It's meant to be challenging...
...but with the courses remaining open until 1100 on the Sunday there will be sufficient time for everyone to complete their course and share in the success.
The staggered start means that all the courses and most of the competitors converge on the finish as dawn breaks.
Team Event for Pairs
Based on the usual mountain marathon format with Elite, A, B, C and Score classes.
The estimated course winning times allow for the added difficulty of navigating and running at night.
Posted by Marmot Dark Mountains on Friday, 29 March 2019
Marmot Dark Mountains™ takes the classic two-day mountain marathon format and gives it a dark twist. Rather than two days of running with an overnight camp in between, we pack everything into one winter’s night!
This challenging event takes place on the last weekend of January each year (25-26th January in 2020) and, like most regular mountain marathons, is a pairs event.
The Event is based on a mountain marathon format with Elite, A, B, C, Long, Medium, and Short Score courses.
Starting on the Saturday evening, the longest courses set off first for dusk-to-dawn racing. The shorter courses set off later in the evening with the aim of most competitors finishing within an hour or so of each other the following Sunday morning. This makes for an exciting finale as all the competitors converge on the finish as dawn breaks.
Courses remain open until 1100 on the Sunday so there is sufficient time for everyone to complete their course and share in the success. There will be a hearty breakfast and hot drinks for everyone as they finish. Competitors may also sleep at the event centre (which we recommend) before travelling home.