Bali, indonesia May 22-28 2019

The 2019 Bali Hope Ultra

Thank you for your interest in joining The 2019 Bali Hope Ultra (Apply here)

Bali Hope is a social enterprise founded by Tom Hickman. In August 2017 Tom attempted the first solo run across Bali: 84km overnight coast-to-coast in an effort to fund primary school scholarships for disadvantaged kids in the north of the island. Although the run was incomplete, Tom raised AU$10,000 to fund 10 children though 6 years of primary school and committed to recruiting a team of runners to run again in 2018.  

In May 2018, 13 people completed the run for the first time and raised over AU$81,000. In May 2019 a new team of runners will take on this challenge and make a powerful and long-lasting impact on a disadvantaged community in the north of this beautiful island.

The 7 day experience is outlined in detail below alongside information about this unique event.  This event is open to experienced and elite runners alongside newcomers to endurance running. We seek a diverse team as it is very much a collective endeavour and shared challenge.

The Bali Hope Ultra is also a fundraising challenge that requires participants to raise AU$7,500 / (approximately US$5,500) to support a disadvantaged community and change lives in northern Bali.


7 Days in Bali



15:00 - 21:00

Check in & Welcome Dinner

Check-in from 3pm at The Alila, enjoy an afternoon at the 5* resort and meet your team mates before a welcome reception and dinner n the evening.


Seminyak to Lovina 

8:00 - 10:00


Make the most of the delicious 5* buffet breakfast at The Alila as Thursday is quite busy. 

11:00 - 13:00

Review the route of the ultra marathon

After breakfast we drive the route of the ultra marathon in reverse, from the finish line at Old Man's Canggu, to the start line in Lovina. A great chance to get to know the terrain and route first hand.   

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch at The Saranam

14:00 - 18:00

Check in & relax at The Lovina Bali Resort

18:00 - 20:00

Evening Drinks

Meet some of the award-winning social entrepreneurs behind our impact partners. Apply now.

21:00 - 22:00




The Alila, Seminyak, bali

 12:00 - 13:00

Finish Line Event

As soon as the running team have come in safely we hold a finish line and prize-giving event at Old Man's, Canggu. 

13:00 - 19:30

Rest day

Enjoy some well earned downtime at The Alila  

19:30- 21:30

Informal dinner




The LOvina, bali

08:00 - 10:00


Enjoy a delicious breakfast and the early morning calm.  Apply now.

10:00 - 14:00

Impact Day

Visit the community and school we are supporting and meet the children and families benefiting from the work of our charity partners.     

14:00 - 18:00


18:00 - 19:00

Pre-run briefing

At the pre-run briefing our ops team will cover our health & safety protocol and review the environmental factors our runners should be aware of.

19:00 - 20:00

Team talk with Samantha Gash 

20:00 - 22:00




The Alila, Seminyak, bali

08:00 - 11:00


Enjoy a delicious breakfast and reflect on what you have achieved.

11:00 - 18:00

Rest day

Time to make the most of Seminyak and our resort hotel. 

18:00 - 22:00

Celebration & closing dinner



The LOvina, bali

08:00 - 10:00

Race Day Breakfast

Take your time to relax, prepare and enjoy the facilities at The Lovina.     

10:00 - 16:00


Make your final pre-race preparations.    

16:00 - 16:30


The runners will join a traditional Balinese blessing to protect them on their overnight ultra while the support crew start to prepare their vehicles and join a final briefing. 



The Bali Hope Ultra Marathon

The race starts at 18:30. Next stop Canggu. Partners and guests not joining the support crew head to the halfway point at The 5* Saranam Resort and Spa.



The Alila, Seminyak, bali

08:00 - 12:00

Breakfast & Farewells

Enjoy a relaxing morning and arrange how to stay in touch with your team mates as we prepare to say our goodbyes.

12:00 - 15:00


Our team will arrange transport for you to Bali airport or other destinations on the island.



The Route of the Bali Hope Ultra Marathon

The route is outlined below and combines around 1400m of elevation on the 84km route. 

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Our pricing covers everything on the 7-day experience: 5* accommodation, hospitality, transfers, transport and race logistics.

You will need to organise travel and medical insurance for the event and pick up any room service or non-inclusive drinks. 

Standard pricing:

Shared room: US$3,500

Single room: US$4,500

Single room with non-participating partner supplement: US$5,500

Pricing Includes:

The entry fee for Bali Hope includes almost everything from once you have arrived at the event hotel on the afternoon of Day 1 until departure on the morning of Day 7 after our celebration dinner.

