The Lycian Way Ultra Marathon, the third of which will be held from September 22–30, is being joined by a sibling this year: Runfire Cappadocia, Anatolia’s first “desert marathon.”
In Runfire Cappadocia, which will be held July 7–15, 2012, every course is an adventure of its own. The marathon, which spans more than two hundred kilometers total and will be completed in six days with one stage run every day, will cross Uçhisar, Güvercinlik Valley, Ortahisar, Acıgöl, Güzelyurt, Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Ihlara Valley, and Lake Tuz. The route ascends to an elevation of 1,700 meters and sometimes drops down to 900 meters. The marathon will start and end in Uçhisar.
Famous Athletes on the Way, Too
The Lycian Way Ultra Marathon—Anatolia’s first ultra marathon—will be run for the third time September 22–30, 2012. Exceeding the standard forty-two-kilometer distance, the marathon will take place on a range of challenging, varying terrains from trails to deserts. Famous athletes, too, will participate this year in the Lycian Way Ultra Marathon, which is known as having one of the world’s best courses. Spanning a roughly 240-kilometer section of the 509-kilometer-long historical Lycian Way, the marathon will take place over six days with one stage being run each day, again starting this year in Ölüdeniz, Fethiye (Muğla Province) and ending in the ancient town of Phaselis.