As the clock turns 00.00 on the 27th of April, 1,000 competitors will start the 11th Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT). With only headlights to guide them until dawn rises over the mountains, these runners will be tackling some of the toughest terrains this island has to offer, as the run across the central mountainous section from Porto Moniz to Machico. The goal, to complete the course in under 13 hours! Making the MIUT one of the most intense and exhilarating races in the world as runners tackle a wide range of topographies with varying levels of difficulty and it no surprise that the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) attracts so many athletes worldwide.
The MIUT is one of Madeira’s most intense and exhilarating races. The event comprises of four different competitions; the MIUT 115 km course, the 85 km Ultra race, 42km Marathon and the 16km Mini competition and attracts some 2,500 runners in total from 45 countries.
This is not about taking part; it's about finishing the race, whether fast or slow. Everyone wants to be, as the organisers say ‘A Finisher!’