Sea-to-Sky 130km extreme

The ultra will start at 00.01 on Saturday November 20 on the beach at Alaminos in southern Cyprus.

 

From Alaminos, the course heads across hills, through valleys, over the peaks and up to the highest point of the Troodos mountain range, before dropping down to finish at the Jubilee Hotel next to Troodos square.
 

Runners have a maximum time of 32 hours to complete the entire distance.

The route follows trails, tracks, and ancient pilgrimage paths. The course is an exciting tour of rural Cyprus, taking in wheat fields, vineyards, olive groves, orchards, river courses, tracks alongside dams, a pilgrimage site, historical UNESCO buildings, forests, mountain pathways, goat tracks, and picturesque mountain villages. 

Entry fee: 120 euros
Max no of runners: 50

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There will be 8 feeding stations along the way as well as numerous water points

The feeding stations

1. Skarinou -- 13km from start

Stocked with water, Coke, bananas.

2. Lefkara Reservoir -- 29km from start

Stocked with water, Coke, oranges, bananas, electrolytes, energy bars, Theopisti nut butter.

3. Kionia Picnic Area -- 49km from start

Stocked with water, Coke, oranges, bananas, electrolytes, energy bars, Theopisti nut butter.

4. Gourri Village -- 61km from start

A DIY station situated at the Rebecca restaurant stocked with water, Coke, bananas.

5. THEOPISTI NUT BUTTER Station, Palaichori Primary School -- 77km from start

Stocked with water, Coke, oranges, bananas, electrolytes, energy bars. boiled potatoes, soup, bread, Theopisti nut butter, tea, coffee.

There will be power points for charging devices at this station, plus sleeping areas for napping. Cut-off: runners must leave this checkpoint by 5pm!

6. At Agios Ioannis, about 90km from the start

DIY station stocked with water, Coke, bananas, oranges

7.GET OUT Adventure Mountain Park Station-- 107 km from start

Stocked with water, Coke, oranges, bananas, electrolytes, energy bars. boiled potatoes, soup, bread, Theopisti nut butter, tea, coffee.

There will be power points for charging devices at this station, plus sleeping areas for napping.

Cut-off: Runners must leave this checkpoint by 1am on Sunday, Nov 22.

 

8. Mnimata Piskipon Trailhead -- 117 km from start

DIY station stocked with water, Coke, bananas, oranges.

9. Troodos Ski Lift -- 122 km from start

Stocked with water, Coke, oranges, bananas, crisps, electrolytes, Theopisti nut butter

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Extra water points

In addition to the feeding stations listed alongside here, there are a number of water fountains/points along the route which offer clear and cool drinking water.

They are as follows:

  • At Vrisi tou Petri, about 38km from the start (pictured above)

  • At Lazanias, about 57km from the start (next to yellow post office box))

  • At Theopisti house (Stephanos and Eliza Fattas), about 69km from the start.

  • At Agros, about 95km from the start

  • At Platania picnic area, about 111km from the start

Track your
Runner With

For the first time in Cyprus, runners participating in an endurance event will be tracked live as they wend their way through the mountains.  
Our grateful thanks to Icepower Cyprus for their sponsorship that has made this exciting addition to the race possible.

Family, friends, and in fact everyone can track the Extreme runners during the race through this link:

Important information

1. Runners entering the 130km Extreme race must submit to the organisers proof of having completed a trail ultra marathon within the time limit set by that race, or evidence of an independent (non-race) trail run in which they showed self-sufficiency and endurance. Payment should only be made after organisers verify this information and approve your entry.

2. All transport arrangements are ultimately the runner's responsibility, including getting to the start and from the finish. However, we will organise a bus from the Jubilee hotel (the finish line) to Enalia in Pervolia on Friday evening in time for bib collection and then on to the start line at Alaminos beach. Bus fare will depend on how many runners would like to make use of the service.

3.There is a 32-hour time limit to earn the 5 ITRA/UTMB points awarded for this race, meaning you should finish by 8 am on Sunday, November 21. 

4. Bib collection will be on Friday, Nov 19. See details here:

 

5. Arrangements will be made to get small drop bags to the checkpoints at Palaichori (78km) and Adventure Mountain Park (105km) and small tog bags to the finish line -- no huge suitcases, rucksacks, or bulky bags please. Drop bags will only be taken to the finish line when the CP closes so please do not leave anything in a drop bag which you will need immediate access to when you cross the line – especially faster runners who are likely to finish long before their drop bags finish!

6. All Cyprus Trail Runners events are cupless. Runners must carry their own cups/water bottles/receptacles for use at feeding stations.

7. Bib numbers must be displayed on the front of a runner's shirt so they are clearly visible to race officials.

7. Anyone found littering along the route will be immediately disqualified. If you can carry a full gel packet or drinks bottle with you, you can carry an empty one.

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The UTMB and ITRA have both awarded 5 points for this race.

It is also listed as a qualifier for the UTMB's 100 miler World Series challenge

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Race markings

Runners must follow the prescribed route using the GPX file, map and route description. 

The course will be minimally marked out, with markings only at key intersections and tricky points to assist runners.

However, these will not be sufficient to enable runners to follow the entire route, so some self-navigation using the GPX track will be necessary.

However, because runners will be exhausted and some (Extreme) runners most likely still going through Saturday night, we will add extra markings to guide them for the final 25km of the race.

 

Runners will also be provided with a course description with tips for following the route. The official race course markings will be blue arrows and dots, with a white S on them (pictured left).

 

For some sections, runners will be following the E4 markings (pictured left)

 

Laminated blue and white race arrows with reflective markings will also be added to important intersections which runners are likely to be doing in the dark (pictured left)

 

There will be no race markings on public hiking trails.

 

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Equipment lists

The Sea-To-Sky Extreme race will demand a high level of self-sufficiency from runners. They will have to cover long distances between aid stations, and self-navigate, sometimes in the dark, so they need to be well-prepared with equipment suitable for anything that could happen during the race (bad weather, getting lost, getting injured).

You are all adults and experienced trail runners. You have done this before so you know what you need, but we have listed what we think is the minimum you should carry with you to complete this tough race safely. Please don’t cut something important just to save a little weight!

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RECOMMENDED

  • Basic medical kit

  • Additional food/gels/electrolytes

  • Gloves

  • Hat/Headwear

  • Reflective band/strip. (Parts of the route will have runners on a linking section of tarmac road)

  • Poles are allowed for all races.

 

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COMPULSORY:
 

  • Hydration pack/water bottles with capacity to carry 1,5l of water

  • Cup/bottle for other drinks (we are a cupless race)

  • Good headlamp

  • Long-sleeve top

  • Long tights.

  • Survival blanket/bivvy bag

  • Whistle

  • Working, charged cellphone

  • GPS navigation device (watch, phone)

  • Spare batteries/battery packs/chargers

  • Waterproof jacket with hood.

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Prizes

&

Surprises

The overall winner and

first woman home in the

Extreme race will receive

free entry to the 2022

Ultravasan 90, Sweden’s

largest ultramarathon.

 

 

Entrants to all races will receive a specially-designed Sea-to-Sky race Buff® headwear.

 

There will be medals for all finishers, 

 

Sea-To-Sky Extreme finishers will also receive a special finisher's long-sleeve T-shirt.

 

During their journey from Alaminos to Troodos, runners will be passing through many beautiful mountain villages where local people make and create their own traditional crafts, food and drinks.

 

We aim to celebrate the culture of these villages of Cyprus by awarding prizes of local products to the winners of the various races.

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