Portugal Sport and Adventure

Run in Portugal

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.

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 where possible we have included an email address for entries or more information, please also contact us with any queries. 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


July August September October November December

  • 4th Seixal Night Run Sao Pedro 2014, 4.8km, from 9.30pm, free, sign up: asseixal@gmail.com
  • 5th Onryia Running Challenge , runners will be running from Cascais to the Algarve to raise money for a leukemia charity, you can join the first 4km or 10km in Cascais, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 11th Corrida Let's Go Vilamoura, nocturnal run, fantastic route, half on the beach, meet at CIMAV sailing club at the end of the marina, 8.30pm, free
  • 12th Trail do Capador 8km or 18km trail run, walking and mountain bike route also available, www.offcrono.pt/portal/evento/inicio/trailcapado
  • 12th Corrida da Lagoa de Santo Andre 10km run, 6pm, near Setubal, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 12th Beja Castelo Challenge - Urban Trail 10km run, 7pm, Beja, geral@acorrer.pt
  • 12th Legua Nocturna, Odivelas night run, 5km, 9pm, Odivelas, geral@jf-odivelas.pt
  • 12th Corrida dos Gambuzinos 5km, 9.20pm, Pombal, eventos@lap2go.com
  • 12th, 19th and 26th Marginal A Noite night runs near Porto, 8km, geral@runporto.com
  • 13th Ultra Trail do Douro e Paiva 60km, 30km, 18km or 10km, Cinfaes, promises to be hard but beautiful! eventos@lap2go.com
  • 13th Trail Machico 36km or 18km, Machico, Madeira, another spectacular trail run! http://madeirautil.com/ludensmachico.pt/trailmx/
  • 19th Ultra Trail Sintra Monta de Lua run, 50km or 25km, Sintra, beautiful forest run near Lisbon, geral@horizontes.com.pt
  • 19th Sunset Trail Sao Pedro de Moel, 25km or 10km, 6pm start, geral@offtelrunners.pt
  • 19th, 26th, 2nd August Sunset Trails Valongo, Supresa, Esposende,info@callofthewild.pt
  • 19th Corrida Popular Costa Nova Ilhavo
  • 19th Glow Run nocturnal run with glow bands etc, 5km, Almada, geral@artstation.pt
  • 19th Neon Run and another nocturnal run with glow bands etc, 5km, Caldas da Rainha, www.neonrun.pt
  • 20th Trail Bracara 28km or 14km, Braga, eventos@lap2go.com
  • 20th Memorial Francisco Lazaro 10km, Benfica, Lisbon, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 26th Trilho de S. Tome 23km, Figueira da Foz, http://www.mountaintrails.pt/
  • 26th Prémio de Montanha Senhora da Graça 12km or 8km, Mondim de Basto nr Vila Real, aavilareal@sapo.pt
  • 26th Atlântica Ultra Marathon 43km run on the Alentejo coast more info informacao@cm-grandola.pt
  • 26th Jumbo Night Run Portimao, 10km or 5km, night run Algarve International Race Track, info@corridajumpo.pt
  • 27th I Need Run 9km run and obstacle race, Algoz, nr Faro, more info:corrida.ineedrun@gmail.com
  • 27th Atlântica Ultra Marathon 43km run on the Alentejo coast more info informacao@cm-grandola.pt

  • August
    Not many runs because it's hot!

  • 2nd Nocturnal Trail run, Obidos Lagoon 50km or 25km in a magical setting, more info: caob@sapo.pt
  • 3rd Expofacic Beach Half Marathon Praia da Tocha, info geral@scc.pt
  • 10th Colour Run, Portimao 5km, 8pm, Praia da Rocha, wear a white t-shirt to get covered in colours! http://www.bilheteiraonline.pt/Comprar/Bilhetes/19584/119704/Equipa
  • 16th Benfeita Trail info geral@scc.pt

  • September

  • 1st Nocturnal Trail Run 15km run, near Palmela, more info: dinnamota@gmail.com
  • 6th tbc São João das Lampas Half Marathon Sintra (near Lisbon), info@lampas.org
  • 6th 10km Tagarro inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 6th and 7th Ultra Skymarathon 59km, 21km, 11km Santana, Madeira, more info: madeiraskyrunning@gmail.com
  • 6th Grande Prémio Nossa Senhora das Dores, 8km Avelo nr Barcelos,atletismo@desportave.pt
  • 12th Porto Sportzone Half Marathon more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 13th and 14th Ultra Trail Douro 80km, 40km, 15km, amazing (hilly) scenery in Portugal's wine country, info@nexplore.pt
  • 14th 4 Estacoes 12km, Coimbra, more info: www.associacaomundodacorrida.com
  • 14th Corrida do Tejo 10km run one of the most popular 10km in the Lisbon area, Alges, geral@corridadotejo.com
  • 20th Glow Run nocturnal run with glow bands etc, 5km, Coimbra, geral@artstation.pt
  • 20th and 21st 24 horas a correr! 24 hours to Run! 24 hour to run in team or individuals, take breaks when you need to, the winner is the individual or team who have run the furthest in the 24hrs! Each team memeber must run at least 2km, Vale de Cambra, geral@24hportugal.com
  • 21st Ultra Trail, Sardoal, Santarem, more info: trail.sardao@sapo.pt
  • 21st Beach Run, Esposende
  • 27th Colour Run, Porto 5km, wear a white t-shirt to get covered in colours! http://www.bilheteiraonline.pt/Comprar/Bilhetes/19584/119704/Equipa
  • 28th Corrida do Parque a Noite, nocturnal park run, Porto, more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 28th Corrida do Homen e da Mulher, Men vs Women running race, Maia, nr Porto, more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 28th Grande Trail, Serra D'Arga 53km, 33km, 20km, 4.5km, Gêres, more info: grandetrailserradearga@gmail.com

  • October

  • 4th Glow Run nocturnal run with glow bands etc, 5km, Viseu, geral@artstation.pt
  • 5th Rock n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, Lisbon , this should be very cool with live bands along the way, a flat, picturesque route, also 5.5km mini marathon. sign up!
  • 5th Half Marathon, Ovar www.avis.pt
  • 5th Urban Trail with Obstacles Entroncamento, more info: apmcobesidade@gmail.com
  • 5th Volta a Campanha, 10km or 5km, Campanha nr Porto, more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 12th Vila do Conde Marginal, 10km, Vila do Conde nr Porto, more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 12th Corrida Pedro e Ines 10km, Coimbra, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • tbc Mamamaratona 8km or 5km race for life to raise money for cancer research, Portimão 10am
  • 19th Healthy Bones Run Porto, more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 19th Colour Run, Leiria 5km, wear a white t-shirt to get covered in colours! http://www.bilheteiraonline.pt/Comprar/Bilhetes/19584/119704/Equipa

  • November

  • 2nd Porto Marathon more info: geral@runporto.com
  • 30th Famalicao Half Marathon more info: geral@runporto.com
  • tbc Corre Jamor 9km Run Jamor Sports Centre, Oeiras 10.30am

  • December

  • 7th Discoveries Half Marathonalso 10km and relay, Lisbon, info@running-portugal.com
  • 14th São Silvestre Run Porto, more info: geral@runporto.com
  • tbc São Silvestre 10km and 5km Run Lisbon

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