Highland Kings Ultra is hosting a four-day camping race on the west coast of Scotland and plans to cover 120 miles. According to the BBC, this ultramarathon is one of the most expensive in the world, costing a generous $21,000 per person fee.
An ultramarathon is any distance over 26 miles. With the long race, both distance and time-wise, competitors are used to “roughing it.” Ultramarathon runners tend to run through remote and challenging terrain. Additionally, athletes tend to sleep in sleeping bags along muddy trails, if not running through the night.
With the current conditions racers are used to, the Highland Kings Ultra is a luxurious idea. Highland Kings Ultra is a 120 mile marathon taking place in April of 2022. The new ultramarathon includes butlers, hydrotherapy pools, speed boats, and chefs. The race organizers are claiming it’s the “most exclusive, luxury ultra-run experience on the planet.” The marathon presents a classy, relaxing experience, hence the price of $21,627 per person. Usually, the most expensive of ultramarathons swing towards $1,000, although the average racer pays from $100 to $200, states The Billfold.
“The idea is for runners to race like a warrior but recover like a king.”
– Race director, Rebecca Silva
The experience isn’t the only luxury thing about the marathon, though. Racers will be given much training help for the seven months before the race. Silva claims that the 40 racers would receive training plans and Zoom calls with physios and psychologists. Not only that, but racers will have sweat-composition testing so the staff will have the data on how to fuel the athlete’s bodies. Furthermore, the runners can speak with the ultra-running world champion Jonathan Albon and participate in personal training coached by Anna-Mara Watson, a dedicated ultra-runner.
The agenda for the race is nothing short of amazing. The race begins in Dalness then proceeds to Dalmally. After that, the next 32 miles will lead athletes to Loch Fyne, followed by another 34 miles to Portavadie. Finally, the race wraps up with 28 miles on the Isle of Arran. Runners will spend a night in a luxury campsite within the race and then continue to a gala dinner with explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Although the luxury presented on the trip is tempting, ultramarathons are nothing short of challenging. This ultramarathon will present a nice blend of relaxation and hard work.