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19-21 April 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

35. Can I ask help from competitors?

Every competitor should be able to move on by himself/herself unless he/she is really in a bad situation. The point of the competition is to be self-sufficient. It is also a wise behaviour to know your own limits and ask for help before you are completely exhausted.

36. Can I ask other competitors for support if I run out of water or food? Can I support them? Do I get disqualified by doing it?

Becoming “running companion” is a situation often seen in ultra-marathons. You don’t get disqualified by helping each other but every participant is responsible for his/her decisions. You should aim to complete the race by being self-sufficient.

37. Is there a changing room or showers at start-finish area?

There is no changing room or shower at Iznik start-finish area but you can use the ones in the boathouse which is 1 km away.

38. Is it allowed to use music player? Can I carry a camera?

Competitors can listen to music with headphones if they want to but not with speakers. It is allowed to bring a camera and film your experience.

39. Will there be transportation between the start points and Iznik?

Yes, you will be transported from Iznik to the start point since there are 3 different start points for 3 different courses this year. There is limited place for parking, so we kindly ask you to come by walking to start point / transfer point (Iznik).

40. Will there be food at the finish point?

There will be a “mini” point and you will get a coupon for a restaurant which is less than 1 km away.

41. Can I give my water bottle to get it back from a checkpoint I decide?

You can leave your bag pack to get it from 60km checkpoint. That is the only point for that.

42. I am afraid of height, is there a dangerous rock traverse of cliff?

No, there is not a dangerous point or cliff at the course.

43. Will there be a fair before or after the run? Will there be a sale?

There won’t be a Marathon Expo. It is planned to sell some equipments and food for the ultra-run at the registration point. There will be some stands for the last minute shopping but this information will be certain at the end of March.

44. Will there be a sale for memorial goods? Mugs, t-shirts, key holders, bags etc.

It is planned to sell some limited edition souvenirs for IUM. It will be announced at the end of March.

45. Where can I get my registration number from?

You can get your number and chip from IUM registration centre on 15-16 of April or 17 of April between 06:00 – 06:30.

46. Is it required to have a licence to register?

You need to have a sport licence or medical report which indicates it is ok for you to run.

47. I already run often and am healthy, do I still need the medical report?

You are legally obligated to present a document that proves you are healthy enough to participate.

48. Can I get a medical report in Iznik? Is there a health care centre or hospital?

In order to complete your registration you need to present your licence or medical report. We don’t have any agreement with any health care centre in Iznik. There is no place to have an effort test in Iznik.

49. I want to collect donations, is there a discount if I collect donations?

A lot of people who is in the organization committee also collect donation by running for Adım Adım. We support to collect donation but we cannot make any discount for that.

51. I want to participate Iznik Ultra Marathon. How can I train?

Ultra marathon trainings requires even more personalized schedule than other trainings. There is no short and simple answer for that. You can read different books and ask to other people’s advice who is already experienced in this field. There are some important topic you should be careful about:

Time Based Training: Duration of the training is the most exhausting part for beginners. Instead of running with a high pace try to run with a low pace for a longer time.

Running equipments and weight: You need to get used to carrying your equipment in a backpack for hours. Running with backpack prevents back pain. If you are going to use baton, you should get familiar to use and adjust it. If you haven’t been running with a backpack before, you should increase the weight in steps. You should get used to your running clothes and equipments.

Training load in a row: Most ultra-runners make long trainings in a row per week. You prepare your body with a continuous 2-3 hours of walk at first day and 2-4 hours of walk with breaks at second day for a 60 km run which may last 6-8 hours.

Resting and cross training: If you are new to long trainings, it is recommended to increase the training load in steps. You should do trainings which doesn’t tire running related muscles and joints along with cycling, swimming, fitness, walking with backpack. You should get enough rest and recover after trainings as you always should.

Getting used to ground and circumstances: If it is a trail race you should do at least a training per week on a similar ground. If there is a hill in the race then you should train in a course which has steep stages and maybe you should also do a hill training. If it is expected to rain then you should do a training under the rain with full equipment. If there is a chance that the race can be in dark then you should trains in night without lightning.

Nutrition: You definitely should bring some food along with water for the races longer than 3 hours. Try some food which is easier to consume on a long training and let your body get used to it. Don’t forget to eat and drink less but frequently. Feed yourself on the move.

Strategy: Ultra marathon is a strategy game. Nutrition, pace, equipment, replenishment, motivation are some of the topics you should plan beforehand.

Slowly but consistently: The basic strategy of ultra-marathons is continuity. Moving slower but consistently is faster than moving faster and stopping. Lots of ultra-runners experience some problems because they are simply “too fast” at the first 40-50 km of the race. You should have a pace which would allow you to feed without or barely stopping. Don’t hesitate to go walking stages. You will stay warm both physically and mentally by keep moving.

Divide it: 8 hours or 24 hours are long time intervals. You should divide the race into smaller stages (mostly using checkpoints) and plan every stage. You should not be focused on the last 100 km or 22 hours, you should be focused on the last 15 km of that stage or 2 hours and countdown from that.

Psychological preparation: “If the mind believes it body follows”. This is what most ultra-runners believe. Person who doesn’t believe himself/herself cannot find the strength to move on even though he/she is physically capable of doing it.

Getting ready for the unknown: Within 7-8 hours or 100km anything can happen. Make a detailed plan all you like but surprises can happen on the day of race. You should be flexible, motivated and keep moving under unexpected conditions. You should keep yourself busy all the time with little mind games and focus yourself to be successful.

Recognizing your limits: Ultra-marathon is race which pushes your limits. There are other participants on the race but everybody including the ones taking the first 3 places can only go until their own limits. You discover your own limits at your first ultra-marathons, and do it with a safety margin. Don’t break your body. It is a merit to be able to stop when aches and pains get stronger.

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Iznik Ultra is organized by Macera Akademisi- MCR Racesetter.
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