Lycian Way Ultra Marathon is an international sports event involving a high level of competition, which was the first ultra marathon organized in Turkey in 2010. Lycian Way Ultra Marathon covering around 250 km of the Ancient Lycian Way that is 519 km long in total is to be completed in 6 days with one lap being completed every day, and it is up for taking a special place between world's major ultra marathon destinations in the near future. Its characteristics, every one being a factor of attraction, can be listed as follows:
High level of difficulty
Lycian Way Ultra Marathon stands out with tough courses it offers to ultra marathon runners who are focused on pushing the limits of their strength. Specified route covers descents and ascents between sea level and 800-km mountainous areas, and provides various land conditions such as beaches, dirt roads, stony and rocky paths, forestlands made slippery by needle leaves and steep slopes.
Fascinating historical texture
Covered area promises an unforgettable experience with the Lycian Way, which has been the cradle to hundreds of civilizations for many thousand years as well as impressive historical ruins, ancient cities, castles, and amphitheaters.
Unique natural beauties
Lycian Way, standing out with its natural beauties in addition to its historical characteristics, presents a visual feast to the eyes of the runners with its spectacular scenes of mountains coated with green forests as well as the bays and gulfs, while allowing them to run alongside Patara Beach, which is the 3rd longest beach in the world.
Route of the Lycian Way Ultra Marathon, as officially supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which aims to host athletes from all over the world every year, has been created by Prof. Taner Damcı, who is the project consultant and who himself has already completed a major ultra marathon.