca Trail camps directly to Machu Picchu (much less than 26 miles).

Times for these distances have ranged from the fastest recorded time of a little under 4 hours from KM 82 to Machu Picchu by an Inca Trail Porter to the fastest time to date for our original 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon course- 7:12:05 by our winner in 2014, Patrick Wallace.

Whatever the distance run or the time achieved, the Inca Trail offers runners a once in a lifetime experience.  With Erik's Adventures race events, you too can add your name to this elite list of Inca Trail runners!


Official 26.2 Mile Inca Trail Marathon Course Description 26.2 miles (42.2 km)

Elevations here listed in meters. 1 meter = 3.3 feet. Elevation shown in feet on profile graph above.

Start of race (Llactapata: 2,585m) to Wayllabamba (Aid station: 2,965m)
The 26.2 mile Inca trail run begins from the start line near the Llactapata Inca ruins at 5:00 am.  The first portion of the race features some pretty runnable smaller ups and downs, followed by a steady ascent for a couple of miles, passing by the river again at the aid station at Wayllabamba.

The 18 mile Incathon starts near the Llactapata ruins at the same time and place as the 26.2 race. It takes a more direct route to Wayllabamba and is the same course description below as the 26.2 course from Wayllabamba onward.

Wayllabamba (2,965m) to Warmiwanusqa pass (4,200m)
From our aid station in Wayllabamba area, runners on the Inca trail begin a very steep climb all the way to Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass). This change of altitude means that racers running the Inca trail will pass through three separate ecological zones during the day: Quechua, Yunga and Puna (from valleys with trees, through high pastures, to arid grassless areas short of the snow line). The tough and steep ascent of roughly 1,250 meters to the first pass from Wayllabamba showcases magnificent views and challenges all experience levels of trail running.

**This section will take you a very long time compared to paces during the first part of the race (often hours, and for the 26.2 mile participants- perhaps longer than the first 11 miles of the race.)

Warmiwanusqa (4,200m) to Pacamayo (Aid station 3,590m)
Descending rapidly from this superb vantage point, Inca Trail runners will pass scenic waterfalls before arriving at Pacamayo, the next aid station.

**Very steep descent that is very difficult to run down fast. Please be careful!

Pacamayo (3,590m) to Runkuracay Pass (3,960m)
From Pacamayo, climb again to the 2nd pass of Runkuracay to see an ancient Inca watchtower.

**Another climb up mostly stairs, very steep grade.

Runkuracay (3,960m) to Sayaqmarca (3,525m)
The descent from Runkuracay includes passing by the Inca ruins at Sayaqmarca (a small maze-like ruin built above a sheer cliff).

** Another steep descent with a mix of stone stairs and irregular stone trail.

Sayaqmarca (3,525m) to Phuyupatamarca (Aid station  3,665m)
Passing through a rock tunnel on a relatively flat section of the trail, racers will reach another aid station at Phuyupatamarca (city above the clouds) which contains a beautiful set of linked stone baths still supplied by mountain streams.  From here, racers should see Mt. Salkantay (6271 meters), a very sacred peak to the Incas.

** A much more moderate climb compared to the first two passes, featuring a more rolling profile on mostly irregular stone trail and somewhat easier to go faster in this part than previous sections.

Phuyupatamarca (3,665m) to Winay Wayna (Aid station  2,625m)
The descent down from Phuyupatamarca to Winay Wanya is a nearly continuous set of steep Inca steps (over 2,300), passing through the cloud forest and ending at the impressive ruins of Winay Wayna, (the final checkpoint).

**Very steep descent mostly irregular stone stairs, and not really very runnable except for people with great footing and lots of trail experience (it can be amazing to watch some of the porters working on the Inca trail run down this with heavy gear). Can also be very slippery here. Please be careful!

