Mauna to Mauna Ultra

Where and when is the 2021 Mauna to Mauna Ultra?

The Race will take place on Hawaii Island, USA on 16 - 22 May 2021.

Where and when do we meet?

The time and exact location will be provided in due course. 

What is the cost of the Entry Fee?

Details of the entry fee and payment options can be found in the Race Entry Details on this site.

What is the format of the race?

The races will comprise 6 stages over 7 days, with overnight camps provided each night. The stages will vary in distance, ranging from approximately 8 miles (12 kms) to approximately 50 miles (80 kms). There will be cut-off times on each day, although these will be generous and will more than adequately accommodate athletes of various ability levels.

What does self-supported mean?

From the time you wake up on the morning of Stage 1 through to the morning of Stage 6 each participant will be responsible for carrying and utilizing all the equipment, clothing and food that are deemed necessary for the 7 day period to see you complete the event. That said, we will provide water at all checkpoints, hot water for breakfast and dinner at our overnight camps and we will provide the shelter (tents) at the camps as well. Other than that, runners are expected to know how to handle themselves without external support during the week. We will be available to answer all your questions and to provide information during the preparation time leading up to the race.

Do I need to know how to read a map, and a compass?

Compasses are required in the compulsory items list, and participants should know how to use them. However the course will be well marked and the need to use a compass or other navigation device brought by the runner (i.e. GPS) would only be anticipated in rare emergency situations where a participant might have become disoriented. Competitors are provided with a Race Course Book, which provides details of distances between checkpoints, elevation gains and losses, terrain, views, risks, interesting facts, stage maps and elevation profiles. Competitors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the information contained in the Race Course Book.

How much experience do I need of this type of race to compete?

Prequalification is required. The minimum qualification for entry is as follows. Either
1. A successful finish of the Grand to Grand Ultra and/or the Mauna to Mauna Ultra OR
2. A successful finish of two (2) 50km races in the previous two years OR
3. Accumulation of 6 UTMB points in the previous two years

How fit do I need to be to take part in the event?

Mauna to Mauna Ultra is a very challenging and grueling race. Competitors should have a high level of fitness. They must be prepared for extreme ranges of weather, varying from heat and high humidity to cold and rain, multiple climate zones including arid desert, temperate climate, wet and dry tropical. The terrain includes lava fields, grassland, sand and technical trails.

What should I include in my pack?

A mandatory items list is included on the web site, including the required food to be carried (minimum of 2000 calories per day, with the balance for the remaining days always being based on this figure). Participants are free to choose whatever additional clothing, gear, equipment, emergency and/or medical supplies that they wish to use throughout the week. How participants decide on a final list is very individual and based on personal experience. This is the sort of matter that is discussed and debated frequently on our Facebook Group page. We highly recommend you consult and contribute to the Group regularly in order to obtain the most comprehensive understanding of the options available. In general, pack weight at the start of the first Stage will typically range from 8kg to 10kg (17 to 22 lbs) depending on the size of the individual.

Will you store my main luggage?

You may store one large suitcase free of charge for the week at the event. Your suitcase will be stored after you check out of your hotel before you depart for Camp 1. You will be given detailed instructions on arrival as to the storage location. You will be reunited with your luggage when you return from the finish line at the end of the race.

What sort of food should I buy?

With weight being such a crucial factor for a self-supported event like this, de-hydrated meals and other light-weight snacks will be the preferred selection.

Can friends and family come to watch?

The remoteness of the area does not lend itself to spectator access and no allowance has been made for that eventuality. However, the public will be able to witness part of the race during the Long Stage at one location, details of which can be provided upon request. Friends and families will be able to attend both the Start and the Finish Line. Please contact us in advance should you wish to do this in order to receive directions and information on restrictions. Non-competitors will not be allowed on the course or at camps and checkpoints. In the event that non-competitors try to get on to the course (including camps and checkpoints) they will be asked to leave immediately. A wide range of outdoor options on Hawaii Island are available to friends and family members while the participants complete the event. Consult the website here for details.

Can I decide which stages I want to do?

No, all of the stages must be completed by the daily cut-off times, and in order. Anyone not finishing a stage will be disqualified and will no longer be allowed to participate.

How dangerous is the event?

Running long distances in extreme environments is by its very nature a taxing activity and therefore a serious health concern. The physical and mental challenges associated with participating in the event should be taken seriously; proper training and preparation are essential for ensuring the safest and most successful outcome.

Do you provide beds for us to sleep on in the tents?

No, participants are required to carry sleeping pads for use under their sleeping bags at night.

Should I be worried about snakes and creepy crawlies?

Hawaii Island is an evolutionary phenomenon with very few predators and creepy crawlies. Be prepared to meet some local geckos. Wild boars and feral cows are the only animals to be wary of. During the pre-race briefing, we will be addressing the best way to avoid encounters with potentially dangerous animals/plants, and the appropriate way to call for emergency aid in the event of an incident.

What happens if I am physically exhausted and cannot continue?

If a participant is incapacitated for any reason (exhaustion, injury, or other), they will be required to drop from the event and notify a Course official immediately. They will then be transported off the course by event staff or if, in the opinion of the Medical Director and Event Directors they are physically able, they may continue to volunteer for the remainder of the Event. Given the limited transportation available for moving staff and volunteers around the course, only a few competitors will be able to take up this option, at the discretion of the Event Directors. All those who DNF (did not finish) but remain on course either as unofficial racers or volunteers should be prepared to consume their own food.

