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Lisbon Marathon

Lisbon Marathon: possibly the most famous run in Portugal!

Portugal is a great country for runners with a sunny and mild climate for much of the year, a wide variety of landscapes to explore and races at all levels. Highlights for the coming year for road runners include the ever popular and fast Lisbon marathon and half marathons and the Douro Valley marathon and half marathon- a really spectacular setting amongst the vineyards of the Douro River Valley a UNESCO protected site. Portugal's wild and rugged interior means trail runners are spoilt for choice with many routes that promise to be breathtaking in every sense of the word! The ultimate challenge has to be the 100km Madeira Ultra trail though the 'oh meu Deus' and EnduroTrail runs also sound aptly named! The famous beach half marathon takes place in May and there are a number of quirky runs in Portugal including the annual Porto a Subir race up the steps of this hilly city and the Men Vs Women race also in Porto. Finally you'll find a good selection of shorter runs, that attract both higly competitive athletes and more casual runners, and charity races such as the Race for Life.

There are literally 100s of races so we are listing a selection of the major ones and adding more as we go along. If you're a runner coming to Portugal and you'd like to know if there will be a race during your stay just let us know where and when you'll be here and your preferred type of race (distance/trail/road etc) and we'll let you know what's on! Advance entry is required for most races and there are often discounts for early entry. Dates or details may be subject to change so we recommend contacting the organisers before making travel arrangements.

Here is a list of upcoming runs in Portugal, many races have websites that are currently only available in Portuguese so please also contact us with any queries. We will be adding new races throughout the year. If you are coming to Portugal to watch or compete in a race we can arrange accommodation, car hire and activities for family members at highly competitive rates so please contact us for any help or queries regarding running in Portugal.

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Running in Portugal Race Calendar



2016

January February March April May June July August September October November December

January
  • 9th to 10th Madeira Orienteering Meeting three days of orienteering open to all, aventuramadeira@gmail.com.
  • 17th Manuela Machado Half Marathon, Viana do Castelo, all in a good cause! entries: diogo.machado@mmviana.com
  • 23rd Trail Escoteiros de Beja trail run fundraising for the scouts, 47km, 23km and 13km, grupo234@escoteiros.pt
  • 23rd 10km Lisboa a Mexer, road race Lisbon, sign up
  • 30th Trilhos dos Abutres, 25km and 50km challenging but spectacular trail run, geral@abutres.net
  • 31st Funchal Marathon, Madeira also a half marathon and 6.3km run, a mercifully flat road race in the stunning surroundings of Madeira island, geral_aaram@atletismomadeira.pt
  • 31st Ultra Trail Povoa de Vazim 15km, 30km, 45km, cdcn@portugalmail.pt
  • 31st Corrida Fim da Europa, probably the most beautiful race you could do this January! Nominated one of the world's ultimate running races this 17km road race takes you between the moutains and the sea- the name means at the end of Europe! sign up!

  • February

  • 7th Cascais 20km, beautiful coastal road race within easy reach of Lisbon, info@20kmcascais.pt
  • 13th Corrida dos Namorados, a fun 6km race in Lisbon for Valentine's Day - the women set off 3 minutes earlier than the men who have to try and catch up! info@xistarca.pt
  • 14th Santo Thyrso Ultra Trail 2016, 50km, 27km, 15km trail run in Santo Tirso, nast.trail@gmail.com
  • 14th Antonio Pinto Half Marathon, Amarante, meiaamarante@gmail.com
  • 14th Trail Serra do Branco, 30km, 18km trail run near Leiria, info@trailserradobranco.com
  • 21st Grande Prémio de Atletismo Eirapedrense, 14km road race, Fatima, gp.eirapedrense@gmail.com
  • 21st Trail da Franqueira 2016, 25km, 15km Barcelos, diogo.machado@cyclonessports.com
  • 28th Corrida & Caminhada da Paz Liberty Seguros 10.5km run, 8.5km walk, Fatima, inscricoes@gaf.org.pt
  • 26th to 28th Challenge Caparica Running Weekend 3 days of races in a dramatic coastal setting, 26th Feb: 5km beach race, 27th Feb: 5km cross country race, 28th Feb: 10km road race, inscricoes@xistarca.pt