Winay Wayna (2,625m) to Intipunku (Sun-Gate: 2,705m)
The next portion of the course is flatter with occasional rolling terrain through tropical vegetation.  The final ascent to Intipunku (the Sun-Gate) includes one set of very steep steps and is where Inca Trail runners will catch their first glimpses of Machu Picchu (2,400 meters) below.  

Intipunku (2,705m) to Machu Picchu (Finish area: 2,400m)
After taking in this memorable view, the trail descends about a mile to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu for a once in a lifetime race finish near the watchtower.  This landmark presides over Machu Picchu and offers the famous postcard view of the Inca city that will serve as the backdrop for your Inca Trail marathon finish.

international running tour peru trail marathon course map

Race Details

Peru Running Tour: Inca Trail Marathon Race Details:

Our marathon is designed by experienced racers for racers. It is professionally measured and supported with at least 4 aid stations.  We have first-aid available at various course points and measures in place to keep you safe. In addition, we offer you a well marked course, a goodie bag and finisher medals for all participants, as well cash prizes for top male and female winners. In 2012, Erik's Adventures was the first to host an official, accurate, and fully supported 26.2 mile marathon race on The Inca Trail. Join our team of runners and race this one of a kind course to Machu Picchu!

Race times:
The 2015 races are set for 7/09/2015 at 5:00 AM. This start time maximizes the time you have to complete the race while minimizing the amount of time you must run before it is light out to better enjoy the amazing scenery.

To complete the race at Machu Picchu in one day and get down to town before bus services end, you must finish by 5:15 p.m.

Cutoff: To insure you finish at Machu Picchu by 5:15 p.m., there will be a mandatory cutoff at Winay Wayna (23 mi/37km): our last aid station and mandatory control checkpoint). Runners will not be able to continue onto Machu Picchu if they arrive at Winay Wayna after 3:30 p.m. **This is a regulation imposed by the government entity that administers and controls the Inca Trail and is subject to change. Machu Picchu does not allow entry past 5:15 p.m., nor are there anymore buses down to Aguas Calientes after 5:30 pm.

Will you finish at Machu Picchu in one day?: We think so! Our staff will be out there to support, but it depends on you.

Things that will help you: If you are a good endurance athlete, a strong and/or experienced runner, avid marathoner, someone with good trail running knowledge, experience running ultras, other long course (ie Iron distance tri) background, a strong mountain hiking background. Having some of these traits will be helpful.  In addition-  If you train hard, safe and smart for this event, considering some of our training suggestions, then we feel you will accomplish this feat! The willingness to try it is the first step to the finish.

If you don’t make cutoff:  We believe one of the main highlights of the Inca Trail Marathon is to finish right at Machu Picchu for that once in a lifetime spectacular photo finish, so if you arrive to Winay Wayna after 3:30 pm, you will spend the evening comfortably at our specially staffed campground. The next day you will finish the remainder of the course ending at Machu Picchu and be welcomed by our spectators and other runners who will be celebrating your accomplishment!  Afterwards, everyone will be together for our guided group tours of Machu Picchu.

Do not despair for even a moment, because if the official 26.2 mile course was easy, we would not need a cutoff and everyone would be doing it! You have stepped up to try something very challenging and you will finish your race successfully right at Machu Picchu the next morning!

During your stay, you will have access to some of your personal items (pre-packed by you in a provided drop bag and brought to the checkpoint by our staff- see below for suggested gear). You will have tented accommodation with a sleeping bag, and meals. 

Any 2-day finishers score an official finish and receive all the same recognition (finisher medals, celebration awards dinner, etc) our 1-day finishers do.

Inca Trail conditions:
While Inca trail conditions are generally good, it is a hard trail. Many steep trail sections require very careful footing. The trail is mostly Inca paved stone (irregular stones of all shapes, sizes, textures laid out in a 4-6 foot wide path). There are also some dirt sections and places where the trail surface is uneven and rocky. You will encounter steep stone steps and narrow passes with steep drop-offs to one side. The Inca trail is generally at least 4 feet wide. Conditions become slippery with rain and moisture, especially on the descents in the cloud forest, so please use caution.

