Who can take part?
Although MammothMarch will test you both mentally and physically, you don’t already need to be an avid hiker (or even marathon runner). If you are in good health and mentally strong, you're halfway there. Please find more information about how to prepare in our helpful blog posts.
What is the minimum age to register?
The minimum age required to take part in all our events is 16 years.
Can I bring my dog?
Almost all our events are dog-friendly as long as your furry friend is leashed for the whole duration of the event. 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/maximum speed? Can I run the course?
MammothMarch is a hike, not a running event. We recommend walking at a pace between 2-4 mph, 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 or run parts of it, just bear in mind that the refreshment stations might not be up and running yet.
Although we don't enforce a cut-off time, we do have a sweeper crew, our "Final Mammoths" walking close behind the last group of participants. They make sure everyone makes it safely to the next rest stop or ultimately the finish line. However, they will strongly encourage you to take the shuttle back to our venue in case you risk finishing after sunset or way too late. Either way, we will wait for up to 3 hours after the 8/12 hour mark.
What service can I expect along the route?
Technically, you don't need to bring anything but your refillable water bottle as we take care of you! However, if you have any food allergies or can't hike without your "go to" snack, we recommend packing a few of those items as well as water for the first couple of miles.
Most 20-mile events feature 1-2 water stops (refill stations) including porta potties/hand sanitizer. In addition, you will find 2 fully stacked aid stations that feature the following:
Water and other drinks, e.g. electrolytes, energy drinks, coffee, tea
Fruits and snacks, e.g. bananas, apples, cereal bars, protein bars, sandwiches, biscuits
Portable toilets as well as hand sanitizer
Our 30-mile events have one additional aid station midway through the last 10 miles (as well as one more water refill station).
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 hike?
No. Your health and safety is our highest priority. We will provide medical service along the route to assist with any physical issues 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, you can drop out at designated drop-out spots (usually all our water/aid stations). We offer an on-demand shuttle to make sure everyone gets 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.
Do you offer refunds?
Upon registration, a third-party provider (RegShield) offers to protect your ticket purchase against a variety of unforeseeable events when registering. They will issue a refund in case you're eligible (e.g. injuries, flight cancellations, etc.). Please find all the particulars upon registration. Please note that MammothMarch is in no way involved in this third-party option, but we think it’s worth mentioning as injuries, flight cancellations, etc. could affect your plans.
If you haven''t protected your ticket, you can still transfer your registration to another person free of charge up until 2 days before the event.
Are the tickets transferable?
Yes, you can transfer your ticket to another person up to 2 days before the event - always free of charge. All we need are the following details fo your replacement sent to firstname.lastname@example.org: Full name, address, date of birth, email, phone number
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 bottle/water bladder for refills at the refreshment stations (in our effort to reduce waste, 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 30-mile events 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.)
What does the route look like?
We always try to find the most varied route with lots of trails, paths, forest floor and stunning views, aiming for a single-circuit loop. However, for safety and logistical reasons shorter parts of the route can take place on sidewalks/shoulders, too. The terrain will also depend on the area our events are hosted. Please check each individual event for elevation gain and more details.
MammothMarch & Covid-19
With (almost) all restrictions lifted, we still make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable during their time spent at MammothMarch. While the nature of our event is being spread out in small groups to enjoy the outdoors, there are little to no changes to expected in case the situation worsens. If it does, we've got you covered so you don't have to cancel your long-awaited hiking adventure.
Send us an email at email@example.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.