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What is a multiday race
A multiday race is an ultramarathon that takes place over several days.
Multiday races are a test of a runners' endurance, skill with pacing, and ability to recover from the stress of constantly moving. The competitors run with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible.
Multidays By Time
These events stretch upwards from 24 (such as the Self-Transcendence 12/24 Basel race) and 48 hour races such as the Surgères 48 hour race (no longer held) and the Taipei 48hr Ultra Marathon. The more common standard time-frame are the six day races, 1000 km and 1000 mile events. Popular 6 day races are the Self-Transcendence 6 Day Race in New York, Across The Years and the Emu 6 day race in Hungary.
Popular stage races include the Marathon des Sables, the Dragons Back in Wales and the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in South Africa. Other race time-frames exist as well as do events based on distance, the longest certified race being the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race in New York.
Multidays By Distance
Trans-national events exist like the Trans-Am, Deutschlandlauf and the Transe Gaule as well as point to point and stage events and there is a new edition of the TransEurope footrace planned for 2021.
Since the 1980's multiday running has enjoyed a renaissance as has ultrarunning as a whole. Despite the amount of time required to complete these events, these races are a tremendous opportunity to discover one's capacity, to test one's limits and to transcend perceived difficulties and learn to operate most efficiently within a given environment.