The Inca Trail cannot be closed to other hikers, so you will encounter other hikers (and porters) while running on the Inca trail. It is easy to get around other runners and hikers, as there is ample width on the trail. Please be courteous and clearly announce that you are passing them, allowing them enough time to clear the path. You are unlikely to encounter any hikers on the first and last legs of the race due to the time of day.

Weather: Although you should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions (i.e. wind, rain, heat, cold, fog, snow, hail, possible rapid changing conditions in the mountains), the typical weather conditions for July on the Inca Trail range from 80°F for the high and 32°F degrees for the low.  Average rainfall is only about 3 days/month.  Temperatures vary substantially with elevation changes.  For example, at Dead Woman’s Pass, you can expect approx. 40°F temperatures, while at Winay Wayna; you can expect daytime temperatures to reach approx. 75-80°F. Please plan accordingly and be properly prepared for any type of weather!

Aid stations:
A total of at least 4 aid stations will be available for the race.  Purified water, and some snack foods such as dried fruit, mixed nuts, pretzels, small avocado and chicken sandwiches, cookies, chocolates, coca, etc will be provided at these checkpoints. You must pack your own nutrition and carry it with you the whole time if you want anything different than these types of items.

*Please note: Due to the distance (in some cases a couple of hours depending on your pace) between aid stations, you will be required to carry your own fluids and nutrition, and some emergency gear (i.e. in a day-pack) for your personal safety.  You will have the opportunity to refill water/fluids at aid stations as needed.

*Aid station locations can be moved at the race director's discretion depending on race/trail conditions.

First aid will be available at all aid stations.  English and Spanish speaking staff will be available with long range radio communication and satellite phones for emergencies.

Upon arrival at the aid stations, your bib number and in some cases your arrival/departure time will be recorded. We will provide you race splits from key points on the course.

Winay Wayna will serve as the campsite for those that do not make the cutoff of 3:30 p.m.  A personal drop bag will be available for the overnight stay (see below for suggested gear).

Other Inca Trail Running and Race Information:

It is not possible to participate in the races without camping out the night before near to the start line

Start line: Participants will seed themselves according to projected finish times.

Official times will be recorded to gun time

Your bib number will recorded upon your arrival at the aid stations. Splits provided!

All Inca Trail runners will be required to wear a numbered bib at all times.

Packet pickup/goodie bag and a mandatory pre-race meeting will take place 2 days before the race.

You will be given a drop bag to pack

One of the most scenic South American Marathons! Any photos we get of you during the race will be available to all free of charge.

It is not permitted to litter while running the Inca Trail. Please keep the trail clean and throw garbage away at aid stations.


Race gear:
We will be having a mandatory gear check before the race with some required gear to be carried with you for your safety. More details to be provided prior to travel.

(The following items are some of the gear you will want/be required to have- this list is not all-inclusive)

Due to the varied elevations and temperature changes you will experience, while running on the Inca Trail,  we suggest planning your running wardrobe accordingly.  Drop bags will be made available at Winay Wayna if you do not make the cutoff.

Your Original Passport/Daypack on trail with hydration bladder
Hat/Gloves
Long sleeve/Windbreaker/Change of shirt/Rain poncho
Sunglasses/Sun-block
Personal First Aid/ LED headlamp for emergency/running-walking at night
Personal Energy foods/fluids/Money for food or drink vendors and restrooms at Machu Picchu

Winay Wayna drop bag (you pre-pack this and it is placed by us at the cut-off point):
Change of Clothes/Shoes (overnight temperatures average 45-50°F)
Personal Toiletries (rest rooms on-site)
Sandals
Money
Clothing for next day hike into Machu Picchu

*Please note: Bus transportation to the hotel in Aguas Calientes will be available post race until 5:30 p.m.  Must walk down to town post 5:30 p.m. (average 2+ hour walk).


