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No. 9: The Jungle Marathon, Brazil, October 1, 2015 

The first question is usually “Is it really in the Jungle?” The answer is “Yes, it is!” The Jungle Marathon is actually held in the wilds of the Amazon in Brazil every October and has gained a reputation amongst adventure marathoners as one of the toughest events on the world calendar.

When you’re out in the jungle you need all your faculties as your body and your mind click into survival mode. Some of the factors you need to take into account before entering this race are: • Can you cope with temperatures of 40C?
• Humidity of 99%
• Primary jungle without a chink of daylight?
• Swamp crossings where anacondas lurk?
• River crossings with caiman (crocs in our country) and piranhas as companions?
• Insane elevation and slippery, muddy slopes?
• Sleeping in deep jungle to the sounds of jaguar and howler monkeys?

So why, I hear you ask, do runners flock to such races? Adventure marathoning is a much sought after pastime and the epidemic has spread worldwide as runners seek out the next adrenalin rush. These events offer something different, something other than pounding the city streets and an adventure that you are unlikely to get any other way. And possibly it’s about the bragging rights!

With the Jungle Marathon you can choose your level of pain, starting from a mild 42km marathon, a moderate 122km or the tough 254km. Once you’ve made your choice you are on the path to one of the most extraordinary parts of the world where you will see first-hand the wonders of nature and also have interaction with the locals.

In and Around

Santarem, the launching point for the Jungle Marathon (although your boat transfer departs from Alter do Chao) lies at the confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Tapajos.
Following the marathon, you can explore the local region – maybe take a boat ride to Belem and Manaus or explore the Floresta Nacional (FLONA) do Tapajos. Trips from Santarem open up a little know part of the world, very different from those around Belem and Manaus, where the river journeys along the Amazon typically begin.

Running the Jungle Marathon also opens up possibilities to explore more of Brazil, or even more widely, explore more of South America. Depending on your travel plans, you might also consider a stopover in:
• Rio de Janeiro, a city known for its dramatic landscape, Christ the Redeemer statue and Carnivale. It also home to the favelas (slums) where you can do a tour, endless beaches and sunshine, lively bars and cafes and rainforests. Rio is most definitely one of the most exhilarating cities in the world
• Santiago (Chile) where you can visit the peak at Cerro San Cristobal for endless views over the city, the upmarket Bellavista district and enjoy the culture, food, cocktails such as the famous Pisco Sour!

Getting There

LAN/TAM Airlines have flights six days a week (not Mondays) from Sydney to Santiago, via Auckland, with connections through to Santarem.

How to Enter

RunFun Travel is the Official Partner for Australia or runners can enter directly by going to the Jungle Marathon website. Click here: Entry is inclusive of overnight boat transfers, jungle training, acclimatisation runs, nightly campsite, ground assistance, technical support, medical assistance, finish lunch, accommodation for one night after the race, dinner and awards party, medal and T-shirt. Runners must supply their own food (mostly dehydrated), hammock, medical kit and other supplies.

The 20% discount offer

RunFun travel are offering an earlybird promotion for the Jungle Marathon. The 2015 price will be discounted by 20% for all bookings made and deposits taken prior to 31 December 2014.

About Run Fun Travel

RunFun Travel is owned and managed by Fran Seton with support from her husband Dave Cundy. The business specialises in bringing together Fran and Dave’s two passions of marathon running and travel. Having been involved in running and marathons for over 30 years, they have contacts all over the world. It’s these contacts that enable them to bring new events to runners and this is what sets RunFun Travel apart . As well as being part of the travel industry, they are part of the worldwide running industry.

They have organised, run in and worked with marathons around the world – they know what runners want from an event and, more importantly, they are well placed to deliver it. While you do the training, they will do the organising to ensure your running experience delivers when it counts.

Click here for RunFun Travel website