  • March

  • 5th Trilhos do Javali nocturnal 15km trail run, Arrabida natural park, near Setubal, amcf.arrabidatrail@gmail.com
  • 6th Trail Running Canha 25km, 13km trail runs near Setubal, geral@acorrer.pt
  • 6th Corrida Salesianos, Belem 10km road race near Lisbon, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 6th Corrida das Lezírias 15.5km and 5km road races in Vila Franca de Xira, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 7th 23km and 10km Costa Saloia Trail Run, beautiful coastal route near Mucifal, Colares, infotrilhoperdido@gmail.com
  • 12th Território Circuito Centro 2016, Vila de Rei, 20km, 40km, 60km trail run
  • 13th Petrus Run 10km road race in Pedroso, Vila Nova de Gaia petrusrun.clubespiridondegaia@gmail.com
  • 13th 10km Fathers' Day Run, Porto
  • 19th to 20th 4th Trilhos do Paleozóico, 48km, 23km and 12km trail run near Valongo, stunning, mountain course, info@trilhopaleozoico.com
  • 19th Vitalis 7km, Jamor, a warm up for the half marathon! Lisbon
  • 20th Lisbon Half Marathon, the iconic half marathon, also a 5 mile mini marathon, Almada, Lisbon sign up
  • 20th 14th Trilhos de Mogadouro - Almond blossom trail, 20.80km Valverde, Mogadouro, tbc
  • 25th to 27th Algarve Challenge, in Castro Marim, the traditional Easter event: 3 days, 3 races: 25th 4.5km cross country, 26th 5km on beach, 27th half marathon, do all three or just one! Accommodation available, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 26th Trail AldE’A Isabelinha, 18km, Viatodos, Barcelos, info@aldea.pt

  • April

  • 2nd 100k Portugal, 100km, also marathon and relay marathon, Lousada near Porto, more info
  • 2nd 4th INATEL Piódão Trail Running, 50km, 21km, 15km Piódão, Arganil, inatel.piodao@inatel.pt
  • 3rd Trilhos de Almeirim, 17km or 30km trail run, Almeirim, geral@clac.pt
  • 3rd Corrida Cidade de Aveiro, 10km road race,
  • 3rd Monsaraz Trail Running, 30km, 15km trail runs by the picture postcard medieval town of Monsaraz, geral@acorrer.pt
  • 3rd BMCar Half Marathon road race, also 10km and 6km, Barcelos, info@amigosdamontanha.com
  • 9th Território Circuito Centro 40km, 20km trail run, Castelo Branco geral@horizontes.com.pt
  • 9th to 10th Trailagares 42km, 28km, 17km, 10km trail runs, Penafiel, amigosdopedal07@gmail.com
  • 10th Trail do Baixo Guadiana 30km, 20km, 12km trail runs, Castro Marim, Algarve, trailrunners43@gmail.com
  • 12th 77th Estafeta Cascais-Oeiras-Lisbon 20km, Portugal's oldest road race! inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 17th Trail Corno da Cabra 2016 30km, 17km train run, Pataias, trilhos@coc.pt
  • 20th Madeira Island Ultra Trail take on this challenging 115 km on spectacular but mountainous tracks around Porto Moniz, Machico, Encumeada, Ruivo (1861 m) and Areeiro. details and entries
  • 24thColour Run, Coimbra 5km run or walk in the rainbow! info@thecolorrun.pt
  • 24th April to 1st May Peneda Geres Trail Adventure the ultimate trail running week, stay for 8 days, 5 days, 3 days or just come for one race, races from 20km to 280km in Portugal's stunning national park sign up!

  • May

  • 7th Lisboa Triathlon half ironman distance, lisboatriathlon@gmail.com
  • 7th Caminhos de Mellares Nocturnal Trail 17km trail run, 9km walk, near Porto, geral@almadouro.com
  • 8th Wings for Life World Run 35 locations, six continents and one simultaneous race! The Portugal one is in Porto, sign up!
  • 8th Lagos Half Marathon, Algarve, olimpicoclubedelagos@hotmail.com
  • 8th Meia Maratona da Areia, Beach Half Marathon also 10km, Setubal, more info
  • 8th Ultra Trail Serra do Alvão 50km, 25km, 12km trail runs, near Vila Real, plifesensations@hotmail.com
  • 8th Alegro Half Marathon Setubal, info@alegromeiamaratonadesetubal.pt
  • 14th Ultra Trail Serra de São Mamede 100km, 60km, 25km, Portalegre, acportalegre@gmail.com
  • 15th Douro Half Marathon one of the world's most beautiful half marathons, there is also a 6km race, sign up!
  • 15th Luso Trail 25km, 15km, 9km, sign up!
  • 21st to 22nd Estrela Grand Trail 85km and 25km race and hike in fantastic mountain scenery, geral@estrelagrandetrail.pt
  • 21st Corrida do Ambiente night race 10km race and 4km walk, Sintra, inscricoes@xistarca.pt, tbc
  • 22nd Corrida Cidade de Alverca 10km race, Alverca near Lisbon, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 28th Azores Trail Run 22km and 48km runs through breathtaking surroundings (in both senses of the word!), Faial, Azores, azorestrailrun@azorestrailrun.com
  • 29th Trail da Raposa 55km, 33km, 16km, 12km, Cidade de Paredes, geral@parjovem.pt
  • 29th Ao Tom d´Ella - Trail Running 30km, 15km, 12km, Tondela, Viseu