History of the the Original 26.2 mi Race and running on the Inca Trail:

After many years of operating adventure tours in Peru and on the Inca Trail, Erik's Adventures decided to organize a professional, supported, standard marathon distance length race. Erik's Adventures Inca Trail Marathon in 2012 was the first official 26.2-mile race on the trail.

The course for this race has been professionally measured to 26.2 miles. It is longer than the one way distance of the Inca Trail from KM 82 to to Machu Picchu. In years prior to 2012-  Inca Trail runners have successfully completed challenging runs on varied distances, most commonly from KM 82 to Machu Picchu (less than 26 miles), or from any one of the organized Inca Trail camps directly to Machu Picchu (much less than 26 miles).

Times for these distances have ranged from the fastest recorded time of a little under 4 hours from KM 82 to Machu Picchu by an Inca Trail Porter to the fastest time to date for our original 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon course- 7:12:05 by our winner in 2014, Patrick Wallace.

Whatever the distance run or the time achieved, the Inca Trail offers runners a once in a lifetime experience.  With Erik's Adventures race events, you too can add your name to this elite list of Inca Trail runners!

Price/Included


Current 2015 Prices: $2289 per person sharing a room (same price for both runners and spectators)

Single room supplement: For runners and spectators, please add $499 for a single room throughout the trip (for runners this will also include a single tent for the camping night before the race).

INCLUDED IN THIS RUNNING VACATION: Inca Trail Runners


-Domestic flights within Peru (Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Lima)
-Airport transfers: on arrival and departure to Cusco
-05 nights 4-star hotel in Cusco, 2 nights in Aguas Calientes, 1 night camping on Inca Trail
-Hotels include: Buffet breakfast (with beverages: coffee, tea, and fresh juices)
-All hotel taxes
-Camping equipment is provided: two-person tent, tent for toilet, tent for kitchen, dining tents, cooking gear, pre-race meals (diinner and breakfast), First Aid Kits, 2-way long range radios, Satellite phone (for emergency only)
-Extra Luggage storage in Cusco hotel
-Professional English-speaking local tour guides while on all the tours
-Private transport on all tours
-City tours in Cusco and nearby sites
-Sacred Valley Tour – Pisac
-Adventure sport activity (rafting) on day 3
-Sacred Valley Tour- Ollyantaytambo
-Entry tickets into Machu Picchu for 2 days with guided tour on second day
-Tourist Train/Bus return from Aguas Calientes / Ollant./Cusco-seats reserved.
-RT Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
-Meals and special dinners as indicated in the itinerary (B,L,D)
-Inca Trail Permits
-Inca Trail Marathon/Mini Marathon- supported course, Race goodie bag, tech shirt, medal
-Entry fees to all historical sites/national parks/etc visited as part of the scheduled tours
-US based hosts for entire trip

INCLUDED IN THIS RUNNING VACATION: Spectators

-Domestic flights within Peru (Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Lima)
-Airport transfers: on arrival and departure to Cusco
-05 nights 4-star hotel Cusco, 3 nights Aguas Calientes
-Hotels include: Buffet breakfast (with beverages: coffee, tea, and fresh juices)
-All hotel taxes
-Extra Luggage storage in Cusco hotel
-Professional English-speaking local tour guides while on all the tours
-Private transport on all tours
-City tours in Cusco and nearby sites
-Sacred Valley Tour – Pisac
-Adventure sport activity (rafting) on day 3
-Sacred Valley Tour- Ollyantaytambo
-Entry tickets into Machu Picchu for 2 days with guided tour on second day
-Tourist Train from Ollyantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
-Tourist Train/Bus return from Aguas Calientes / Ollant./Cusco-seats reserved.
-2 Round Trip Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
-Meals and special dinners as indicated in the itinerary (B,L,D)
-Entry fees to all historical sites/national parks/etc visited as part of the scheduled tours
-US Based Hosts for entire trip

RUNNING VACATION DOES NOT INCLUDE: All guests

-Tips and Gratuities
-Extra personal expenses
-Meals not mentioned on the program.
-All Extra drinks during included lunches and dinners and otherwise (alcohol drinks, sodas, bottled water, etc)
-FOR RUNNERS- Sleeping bag rental $ 30.00 (or you may bring your own)

Register

2015 is open for all registrations!

