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 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


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

  • 8th Vilamoura 1st Eco Half Marathon
  • 14th and 15th 3rd Trilhos do Paleozóico, 48km, 23km and 12km trail run sign up
  • 15th 10km Charity Run Refood Parque das Nações, Lisbon
  • 15th 10km Fathers' Day Run, Porto
  • 15th 10km Charity Run and Walk, Alfragide, Amadora
  • 15th 21km and 10km Costa Saloia Trail Run, Mucifal, Colares
  • 21st Vitalis 7km, Jamor, Lisbon
  • 22nd Lisbon Half Marathon, also a 5 mile mini marathon, Almada, Lisbon sign up
  • 22nd Almeirim Trail run, 17km or 30km, Almeirim
  • 22nd 20km Verde Run, Coimbra
  • 22nd 13th Trilhos de Mogadouro - Almond blossom trail, 20.80km Valverde, Mogadouro
  • 28th 3rd INATEL Piódão Trail Running, 50km, 21km, 15km Piódão, Arganil
  • 29th Monsaraz Trail Running, 25km, 12km Monsaraz
  • 29th Alvelos Trail Running, 25km, 15km Barcelos
  • 29th Corrida do Mar 2015, 10km, Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos
  • 29th 12 Km Salvaterra de Magos,
  • 29th Corrida do Mar 2015, 10km, Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos
  • 29th 10km Charity Run ISCPSI / APAV, Lisbon

  • April

  • 3rd Serra dos Candeeiros Trail, 42km, 21km, Pedreiras, Porto de Mós, details and entries
  • 3rd to 5th Algarve Challenge, in Castro Marim, 3 days, 3 races: 3rd April 5.5km cross country, 4th April 5km on beach, 5th April, half marathon, do all three or just one! Accommodation available, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 4th Trail AldE’A Isabelinha, 18km, Viatodos, Barcelos, info@aldea.pt
  • 4th Abitureiras Night Trail Running, 30km, 17km, geral@trilhoperdido.com
  • 4th Trail Terras do Lidador by Night, 18km, Maia, details and entries
  • 9th to 12th 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
  • 11th Território Circuito Centro 40km, 20km trail run, Serta near Tomar, geral@horizontes.com.pt
  • 11thPosta ao Bife 21km mountain road run, Arouca, info@congresstur.pt
  • 12th Trail de Serras de Fafe 23km, 13km, Aboim, Fafe
  • 12th 76th Estafeta Cascais-Oeiras-Lisbon 20km, Portugal's oldest road race! inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 12th Athletics Grand Prize 8.5km, 2.8km, Charneca de Caparica, aacc.chcaparica@sapo.pt
  • 26thColour Run, Coimbra run or walk in the rainbow! info@thecolorrun.pt
  • 26th 1st UNAPAMAS race 10km and 5km road races, Amadora, inscricoes@xistarca.pt

  • May

  • 1st to 3rd Madeira Orienteering Meeting three days of orienteering open to all, aventuramadeira@gmail.com.
  • 2nd Lisboa Triathlon half ironman distance, lisboatriathlon@gmail.com
  • 2nd Wings for Life World Run 35 locations, six continents and one simultaneous race! The Portugal one is in Porto, sign up!
  • 10th Corrida das Impostas picturesque 10km and 4km road race along the river bank to protest for fairer taxes! Lisbon, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 16th Colour Run, Cascais 5km run or walk in the rainbow! info@thecolorrun.pt
  • 17th Douro Half Marathon one of the world's most beautiful half marathons, there is also a 6km race, sign up!
  • 22nd to 24th Estrela Grand Trail 85km and 25km race and hike in fantastic mountain scenery, jpctrinidade@gmail.com
  • 23rd Corrida do Ambiente night race 10km race and 4km walk, Sintra, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 26th 1st Naval Base race 10km and 5km road races, Lisbon, inscricoes@xistarca.pt
  • 30th Colour Run, Braga 5km run or walk in the rainbow! info@thecolorrun.pt
  • 30th Azores Trail Run 22km and 48km runs through breathtaking surroundings (in both senses of the word!), Faial, Azores, azorestrailrun@azorestrailrun.com

  • June

  • 21st 2nd Air Base race 10km and 5km road races, Montijo, inscricoes@xistarca.pt

  • July

    Not many runs because it's hot!

  • 21st to 30th August Pt281+ Ultramarathon 281km race along spectacular but challenging trails! geral@horizontes.com.pt

  • October

  • 18th October Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Lisbon also half marathon and mini marathon, sign up!

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