  • June

  • 3rd Oh Meu Deus - Ultra Trail Serra da Estrela 163km (100 miles), 102km, 68.25km, 41.3km, 21.79km, Seia, Guarda, sign up!
  • 4th Amares Urban Fit 13km race with obstacles, eventos@lap2go.com
  • 4th Corrida de Santo António 10km race, Lisbon
  • 5th 6th Ultra de Sesimbra 50km, 21km, 15km, associacao.omundodacorrida@gmail.com
  • 10th X Ultra Maratona Caminhos do Tejo 144km, 57km, associacao.omundodacorrida@gmail.com
  • 11th Marginal à Noite 8km night run, Oeiras near Lisbon
  • 18th Lisbon Eco Marathon evening eco marathon and half marathon in the woodland paths of Monsanto, sign up!
  • 19th Ecologic Trail Run Azores 38km, 15km, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, ecologictrailrunazores@gmail.com
  • 26th D`Ouro Run Half Marathon also 10km and 5km, Gondomar near Porto info@eventsport.pt

  • July
    Not many runs in July and August because it's very hot!

  • 3rd Poco Negro Trail 21km, 10km, 8km trail run, Penafiel near Porto sign up!
  • 3rd Trail Expedicao ao S. Goncalo 25km, 15km trail race, Feitos, Barcelos, diogo.machado@mmviana.com
  • 9th Trail Vinha das Artes 21km, 14km, 10km trail race, Sobreira near Porto, vinhadasartes@gmail.com
  • 24th Ultra Trail Porto da Cruz Natura 43km, 22km, 10km trail race, Sobreira near Porto, trail.natura@gmail.com

  • August
    Not many runs in July and August because it's very hot!

  • 7th Trilhos Rocha da Pena, Loule 50km trail race in the Algarve.
  • 13th Trail Noturno Lagoa de Obidos 28km nocturnal trail.
  • 14th and 15th Ponta do Sol Madeira Trail Series
  • 18th to 21st Pt281+ Ultramarathon 281km race along spectacular but challenging trails! geral@horizontes.com.pt
  • br> September

  • 3rd and 4th September Madeira Trail Runs 11km and 23km trail run, Santa Cruz, Madeira, trailsantacruz@gmail.com
  • 10th September Corrida Jumbo 10km and 5km race
  • 18th September Porto Half Marathon, also 6km, find out more
  • 24th and 25th September Grande Trail da Serra D'Arga 2016 a whole weekend of challenges including 53km, 33km, 23km, 13km trail runs and vertical races in beautiful, mountainous Northern Portugal sign up!
  • 25th September Madeira Uphill 2000 promoting itself as the toughest half marathon in Europe- you've been warned! Also a 10km, Funchal, Madeira, sign up!
  • tbc Grande Premio de Atletismo da Amieirinha 9.6km, Marinha Grande
  • tbc Trailouco Noturno da UDCA nocturnal trail run, 15km, 30km, Vila Franca de Xira
  • tbc Corrida das Vindimas 10km Cartaxo
  • tbc Marginal à Noite 8km night run, Matosinhos
  • tbc 2º Trail do Dragão 15km, 30km, Arrabal, Leiria
  • tbc Corrida do Aeroporto 10km, Lisbon
  • tbc Global Energy Bimbo - Lisboa corre pela Paz 10km run for peace, Lisbon

