Who can take part?
Although MammothMarch will test you both mentally and physically, you don’t already need to be an avid hiker or marathon runner. If you are in good health and mentally strong, you're halfway there. Please find more information about how to prepare below.
What is the minimum age to register?
The minimum age required to take part in all our events is 16 years.
What does the route look like?
We always try to find the most varied route with lots of trails, paths, forest floors and stunning views, aiming for a single-circuit loop. However, for safety and logistical reasons parts of the route can take place on sidewalks, too. The terrain will also depend on the area our events are hosted. Please check each individual event for elevation gain and more details.
Can I bring my dog?
Almost all our events are dog-friendly. However, please check each event individually. Here's an interesting blog post about MammothMarch with a dog, including rules, regulations and food for thought.
Directions – how do I know where to go?
All routes are clearly marked and we provide GPS data of the route in advance for you to navigate using your smartphone. In other words: You won’t get lost!
Is there a minimum speed? Can I run the course?
MammothMarch is not a running event. We recommend walking at a pace between 2-4 mi/h, with our refreshment stations along the route set up based on this average speed. You won’t be suspended from MammothMarch if you’re too fast. Just bear in mind that the refreshment stations might not be up and running yet.
There is also no “catcher car” preventing you from completing the march because you require a bit more time to finish the challenge of your life! We will wait for up to 2 hours after the 8/12 hour mark before we begin breaking down the finish area.
What service can I expect along the route?
At each of our numerous refreshment stations along the course as well as at the finish line you will find:
Water and other drinks, e.g. electrolytes, energy drinks, coffee, tea
Fruits and snacks, e.g. bananas, apples, cereal bars, protein bars, soup, biscuits
Portable toilets as well as hand sanitizers/disinfectants
At our MammothMarch20 events there is a minimum of two refreshment stations along the course.
At our MammothMarch30 events there is a minimum of three aid stops.
How to prepare for MammothMarch?
Walking is often not considered as sport – we’ll prove to you that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
We’ve got three quick tips how you can prepare for your first MammothMarch. Another interesting blog post about how to prepare for MammothMarch in less than 3 months or even less than 3 weeks can be found in our blog section.
1. Train, but don’t push too hard
You don’t need to force yourself to hike throughout the night while rain is pouring down. However, MammothMarch might be too difficult if you don’t prepare yourself at all. As soon as you’ve decided on an event (20 or 30 mi.), start by walking longer distances. Grab some snacks, something to drink and go for a 6 mi. walk on a Sunday morning. Listen to your body and especially your feet and muscles. Try pushing through your pain barrier one step at a time.
2. Choose your equipment wisely
Please find more about what to bring for MammothMarch below. Ensuring you have the right shoes and socks is obviously the most important part of your preparation and something you can only figure out for yourself. People that hike very long distances will feel comfortable and safe in different types of shoes such as light running, trail running, trekking shoes or hiking boots. Finding the right socks is just as important. They should fit perfectly, be well ventilated and not have any stitching on its soles.
3. Find your own rhythm
At MammothMarch we don’t track times, we only want you to reach the finish line. Always hike at a pace you’re comfortable with as this isn’t a competition. MammothMarch is all about the distance and not about setting a personal best record!
Do I need to finish the whole march?
No. Your health and safety is our highest priority. We will provide medical service along the route to assist with any physical problems you might experience. We also provide an emergency number should you require assistance - other than 911 in case of a severe emergency.
If you cannot finish the march, you can drop out at designated drop out spots (usually all our stations). We offer a shuttle service running irregularly/based upon need so everyone will get back to our main venue safely if not being able to finish the whole distance..
We’ll take care of you; all we ask is that you do the same and listen to your body!
What to wear?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution here. No single participant will feel comfortable in the same clothes. However, most participants wear multiple layers, allowing them to easily adapt to changing weather conditions. There's some more useful literature in our blog section.
What to bring?
Here are some mandatory items to bring:
Your ticket (either printed out or stored on your cell), stating your starting time
Drinking bottles/water bladder for refills at the refreshment stations (in our effort to become a zero- to low-waste event, we do not offer bottled water, but the option to fill and refill your own bottles at start, our aid stations as well as after crossing the finish line)
Cell phone (fully charged) and maybe a power bank to recharge during the hike. At least one of your group members should have our GPS coordinates stored. One of our signs can quickly be missed while your GPS app with our route always tells you if you're still on track
Headlight (mandatory for all MammothMarch30 events as well as if you want to continue hiking in case it's already dark)
We also recommend you consider packing the following items. However, you should use this as a framework and make changes based on your individual needs.
Backpack (capacity approx. 20-30 l)
Rain cover for your backpack
Trekking/hiking pants (e.g. with zip-off legs)
Functional base layer
Sun protection (headgear, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Vitamins & minerals (e.g. magnesium)
Headphones (for music, podcasts, etc.)
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