Smugglers' Race - Urdax

An ancient race with a new lease of life


The client

This race had usually been organised by the youth of the village of Urdazubi/Urdax but this time it was decided to count on Sportmadness to renew the race and carry out the project.   As this is a very suitable environment for mountain races and with so much tradition and history in the topic of smuggling, it was clear that a more professional approach to the management of the event was needed in order to achieve greater impact.

The project

On this occasion, a race with distances and characteristics similar to those of previous editions (13.6 miles) was maintained. The characteristic smuggler's sack that runners must wear was also present at the start and finish line.   As a novelty, and trying to honour the neighbours of the area, a 6 miles night race was created. Something that is closer to the history of smuggling and which in turn adds a great attraction to the event. In addition, for the most adventurous, there was the possibility of running both races.   There were two days with a great atmosphere, both for runners and spectators thanks to musicians, birds of prey that were part of the starting gun shot, several lunches, prize giving and giveaways that enlivened the event.

The results

The event was attended by a total of 160 participants in both races who came mainly from nearby towns. The finish line area located in the town square also attracted spectators who provided a great atmosphere for the race, together with the large number of volunteers, which made the event even more attractive.   The feedback received from the participants has been very positive, highlighting aspects like the marking and choice of the route, trophies, the atmosphere, the large number of volunteers along the route, the lunch at the end of the races or giveaways among others, which were stated to have been very well cared for.

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