  • October

  • 2nd October Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Lisbon also half marathon and mini marathon, sign up!
  • tbc Douro Ultra Trail 2016 15km, 45km, 80km trail run, sign up!
  • 8th October Duratrail 25km hilly trail run in Arrabida natural park, Setubal, geral@lap2go.com
  • 9th October tbc 6th Corrida da Água 10km, Lisbon
  • 9th October Trail da Guarita 2016 25km, 15km, 10km trail, Vila Cova, Barcelos, diogo.machado@cyclonessports.com
  • tbc Corrida do Parque à Noite 2016 8km park night run, geral@runporto.com
  • 16th October Epic Trail Run Azores 15km, 21km, 45km trail run, Sao Miguel, Azores, geral@epictrailrunazores.com
  • 16th October Coimbra Trail 30km, 15km trail race, coimbratrail@gmail.com
  • 29th October Trail World Championship, Geres, Northern Portugal find out more
  • tbc Trail da Srª do Salto 12km, 21km trail run, Recarei, Paredes, desportave@desportave.pt
  • tbc Meia Maratona Ribeirinha da Moita half marathon, Moita, cabb@cabb.pt,
  • tbc 2ª Meia Maratona de Coimbra Coimbra half marathon, sign up!

  • November

  • 6th November Porto Marathon also 16km and 6km races, sign up!
  • 14th November Trail do Zêzere 70km, 35km, 20km runs, 15km walk and kids' trails from 1km to 2km, Ferreira do Zêzere, traildozezere@gmail.com.
  • 14th November Circuito Lisboa a Mexer 10km urban trail, Monsanto, Lisbon, free entry!
  • 15th November Tavira Half Marathon sign up.
  • 21st November Câmara de Lobos Trail, Madeira 47km, 22km, 8.50km trail runs, trailcamaradelobos@gmail.com
  • 22nd November 6th Trail Amigos da Montanha 65km, 35km, 18km trail, Barcelos, info@amigosdamontanha.com
  • 22nd November Evora Half Marathon also a 10km option,info@globalsport.pt
  • 28th November 3º Trail Transfronteiriço de Barrancos 55km, 25km trail run crossing the Spanish/Portuguese border, also 12km walk, associacao.omundodacorrida@gmail.com
  • 28th November 2nd Run Against Hunger 10km road run, Lisbon, entries.
  • tbc Geres Marathon The world's toughest road marathon! Also 21km, 13.50km, 8km options, organised by Carlos Sa one of Portugal and the world's top ultra runners.more info.

  • December

  • 5th December Valongo Nocturnal Trail 18km, Valongo, geral@lap2go.com.
  • 6th December Silvestre Trail 42km, 25km, 12km trail, nr Viano do Castelo, trailssilvestre@hotmail.com
  • 6th December Trail Run Ermegeira e Mataçães 24km, 14km, 12km, turrestrail@gmail.com
  • 6th December 2nd Trail de Fatima 30km, 15km trail run nr Fatima, geral@triatlodefatima.com
  • 6th December Meia Maratona dos Descobrimentos half marathon road run, also a 10km, Lisbon, sign up before 2nd
  • 8th December Grande Prémio de Santa Bárbara 10km, Aljustrel, Alentejo, narm.messejana@hotmail.com
  • 12th December Trilhos da Javali 15km run or 8km walk through the Serra da Arrabida natural park, Setubal, amcf.arrabidatrail@gmail.com
  • 12th December 4th Leiria Xmas Night Trail 25km or 12km trail run, secretaria@offtelrunners.pt
  • 13th December 58th Grande Premio de Natal 10km road race, Lisbon entries.
  • 19th December Ericeira Trail Run 2015 51km, 26km, horizonteseventos@gmail.com
  • 19th December Sao Silvestre Runs 10km runs in Lousada, Vila do Conde, Ovar, Torres Novas and Gondomar, also on 20th in Portalegre please ask us for more details
  • 20th December Trail do Cabo Espichel Sport Life 30km, 15km trail race, Sesimbra sign up!
  • 20th December Amarante Christmas Trail sign up!
  • 20th December Sao Silvestre de Santa Maria Maior 10km run in the heart of Lisbon, geral@acorrer.pt
  • 20th December 3rd Xmas Trail 18km, 10km trail run, Matosinhos nr Porto, sold out!
  • 26th December Sao Silvestre Lisboa 10km run, Lisbon, info@saosilvestredelisboa.com
  • 26th to 31st December Sao Silvestre Runs in Batalha, Amares, Coimbra, Porto, Lisbon, Amadora, Quarteira and more towns please ask for details


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