To sign up for the 2015 edition of our South America Trail Marathon : Please download the following forms and read them carefully. Then you can follow the instructions on the forms to fill them out completely, sign and date each one, mail them into our office, and make a payment by major credit card or check. For faster processing- You may scan in the completed forms and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Peru Inca Trail Marathon Running Vacation & Race Registration Form

Inca Trail Marathon Peru Running Tour- Terms and Conditions

*Only the completed and signed forms plus a completed payment of the deposit of $500 USD (or a full payment), confirms your space on the trip and in the race.

**Please familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions form (above) for our cancellation, refund, and final payment policies for this trip.

You must sign up early! Important information about limited Inca Trail space:

  • Please sign up early to get a spot in the race.
  • The space for the Inca Trail sold out in Feb for our July, 2014 event.
  • Expect the 2015 Inca Trail space to sell out at least 5 and maybe 6 or more months in advance.

Entry onto the Inca trail is regulated by the government of Peru and has a strict quota of 500 people per day (which includes staff, porters, and guides). The spaces on the trail sell out several (sometimes 5 or more) months in advance and always sell out during the summer.

Entries for the Inca trail are accepted on a first come first serve basis with a deposit and submission of passenger information and passport number to the government of Peru. Spaces on the Inca Trail cannot be reserved ahead of time without a deposit and cannot be canceled or transferred to another person for any reason whatsoever. They do not open a new space for another person if someone signed up is unable to go. This is is the policy of the government agency that regulates the Inca trail and applies to all tourists on the the trail.

Please note: Inca Trail Runners- If you need to renew your passport to participate on this trip, please do so before you sign up and submit your passport information to us. Once your space on The Inca Trail is booked with the government organization that controls running on The Inca Trail, there are NO changes allowed to the submitted information. You will not get through the control checkpoint at the start of The Inca Trail unless the information you submit to sign up for the race is identical to the information on your passport at the time of the race

Questions: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us at (312) 925 0287
 

Photos


2014 inca trail marathon participants at machu picchu- eriks adventures

2013 Eriks Adventures Inca Trail Marathon, some runners at finish line Machu Picchu

More 2013 Erik's Adventures 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon photos

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Finishers of Official 26.2 mile marathon on Inca Trail by Eriks Adventures, July 2012
for more great photos from the race and the tour, please visit our Facebook Page
and our Flickr gallery Official 26.2 race and Flickr gallery Tour

"Below: various points along the Classic Inca Trail from KM82 to Machu Picchu"

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Results

*please scroll down for prior years results

2014:

Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon and Incathon Results. Congratulations on a fantastic 2014 trip and races. All runners did a great job and everyone finished at Machu Picchu. In addition, new male and female course records were set by Patrick Wallace with a 07:12:05 and Katja Groninger with a 09:16:29! Special thanks to our great group of spectators for all your support!


Also posted on Online Race Results- Official 26.2 mile Marathon and Incathon 2014 Results

2013:

We wanted to say Congratulations to every one of our participants, since you all completed one of our races on Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Great job everyone! In addition, we wanted to recognize all our great spectators this year- Your attendance on the trip meant a lot to our staff and your support of the racers was wonderful. Thanks so much!

official 2013 inca trail marathon results

Also posted on Online Race Results. 2013 Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon


2012:

Final Results for the 7/5/12 Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon Race hosted by Erik's Adventures.
We wanted to say Congratulations to every one of our participants, since you ALL completed the 1st ever 26.2 mile/42.2 km race on Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Great job everyone!

Also posted on Online Race Results. 2012 Official 26.2 mile Inca Trail Marathon