The 3rd Patagonian International Marathon: Running Alongside Glaciers
The third Patagonian International Marathon places on 27 September 2014 in the unpaved roads of Torres del Paine National Park, a designated World Biosphere Reserve since 1978 in Chilean Patagonia featuring race distances from the ultra-marathon (63km), marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and 10km.
From The Creators Of "The World's Last Wild Race"
Organized by Nomadas International Group, S.A. (NIGSA), the founder and creator of a sporting challenge declared to be "the world's last wild race" by BBC known as the Patagonian Expedition Race, the third Patagonian International Marathon will follow a route that is immersed in a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains, glacier-fed lakes and unique wildlife of the area.
The race has had world-renowned runners in their first 2 races such as Omar Aguilar, the legendary Chilean athlete who completed the Rotterdam marathon in just 2 hours 12 minutes 19 seconds; and Stefaan Engles, the famed Belgian athlete known as the Marathon Man after completing 365 marathons in 1 year.
A Tree Donation For Every Race Entry
With the first and second Patagonian International Marathon accommodating 356 and 657 runners coming from Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America respectively, the third edition aims to attract more runners as well as attention to the marvellous backdrop of 2,500 meters of mountains of granite and ice, multi-coloured lakes and abundant wildlife of the area. The marathon aims to draw attention to the conservation and the promotion of its sustainable development.
Aiding Corre y Reforesta, a campaign that aims to aid in the reforestation of the National Park from a fire that destroyed almost a quarter of its native forest 3 years ago, each race entry includes a tree donation to the campaign.
Runners From All Over The World
Stjepan Pavicic, the founder and director of the Patagonian International Marathon, adds,
"With the Patagonian International Marathon, we want to continue the tradition of creating phenomenal experiences for runners - both veterans and beginners – as well as bringing sports closer to nature. On the other hand, we are helping in the reforestation of the park and promoting the importance of protecting these places. Lastly, we are promoting the stunning natural gems of Patagonian Chile."
For the third edition, runners from 22 countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA, Uruguay, UK, and Venezuela have already signed up just a month after the registration opened.
Registrations for the Patagonian International Marathon are still open. The event takes place on 27 September 2014 in Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia.
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