The race has become popular in Brazil year after year, with people of all ages and any physical size. It is common to see athletes practicing from large cities to small towns. But there is a minority that seeks something beyond road running and common marathons. That’s where ultramarathons come into play.
An ultramarathon is a race like any other, but over 42,195 m. There are no specific rules, but the most common are 50 km and 100 km. In Bahia, for example, there are some competition options such as the Ultramaratona Salvador, the Desafio 4 Faróis and the Ultra 100 km on BA-052.
“Every day new athletes emerge identifying themselves as street runners. Running in itself is a sport of performance, of overcoming, of personal challenge. For some, increasing training volumes in sport is part of the process of personal evolution. Being an ultra marathon runner, in my opinion, is for black belt runners”, said Éder Martins, physical educator with a postgraduate degree in exercise physiology, to Portal A AFTERNOON.
For Éder, the support of a physical education professional is essential for athletes who want to run an ultramarathon. According to him, three pillars are important to achieve the desired result.
“Mind, body and technique are three more than important pillars. Periodize, understand the needs of each athlete and make all the time dedicated to training worthwhile in search of the final result that is the finish line, without forgetting, of course, family life and professional life”, added the professional who was twice finalist in IronMan, one of the main long-distance triathlon competitions.
In the last edition of the Ultra 100 km, which starts in Mundo Novo and finishes in Morro do Chapéu, there were 25 participants, both men and women. Of these, 15 completed the race, which has a high degree of difficulty due to the many climbs along Estrada do Feijão.
Systems analyst Sérgio Weber, aged 44, has been an ultramarathon fan since 2022. He has always had a close relationship with the sport, but started running in 2015, without any great ambitions, just as a sport.
“After the pandemic, in 2020, I decided to join the Eder Martins consultancy. At the end of that same year I did a 35 km race, I liked it and decided to do a marathon. In 2021, I did two marathons and started searching for ultramarathons in Salvador on the internet”, Sérgio told Portal A AFTERNOON.
“In 2022, when races were released, there was the Independence Ultramarathon and I signed up. I ran 90 km in 12 hours. After that, I continued training and did the 4 Faróis ultramarathon, 100 km, that same year. Before this, I participated in the 70 km of a group from Itapuã, Itapuã x Bonfim x Itapuã. I had quickly become an ultramarathon runner”, he added.
An ultramarathon is a challenging and rewarding experience for any street runner, but it is worth highlighting the importance of adequate preparation for the journey to be fruitful. Having a professional monitor you during your training sessions will accelerate results and improve performance, as well as reducing the chances of injuries.