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Guatemala Impact Marathon

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Guatemala Impact Marathon

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Mon 24th February 2025 - Sun 2nd March 2025

2 races

£1,395.00 - £1,645.00

Organiser's Description

The 2025 Edition will be our 7th race in this extraordinary country, and once more, our iconic race route on Pacaya Volcano will be the climax of a truly powerful and remarkable week. Impact Marathons are not just a race, they are entire week of immersion into a community, into a nation, into your ability to make a positive impact. This blend of travel, impact, and outstanding trail running is what makes Impact Marathon the most unique racing series out there - and a bucket list event for all runners to join.

We will be staying in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Antigua - with its colonial buildings, cobbled streets, and volcanoes looming large above our heads, it is a truly remarkable place to experience. Through the week, alongside our immense charity partners, SERES, we will be catalysing change through the power of youth. Proving them with knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and the support they need to thrive as adults, enjoy good health, succeed economically and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

The climax of the week is a night camping in the shadow of the active Pacaya Volcano, before a trail race like no other. Joined by hundreds of Guatemaltecos, we run the live volcano! The highlights of the route include the 8km of running across the moonlike landscape of the lava fields that surround the lower slopes, before a long climb to the ancient craters (with some good rumbles coming from the currently active crater a little higher above you), this is an unmissable running experience. More importantly, we set achievable cut-offs that encourage you to stop of that photo, to pause and breathe in your surroundings, and to truly experience the magic of running in Guatemala. Your time doesn't matter (we don't even publish results), the important thing is that you get to treasure every step on your way to our iconic finish line, and receive your hand carved medal...

If you want to meet the most amazing humans, create life-long friends, truly connect with the positive impact you can have in the world, and see Guatemala from a viewpoint few others ever have...then this is the week for you. Oh, and somewhere along the way, you'll realise you ran a marathon!

The Itinerary | 24 Feb – 2 March 2025

Day 1 - ¡Bienvenidos!

Welcome to Guatemala Impact Marathon! After your flight arrives in Guatemala City, you’ll be whisked to our Athletes' Village, a short drive from the UNESCO World Heritage town of Antigua. Here you’ll get to know your fellow travellers while enjoying an evening of amazing Guatemalan food, and you'll begin to learn more about what you'll be experiencing this week. We like to keep much of the week’s activities a surprise, so we’ll be revealing lots more over a glass of beer this evening.

Day 2 - To Ulew we go...

We are heading off early in the morning to Ulew Fuego, the land owned by SERES, which is open for community leaders, youth, and professionals to learn and teach sustainable techniques to others. This initiative helps generate jobs and income for the surrounding communities. You’ll spend the core of the day understanding and working with SERES on this land, so you can experience firsthand where your fundraising efforts are going.

Day 3 - Hola Artistas de el Astillero

We will be visiting a tiny community outside of the amazing and tourist Antigua Guatemala - Artistas del Astillero - an organisation that provides art lessons and hands on experiences for children in the community. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the challenges the community faces and how Aura, the founder, is tackling education, health, finance with children from 4 - 12 years old.

Day 4 - Coffee, Culture, & Context

Now, our final story is one that perhaps Guatemala is most famous for: COFFEE! We will be visiting a plantation, learning about the process of growing, harvesting, and roasting the beans as well as the socio-economic and environmental challenges faced by growers. This day brings together trade, coffee, and history, weaving them into the narrative we’ve been building over the past few days. Through this experience, we will gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate balance between tradition and innovation, and the way these play out when faced with the headwinds of geopolitics, and climate change.It’s a fitting conclusion to our Impact Week, encapsulating the essence of Guatemala's rich cultural heritage and its ongoing journey towards sustainable development.

Day 5 - Camping under the stars

Today is our rest day so, after a gentle morning, we will be heading across the country to the start line of our race route! We'll arrive to Finca El Amate through the afternoon. You'll have time to walk the lava fields, get a feel of what is it like to run on them. You'll have time to explore, take photos that aren't you being a sweaty mess. You'll have time to do some yoga under the shadow of a volcano that is actively pumping gas and lava above your heads... and then we get to camp! There's nothing like opening that tent on race day morning, seeing the volcano ahead of you and knowing that in a very rare moment, that you are literally 50 meters from the start line and you can get the time to get ready. This is a majestic climax to the week a treat and we know you are going to love it!

Day 6 - Run the live volcano

The moment has come. Start line, time to run together, as a community in one of the world’s most outstanding locations. The magic of race day: Get ready for a remarkable finish line moment as you take the final steps of the hardest race of your life. And at that finish line, we’ll have a huge welcome home for you. Party into the night, you deserve it...

Day 7 - Homecoming

The race is over and you’ll have the usual aches and pains to remind you. To take your mind off it we have organised some incredible experiences that show you the very best that Guatemala has to offer.

Alternatively, and reluctantly, we will let you return home! We will be hosting an afterparty for all the team, volunteers, Guatemalteco runners and, of course, you are most welcome up to Earthlodge to join us as a beautiful finale to an amazing week.

Races

  • Summit - Guatemala Impact Marathon

    Package Option: Our Most Popular Package - Shared Luxurious Twin/Double Room With a Friend, or Your New Best Friend!

    Mon 24th February 2025

    £1,395.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Quetzal - Guatemala Impact Marathon

    Package Option: This Is Our Single Supplement, Your Own Room!

    Mon 24th February 2025

    £1,645.00

    Booking for more than 1?

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