Celebrating the Ultra Running Ancients // Trail Runner Magazine

The race through the Sacred Valley celebrates Peru’s history of running.

For Traill Runner Magazine, July 2018

When Claudio Castillo started to plan a running event in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas he knew it should honor the country’s deep history of long distance running.

“We wanted to make a race that would evoke the Chaskis,” Castillo says. “Peru is a country that has a history of ultra runners and we wanted to make this race a tribute to that history.”

During the Inca Empire that peaked in the 15th century, communications between different regions of the empire were delivered by running messengers called chaskis. According to lore, the complex communication relay system could cover more than 200 kilometers per day on the Inca roads. Today, trail running is in its golden era for recreation and competition in Peru with new events and participation on the rise.

 

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