Redefine your ‘possible’
7 Extraordinary Days in Bali. May 22-28
Details of the 7 day experience are outlined below but what they can’t capture is the spirit of this event.
A spirit created when inspired and committed individuals come together from around the world to take on and share a profound physical and mental challenge: a gruelling endurance race that will recast your definition of what’s possible and transform the life opportunities of 100s of disadvantaged children.
For more experienced endurance runners the chance to join a team event and support newcomers to ultra-running is always a great opportunity to give back.
The 7 days together provides time to prepare, connect with your team mates and celebrate an experience amid the best hospitality Bali has to offer.
The Bali Hope Ultra has a very limited number of places but is open to both experienced ultra-runners and newcomers to endurance sport and we actively seek a team with great diversity in experience.
The Bali Hope Ultra is also a fundraising challenge that requires participants to set out to raise AU$5,000 / (approximately US$3,500). 100% of this goes directly to our multi-award winning charity partner Bali Children Foundation.
(We do not ask you to make up any shortfall but ask for your best efforts. Some of the team will raise more and others less - the most important thing is the collective impact we make).
The participation fee for the event includes everything from the moment we meet you at the arrivals hall in Bali airport: transport, race entry & logistics, 5* accommodation and hospitality. (Flights not included)
Single runner with non-running partner (shared room): US$2,750pp all inclusive
Two runners signing up together (shared room): $3,200pp all inclusive
Single runner (shared room): US$3,500pp all inclusive
Single runner (single room): US$4,500pp all inclusive
Sam brings her vast experience, energy and down to earth leadership to the team and is with the running team all week and through the night of the run. Her input is invaluable and alongside her partner Mark Wales both bring a great deal to our week.
With a tight know group of just over 20 runners and the time to connect as a group the team spirit has plenty of time to grow. We are also able to provide a high level of personal support Alongside the necessary medical back-up, our support crews provide personalised nutrition and motivational support throughout the 84km route.
Our accommodation and hospitality includes the best Bali has to offer and incorporates the 5* Alila Seminyak and the 4* Lovina Bali Resort. Expect a highly curated experience and great service throughout.
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 in the evening.
After months of training, preparation and connecting with your fellow runners online it’s always a great moment connect face to face. The majority of your fundraising is likely to be done and the week of the event is a great chance for a final push.
8:00 - 10:00: Breakfast: Make the most of the delicious 5* buffet breakfast at The Alila as Thursday is quite busy.
Transport from Seminyak to Lovina
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 & Dinner: Meet some of the award-winning social entrepreneurs behind our impact partners.
08:00 - 10:00: Breakfast The Lovina, Bali
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and the early morning calm.
10:00 - 13:00: Today we visit the community and school you have fundraised for in Pedawa, northern Bali. Meet the children and families whose lives you have helped to transform and experience first hand the amazing work of our charity partners.
13:00 - 18:00 Lunch/Free
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 Dinner
08:00 - 10:00 Race Day Breakfast The Lovina, Bali
Take your time to relax, prepare and enjoy the facilities at The Lovina.
10:00 - 16:00 Lunch/Free
Make your final pre-race preparations.
16:00 - 16:30 Ceremony
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.
18:30 The Bali Hope Ultra Marathon
The race starts at 18:30. Next stop Canggu.
12:00 - 13:00 Finish Line Event, Old Man’s Bali
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 Enjoy some well earned downtime at The Alila
19:30- 21:30 Informal team dinner
Monday The Alila, Seminyak, 08:00 - 11:00
Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast and reflect on what you have achieved
11:00 - 18:00: Free time.
18:00 - 22:00: Private team celebration dinner.
Tuesday 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: Transfers
Our team will arrange transport for you to Bali airport or other destinations on the island.
Please complete this payment to guarantee your place on the 2019 Bali Hope Ultra Team. The deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to another participant or to another Bali Hope event. You may change your accommodation preferences in due course.
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Bali Hope runners are welcome to bring a partner, friend or family member to join us on our 7 day experience and be part of the Bali Hope Ultra support crew. This is a huge part of the shared experience and a powerful experience in of itself, and one we have a waiting list for.
What’s provided for each Bali Hope team member:
Membership of one of the most positive, inspirational and supportive communities possible
4* & 5* accommodation, transfers, transport & full board for the duration of the week
Training tips and suggestions from experienced endurance athletes including Samantha Gash
Access to professional photography of the event
Fundraising advice & support
Personalised fundraising page
Personalised nutritional support at fixed & mobile aid stations
A bespoke personalised short film capturing your unique Bali Hope experience.
Exclusive runner apparel and 2019 event medal
An experience you will never forget
· 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.
· 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 Sam 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 have fixed aid stations every 10km and a fleet of support vehicles to provide nutritional and motivational support as required.
· 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$5,000 may sound like a high target, it is very achievable and you will receive personal support and advice from our charity partner bali children foundation.