Can I get my own room at the host hotel?

No.  Double occupancy rooms are provided for each participant in Hawaii as part of the entry fee.

What precautions have the Organizers taken to evacuate participants who are injured and need to reach a hospital?

Depending on the severity of an injury, the need to immobilize an injured participant, or the relative accessibility of an area where an injury might have taken place, the race officials have a range of options available for emergency response (4WD vehicles and helicopter).

What are the cut off times for each stage?

The cut off times will be 12 hours daily except for the Long Stage which will be 34 hours and Stage 6 which will be 2-4 hours, depending on staggered start times.
There will also be cutoff times for checkpoints.

What can I expect at each checkpoint?

Check points are provided mainly to distribute water rations and to confirm the progress and physical condition of the participants. Participants can also use the checkpoints for a short rest stop or to access equipment or supplies from their packs. Timekeepers will also be recording your time and will punch your Race Passport.  There will also be emergency supply of electrolytes, rubbish bags and hand sanitiser.  A medical doctor will be on hand at each checkpoint.

Will the Organizers be taking any official photographs?

Yes, professional photographers will be part of the race support team and they will be taking plenty of shots throughout the stages and at the camps. Thousands of photos will be taken of individuals, groups, action and landscapes so you can rely on these exclusively and not have to worry about bringing a camera. These photos will be made available for the participants to purchase and you will be notified in due course of the packages available.

Should I take my own camera?

Yes, absolutely. We encourage you to take your own still shot camera and take photos of some of the world's most beautiful and varied terrain. Please note however that we do not allow video cameras on the course. Any commercial use of such photographs is prohibited.

Can I use my mobile phone and will I get a signal?

No. The rules prohibit the use of mobile and satellite phones on the Course including at the campsites and checkpoints and cell coverage is in any case poor. Phones are banned so that all participants can enjoy the feeling of solitude and isolation. You should consider this an opportunity for a digital detox!

Is there a vegetarian option for the meals that are provided?

Yes, the meals included in the event will include vegetarian options.

I am travelling from outside the USA. Would you recommend that I fly into Kona?

Yes, Kona International Airport (KOA) is the preferred airport on Hawaii Island for international arrivals. There is a smaller airport in Hilo, but it is a 2-hour drive from Kailua-Kona, which is where the race HQ will be.

How do I get to Kona?

See How to Get to Hawaii Island in this website for details.

I would like to volunteer. Do I need to have previous experience?

Applicants with previous experience in similar outdoor events will be given priority. Please fill in our Volunteer Application form.

I would like to bring my spouse and family with me. Is there space at the hotels and is there anything for them to do while I am at the race?

There will be space at the event hotel on a first come first served basis. There are also a wide range of other accommodations to choose from, depending on your budget. There are a wide range of wonderful and exciting activities that friends and family members can take advantage of. See Activities on Hawaii Island for more information.

What weather should I expect in May?

Hawaii Island has 11 of the world's 13 climate zones. Our course will therefore be passing through a diverse range of weather and terrain. You will experience hot and humid, hot and dry, tropical, rainforest, arid, temperate and cool conditions. Altitude on the course will vary from sea level to over 2,000m. Temperatures on the course will vary from Hawaii Island has 11 of the world's 13 climate zones. Our course will therefore be passing through a diverse range of weather and terrain. You will experience hot and humid, hot and dry, tropical, rainforest, arid, temperate and cool conditions. Altitude on the course will vary from sea level to over 2,000m. Temperatures on the course will vary from single digits C Hawaii Island has 11 of the world's 13 climate zones. Our course will therefore be passing through a diverse range of weather and terrain. You will experience hot and humid, hot and dry, tropical, rainforest, arid, temperate and cool conditions. Altitude on the course will vary from sea level to over 2,000m. Temperatures on the course will vary from single digits C to over 35C.

Who can provide me with advice on the gear that I need to bring with me?

Check out the Equipment and Training Corner pages on the web site, and make use of our Facebook Group page. Past and present competitors will be able to give you helpful advice.

Can you recommend a trainer to prepare me for the event?

Yes, approved personal trainers are listed in the Training Corner.

Should I arrive earlier into Hawaii Island to acclimatize?

Yes of course. In fact, we highly recommend this especially if you are not used to heat and humidity. M2M’s challenges include high and low temperatures as well as altitude.

Why do you have a list of mandatory equipment?

You will be attempting to complete a self-supported endurance event in extreme conditions. The mandatory equipment list has therefore been developed to minimise the risk to you and give you the optimum opportunity to finish the race. The organizers take the safety of the competitors seriously and therefore the mandatory equipment, recommended equipment and Rules and Regulations have been designed to mitigate any and all risks to competitors.

If I complete the Mauna to Mauna Ultra, am I entitled to any qualifying points for entering the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® ?

We will be applying to the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® for the maximum six qualifying points. Our sister race the Grand to Grand Ultra has consistently received the maximum number of qualifying points and the first edition of M2M in 2017 also received the maximum 6 points.

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