Sierra Andina Chavín Trail 45k
• May 30, 2020 •
*We are limiting this event to 60 Participants Max for 2020
Olleros to Chavín de Huantar
Cross the Andes on the same ancient footpath people walked to the prehistoric capital of Chavín de Huantar over 1000 years ago. The Chavín culture is considered to be the mother of all the Peruvian culture and even out dates the Incas. Catch glimpses of the past as you run this ancient trail scattered with relics and ruins of this fascinating civilization.
Despite it’s incredible beauty, the Olleros to Chavín route is one of the lesser known trekking routes through the Cordillera Blanca. With more gradual inclines, smoother pathways, and unique topography to the Cordillera Blanca, the Chavín Trail is one of the best trail runs in Huascarán National Park. Typically done as a three day “llama trek”, this 45km course crosses the Andes from west to east with one high mountain pass at Punta Yanashallash (4,700). One of the highlights of this event is finishing at the excavated ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the epicenter of this influential ancient civilization.
The 2019 Chavín Trail 45k will begin at 7:00am on June 1 in the town of Olleros. This is roughly a 30-45 minute drive from Huaraz- transportation to and from the event is included in the registration cost. The race course is a point to point that climbs to the top of Yanashallash Pass and descends down to the toen of Chavín de Huantar. There will be food and refreshments available for all racers at the finish with an awards ceremony to follow for top finishers. There will be shuttles back to Huaraz following the ceremony. Please see the itinerary below for a more detailed outline of the event.
* Please note for safety reasons there will be an 11 hour time limit to complete this race. There will also be one cutoff time of 6 hours to Aid Station 3 (Yanashallash Pass). In the event that you are unable to make this first cutoff time you will be asked turn around and return to Aid Station 2 where a vehicle will transport you back to Huaraz. There will be horses and vehicles sweeping the route and giving rides to those who are unable to complete the route in the 11 hour time limit.
Transportation Package for Non-Racers
This Package is available for friends and family members who would like to be at the start/finish line to cheer on their runner. Those wanting to spend the day in Chavín de Huantar are welcome to ride the bus on the morning of the race with the participants for $15 per person. Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time so that we know how many buses are needed.
45k Race Itinerary
• Friday, May 31 •
6:00pm - Tech talk and race brief at Trivio Restaurant in Huaraz- There will be a short presentation of the event along with information about the Cordillera Blanca and Huascarán National Park. A question and answer session for the participants will follow the presentation. Please come by to have all of your questions answered, meet some of the other runners and enjoy some delicious Sierra Andina beer. This will also be your opportunity to pick up your race packet and bib number.
• Saturday, June 1 (Race Day) •
5:30am - Runners will meet in Parque Periodista in front of Trivio Restaurant- buses will leave for Olleros 5:45am sharp.
6:30am - Buses will arrive at the starting line in Olleros. Participants will have 30 minutes to stretch and warm up before the race begins.
7:00am - The Chavín Trail 45k begins- Good luck!
11:00am – 6:00pm - Runners will reach will reach the finish line. There will be music, beer, and food available at the finish line in Chavín de Huantar.
2:00pm - Awards ceremony
2:30pm – 6:00pm - Buses will leave for Huaraz.
• Sunday, June 2 •
7:00pm - Sierra Andina Mountain Trail party at Trivio Restaurant. Food, beer, and music!