The Ultra almost always features formidable elevation gain, darkness, extreme weather, and unexpected challenges. Ultra events are a great place to meet equally crazy people. Each year, a 24hr Ultra World Championship sorts out the world’s best.
Swag for the Ultra is collectible and coveted worldwide. Every finisher receives a belt buckle custom made for the race, and an Ultra wedge that can form a special Trifecta. The Ultra finisher t-shirt is one that only a select few get to wear.
It may seem impossible at first, but if you made it this far down the page, with your determination and the right prep you can probably finish an Ultra. For starters, check out Spartan’s curated training plans for Ultra newbies. Once you’ve completed a few Ultras successfully, like any other sport your focus should switch to improving upon your previous efforts.
Gear needs vary with terrain, weather, and if you’re in the mountains. Regardless, you’ll need more gear for the Ultra given the sheer distance. Most Ultra racers rely on a halfway-point drop bin. Consider waterproof layers, spare footwear and socks, sun protection, a hydration pack or vest, nutrition, a headlamp, a small medical kit, and other long haul items.