Madeira Island Ultra Trail (also known as MIUT) is, above all, nature. Several races over different distances allow any runner to pick the one that best suits their tastes or training. The star is the 115km and 7100m elevation gain ultra trail that every April crosses the Portuguese island from west to south through incredible landscapes. The intense vegetation, with laurel forests declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the cliffs and the views of the Atlantic make this race magical.
The MIUT is one of the main sporting events of this Portuguese island located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where every year around three thousand runners travel to test themselves, most of them from abroad, seeking to discover a volcanic landscape with steep climbs carved by the erosion of thousands of years.
Madeira is known for its excellent wine, abundant flora and rugged mountains and is the perfect setting for trail running. The ultra passes through spectacular spots such as the village of Curral das Freiras, located in the middle of a mountain cirque and Ruivo peak, which at 1861m above sea level is the highest point of the island.
These attractions have made the MIUT one of the greatest trail running races in the world. Since 2008, the world’s best runners such as Pau Capell, Courtney Dauwalter, François D’Haene, Jim Walmsley, Audrey Tanguy, Thibaut Garrivier, Mathieu Blanchard, Gediminas Grinius and Andrea Huser have raced along the course that connects the towns of Porto Moniz and Machico.
First Edition: 2008
Main Race (km): 115
Cumulative elevation (m): 7100
Other race (km): 16/42/60/85
Total participants: 3000
Notable previous winners: Hillary Allen, Ester Alves-Santos, Manon Bohard, Caroline Chaverot, Courtney Dauwalter, Françios D`Haene, Luís Fernandes, Mimmi Kotka, Zach Miller, Hannes Namberger, Carlos Sá, Jim Wallmsley.
Location: Machico, Madeira (Atlantic island, 900 km southwest of Lisbon. Portugal).