21K - LLANGANUCO LAKES
21K - LLANGANUCO LAKES DESCRIPTION
This route is aimed at those who already have some experience in Trail Running and that are physically and mentally prepared for the altitude. You will be running through the heat of the day, the sun here is about as brutal as anywhere on the planet, come prepared.
Competitors will get the chance to spread out on a dirt track through an avenue of pine trees as they press towards the trail along a contouring irrigation ditch to the PNH entrance just 2Ks away. Once inside the park there is a short section up the dirt road to the Pre-Inca trail of Maria Josefa through the cloud forest, you´ll be glad for some shade as the sun is going to be super hot, scolding in fact. Minutes inside the cloud forest you will be glad to reach your first PA (Aid Station) before crossing the cascading Llanganuco river on a wooden bridge. Here through the cloud forest you will find a combination of rolling earthy sections and rocky step sections, pace yourself, chose when to run and when to climb hard. Plunging out of the cloud forest at 3850m, you reach the most famous of the Llanganuco Lakes - Chinancocha (Girl Lake), do not be tempted to go for a boat ride, but turn left at the lake to reach the dirt road again. You will be on the dirt road again alongside the lake (unless you want to swim the lake) until the start of Orgoncocha Lake (Boy Lake) where you will gain your second aid station.
Here you will be shown another section of Pre-Inca trail down past the Yuyucochas (Baby Lakes), past high altitude Cacti forest and swirling river back to Orgoncocha. Again run alongside the lake to regain the same route back down through the cloud forest, to your 3rd and last aid station again on the wooden Bridge. Here you will be guided on a very little known and overgrown section of Inca Trail down through more cloud forest to Rumi Saka - Stone Bridge, where you will cross to gain some switch backs up the cliff to find the road just inside the park form the control station. From here you climb hard to regain the irrigation ditch and follow it home.
Trail conditions are excellent in most parts, allowing competitors to really find their rhythm. A full debrief of what to expect and how to best visualize this race will be held at the induction talk on Saturday 10th June at LML.
SCHEDULE & CUT OFF
The race starts at 11:00 on Sunday 11th June with the cut off time at 16:00. The maximum duration to complete the race is 5hrs.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
UT69 aims to become a highly recognised trail race event, and a social scene in itself to bring together the trail running community, enjoy the local culture & spectacular setting. Included in the price of the entry ticket UT69 also offers
- Free camping for participants on Saturday night.
- A BBQ burger and beer on both Saturday and Sunday.
|< 15 Apr||$22|
|< 31 May||$28|
The ITRA (International Trail Running Association) has certified this race as an official trail run. Below are the specific details from the ITRA and their evaluation of the race's difficulty by assessing it on a range from 0 to 6 points.
|UT69||10th/11th June 2017||ITRA NO:||Endurance||Mountain||Finisher|
|21K||22.40KM / 570m||40415-19759||ITRA-4||ITRA-230|
LLANGANUCO LAKES ROUTE
Please find below a google earth map that outlines the route for the Llanganuco Lakes race.
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