Specifically it includes:

  • Accommodation at the 5* Alila Seminyak & the 4* Lovina Bali Resort

  • All meals

  • Run logistics, personalised support, aid stations & emergency medical back-up

  • Short personalised film of your Bali Hope experience    

  • Access to professional photography covering your Bali Hope experience.

  • Personalised run apparel & welcome bag

  • 2019 Bali Hope Ultra runner's medal

  • Training advice & guidance from experts including Samantha Gash.

Payment terms:

A deposit of US$1,000 is required to confirm your place with the balance due in instalments  by February 2019. We use borderless accounts (via Transferwise) in US$, AU$, Euro and £ to minimise transaction fees.

The Bali Hope Ultra is produced by Singapore based social enterprise Hope Ultra Pte Ltd. 

Step 1: The Application

Anyone interested in joining this team and spending 7 days in Bali from May 22-28 2019 should fill out this application form. Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and you will receive an email within a few days. 

Step 2: Fundraising (deadlines & amounts)

All team members will be expected to fundraise a minimum of AU$7,500 for our charity partners by the completion of the 2019 fundraising campaign on June 30th 2019. Details on our fundraising partners are here: 

We suggest working to the following fundraising milestones: 
January 31: Au$1,000 (Totalling Au$1,000)
April 1: Au$2,000 (Totalling Au$3,000)
May 15: Au$2,000 (Totalling Au$5,000)
June 30: Au$2,500 (Totalling Au$7,500)

In light of our previous experience it is significantly more difficult to fundraise after your run is complete. This is why we request that the majority of your fundraising is complete prior to you arriving in Bali.

Step 3: Training

Expect to make a commitment to begin a training program six months before you join the team in Bali. Previous distance running experience is part of the selection criteria in our process of evaluating applicants but not the primary factor and several of the 2018 team were newcomers to ultra marathons. 



  • Why is the event 7-days?

7 days allows us time and space to connect as a group, visit the community we are supporting and celebrate our achievement. Many of our team members will travel to Bali from Europe or North America and it is important to acclimatise before the run.  

  • Can I bring a partner and/or children?

Of course. Partners and children are most welcome.  In 2018 we had 4 young people with us, including one young adult who joined our support crew. Witnessing a team of adults from around the world making change happen for a disadvantaged community can only be a positive experience.     

  • What will they do during the run?

That's entirely up to them. We encourage partners and children over 14 years old to join our support crews on the night of the run. This is a profound and enjoyable experience and a place on the support crew is highly sought after.  

  • Can I join the Ultra-marathon but not the rest of the week?  

Unfortunately not. The integrity of our running team, our shared experience and our itinerary means this is not possible.  

The Run

  • What is your advice if I have never run an ultra-marathon before?

About half the 2018 team were newcomers to ultra running, some had experienced a marathon and others just 20km. The common characteristic of all these individuals was a high level of commitment to prepare as best they could.   

  • What is your advice on the right training schedule?   

The support we provide our successful applicants includes access to a detailed training program for different levels of experience. The highly-experienced ultra runner Samantha Gash will pass on her expert advice and answer questions through our private team Facebook group. There is certainly not one approach that suits everyone and factors such as your age, current fitness levels, nutrition and mindset are important.     

  • What equipment will I need?

Mandatory equipment includes: a head torch, back light, camel pack and smart phone with an additional battery pack.   

  • What level of support do you provide?

Runner safety on this open-road race is our key priority. With this in mind we have a highly-experienced health and safety director, emergency medical back-up, and trained first aiders in both fixed and mobile-aid stations. We also employ GPS tracking for each runner and a fleet of support vehicles to provide nutritional and motivational support at 5km intervals.     

  • What insurance do I need?   

Every runner will need personal travel & emergency medical insurance covering endurance events.  


  • What is your advice on fundraising?

Critical factors on successful fundraising include, starting early to raise awareness of what you are doing, the impact it will make and the training commitment required, and then follow this up with personal messages to friends, family and your broader network. For those new to fundraising while AU$7,500 may sound like a high target, it is very achievable and you will receive personal support and advice from our charity partner Classroom of Hope.    

  • What happens if I am below my target before I arrive in Bali? 

We know the levels of focus and commitment required to undertake this mission in terms of time, resources and energy, and we also understand that a proportion of the fundraising will arrive on the week of the run. As long as you have shared a clear plan to meet your target and are 75% of the way there we will be happy to support you.