Ultra Marathon Race Categories

Solo race
Solo race

The solo ultra category is the normal race type. Most ultras have a solo category where one runner must complete the entire race from beginning to end.
See races in the Solo race category.

Relay/Team Race
Relay/Team Race

The team/relay category of ultra marathons is where a team or runners either complete the entire race or run the race in relays. Relay ultra marathons are very common and are a great way to experience the type of terrain a race has without having to run the entire race yourself.
See races in the Relay/Team Race category.

Night Race
Night Race

Potential to be running at night is exactly that. Unless you are at the front of the pack you will likely be running in the dark, if not the entire night. Typically a head lamp with spare bulb and batteries is required equipment for these races.
See races in the Night Race category.

River Crossing
River Crossing

River crossing is when the races is expected to cross a river without assistance (boat). A lot of races in this category will have multiple river crossings. Your feet are going to get wet so be prepared.
See races in the River Crossing category.

Multi-Day Race
Multi-Day Race

Multi day races are Ultras that take place over several days where you are expected to stop overnight. They usually have a checkpoint where you would spend the night before setting off the next day. These do not include ultras where you run through the night.
See races in the Multi-Day Race category.

Heat
Heat

Weather is an important consideration when preparing for an ultra marathon. You should be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you. Ultras that have a potential for hot weather are races that traditionally have had hot weather therefore have a high probability for future hot running.
See races in the Heat category.

Snow
Snow

Weather is an important consideration when preparing for an ultra marathon. You should be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you. Ultras that have a potential for cold and snow are races where either because of location (mountains), or time of year, cold and snow are expected.
See races in the Snow category.

Mountain Race
Mountain Race

Mountain ultras take place in mountainous regions. These races need special consideration. regardless of what the weather are at the beginning of the race you need to be prepared for heat, cold, rain and snow. You will also likely be in very remote locations so you will need to be completely self sufficient.
See races in the Mountain Race category.

Green Race
Green Race

Eco friendly ultras are races where special consideration has been taken to reduce the impact on the environment by the race.
See races in the Green Race category.

Timed race
Timed race

A timed ultra is a race where the participants run for a specified period of time and see haw far they can go in that time. The winner is the runner who ran the farthest.
See races in the Timed race category.