The 2019 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail (MIUT) takes place on the Portuguese island of Madeira, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 600 kilometers (370 miles) off the coast of Morocco. The course is 115 kilometers (71.5 miles) long, has 7,200 meters (23,600 feet) of climbing, and transects the island from roughly west to east. In that distance, runners will find remote and technical singletrack, flat paths next to irrigation canals called levadas, some of the steepest paved roads out there, and everything in between all that–what amounts to a terrifically diverse course.
MIUT begins at midnight on Saturday, April 27 West European Summer Time (or 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26 U.S. Mountain Daylight Time).
The course records are 13:05:44 for the men (François D’Haene, 2017) and 15:00:55 for the women (Caroline Chaverot, 2016).
MIUT is the seventh race of this year’s Ultra-Trail World Tour, and is a ‘series’-level race.
We’ll be livecasting the event on iRunFar’s Twitter feed. We’ve also gathered various news sources together in Twitter feed below. Have fun following the race either way!
Here are a couple resources to help you follow and learn about the race:
- iRunFar’s in-depth preview;
- iRunFar’s pre-race interviews with Courtney Dauwalter, François D’haene, Mimmi Kotka, Andris Ronimoiss, Katie Schide, and Tim Tollefson;
- The race website, with course information including a map, profile, aid stations, expected times for the leaders, and more;
- The race organization’s live timing, live GPS tracking, live video streams from the course and finish line, and MIUTBOT (the last allows you to receive messages on the progress of your selected runners); and
- iRunFar’s feature article about Madeira Island as a trail running destination.
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