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A running trip to Portugal is definitely worthwhile.

Thanks to the many coastal cities, such as Lisbon and Porto, you can easily combine participation in a running event with a beach vacation. But you won't miss beautiful trails in Portugal either.

The country of ten million inhabitants is known for its successful soccer. Stars like Eusébio, Luis Figo and of course Christiano Ronaldo were and still are among the world's best soccer players. The latter also played a major role in the Portuguese national soccer team winning its first major title on the international stage at the 2016 European Championships in France.

In athletics, Portugal's strengths lie in long-distance runners. Carlos Lopes, for example, was responsible for Portugal's first Olympic victory in 1984 when he won the marathon at the Olympics. His counterpart is Rosa Mota. The runner became Olympic champion four years later at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She also won the Boston Marathon three times, the Chicago Marathon once, the Tokyo Marathon once and the London Marathon once.

The biggest running events in Portugal

The most internationally known running event in Lisbon is the "Meia Maratona de Lisboa" or "Lisbon Half Marathon". First held in 1991, the half marathon has even been the scene of half marathon world records. In 2010, Zersenay Tadese managed the fastest time ever run over the 21.1 kilometers with 58:23 minutes. The world record held for eight years by the runner from Eritrea. In 2021, Jacob Kiplimo achieved the first time under 58 minutes over the half marathon distance with 57:31 minutes at the Lisbon Half Marathon.

Every year, more than 10,000 runners take part in the half marathon.

You can run a marathon in the Portuguese capital at the Lisbon Eco Marathon. The running event is held in the spring. Other well-known marathons include the Maratona do Funchal (Funchal Marathon) in January, the Maratona de Lisboa (Lisbon Marathon) in October and the Maratona do Porto (Porto Marathon) in November.

More running and triathlon tips in Portugal

Apart from the city runs, there are several other interesting endurance events in Portugal. For example, there is the Madeira Island Ultra Trail. This is an ultra trail of up to 115 kilometers on the island of Madeira. It is one of the best-known ultra trails in Europe outside the Alps. Another popular event in Madeira is the Madeira Skyrace.

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Triathletes have the opportunity to participate in Challenge Lisboa in May and IRONMAN 70.3 Cascais in November. Both competitions are middle distances.

All Running Races in Portugal (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2024 in Portugal

Funchal Marathon - Maratona do Funchal

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Funchal
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Louzantrail

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Louza
Distance of the race 43 km (3.000 Hm) / 29 km (2.000 Hm) / 16 km (1.260 Hm) / 11 km (800 Hm)

Setúbal Triathlon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Setúbal
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance)

Lisbon Eco Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lissabon
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 12 km

MIUT® - Madeira Island Ultra-Trail®

 
1
Date of the race | 00:00 Uhr
Location of the race Porto Moniz
Distance of the race 115 km (7.200 Hm) / 85 km / 60 km / 42 km / 16 km

Ultra Trail Cerveira

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vila Nova de Cerveira
Distance of the race 46 km (3.700 Hm) / 21 km (1.745 Hm) / 15 km

Sky Marathon Montejunto - Hard Trail Montejunto

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cadaval
Distance of the race 36 km (2.600 Hm) / 26 km (2.000 Hm) / 16 km (1.200 Hm) / 10 km (800 Hm)

Serra Amarela Sky Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Entre Ambos-os-Rios
Distance of the race 48 km (2.800 Hm) / 33 km (1.900 Hm) / 23 km (1.200 Hm) / 15 km (670 Hm) / 9 km

Oh Meu Deus Ultra Trail

 
1
Date of the race |
Location of the race Seia
Distance of the race 161,4 km (8.331 Hm) / 101,7 km / 54 km / 26,8 km

Arada Skyrace

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Viseu
Distance of the race 27 km (2.400 Hm) / 12 km (1.000 Hm)

Madeira Skyrace

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Santana
Distance of the race 55 km (4.100 Hm) / 23 km / 13 km / 4,8 km (1.003 Hm)

Ultra Trail Douro-Paiva - Douro Skyrunning

 
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vila Nova de Gaia
Distance of the race 68 km / 42 km / 24 km / 21 km / 11 km

Freita Skyrunning

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Caldas da Felgueira
Distance of the race 42 km (2.800 Hm) / 25 km (1.400 Hm) / 4 km (850 Hm)

LouzanSkyRace

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lousã
Distance of the race 25 km (2.100 Hm) / 18 km

IRONMAN Portugal - Cascais

 
Date of the race | 07:27 Uhr
Location of the race Cascais
Distance of the race Langdistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Cascais, Portugal

 
Date of the race | 07:27 Uhr
Location of the race Cascais
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Ironkids

Azores Trail Run: Volcanoes Trail

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Horta
Distance of the race 26,5km (2.400 Hm) + 28,8 km (1.700 Hm) + 30,9 km (1.453 Hm)

Maratona do Porto (Porto-Marathon)

 
2
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Porto
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 10 km / 6 km

Pisão Extreme

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Serra da Arada
Distance of the race 65 km (6.500 Hm) / 35 km (3.500 Hm) / 20 km (1.850 Hm) / 10 km (800 Hm)

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