Patagonian International Marathon 2016 Provincia de Ultima Esperanza


Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Patagonian International Marathon. Here you may find answers to most of your questions. Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at

General Information

1. When will the event take place and what distances will it feature?

The 6th Patagonian International Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017. It will feature three race distances: marathon (42km), half-marathon (21km), and 10km.

2. Where will the event take place?

The Patagonian International Marathon will take place in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region, Providence of Última Esperanza (Last Hope), Commune Torres del Payne. The region’s capital is Punta Arenas, and the closest city to the marathon’s race zone is Puerto Natales. The routes for the 2017 edition are located to the Northeast of Puerto Natales, just Southeast of Torres del Paine National Park. The Finish Line for all distances will be located in Villa Serrano, located near the Southern entryway to Torres del Paine National Park (Portería Serrano). See (Map).

3. What are the routes for the race?

The three distances feature a shared Finish Line in Villa Serrano, specifically in Hotel Río Serrano. The 42K will start in the vehicle road Y-200, in the Bahía del Bote crossing, which will then move West from this point in order to take Y-290 to the North. The 21K and 10K will be on the same path as the 42K; however, the 21K will start approximately 3 kilometers to the South of the entryway to Patagonia Camp (Approximately 70km from Puerto Natales), while the 10K will start from the Cuernos Viewpoint. See (Map).

4. On what type of terrain will the event be run?

The routes for the 5th Patagonian International Marathon will be located on vehicle roads, mixed between asphalt and gravel zones. The morphology of the terrain is of mid-mountain, so the roads are very twisty, with curves and permanent changing slopes.

5. What will be the climate during the days of the event?

The climate in Patagonia is characterized by highly variable and unpredictable weather conditions in all four seasons; however, in the month of September, which is the date for the event, spring will already have begun! Gradually, the green begins to return after a hard winter. Therefore, you can expect average temperatures between 2 and 10°C, with absolutes maximums exceeding 15°C. Even though it will not be during a season of strong and persistent winds, and beyond statistics, there is also the possibility that Patagonia will surprise us with some form of a storm to show us her power! Therefore, you must come prepared for everything, and the use of adequate clothing will be fundamental in order to enjoy your experience in these latitudes.

6. What time does the marathon start?

DistanceStart Time
42K11:00 hrs.
21K12:00 hrs.
10K12:00 hrs.

*For each distance, runners must present themselves an hour before the scheduled start time.

7. What is the time limit for completing the marathon?

There will be a maximum of 7 hours to complete the 42K, in addition to intermediate cut-off points, with the first being at 21km and then again at 32km from the starting line. In this way, you must complete these sections based on the following schedule:

  • The first half of the marathon (21km) in 3.5 hours (Cut-off Time: 14:30 hrs.).
  • The 32km pass in 5.5 hours (Cut-off Time: 16:30 hrs.).

8. Are there any age limits to participate?

In order to participate in either the 42K or 21K, you must be at least 18 years old by September 9, 2017. In order to participate in the 10K, you must be at least 16 years old by September 9, 2017.

9. If I am a minor, can I run the 21K or 42K by showing previous experience, adequate health, or parental approval?

Conforming to international standards, it is not permitted.

10. How many aid stations will be located along the route?

The aid stations will be approximately every 5 kilometers. Thereby, including the starting line and finish line for all distances, the 42K will have 8 aid stations, the 21K will have 5 aid stations, and the 10K will have 3 aid stations.

11. What are the categories for the Patagonian International Marathon?

The categories for the Patagonian International Marathon are the following:

CategoryAge Range: MenAge Range: Women
Hares16 – 17 (10K Only)16 – 17 (10K Only)
Guanacos18 – 2918 – 29
Pumas30 – 3930 – 39
Huemules40 – 4940 – 49
Zorros50 – 5950 – 59
Cóndores60 +60 +

12. Will it be necessary to pay an entry fee to Torres del Paine National Park

For this edition, the race routes are located outside of the park’s limits, so it will not be necessary to enter the park; however, should your hotel/hostel accommodation be located inside of the park or should you wish to visit it, you will have to pay the corresponding entry fee in order to enter the park. The closest entryway from the park to the finish line is Portería Río Serrano.

13. Can I walk instead of run?

Yes, it is permitted, but you must consider that for the case of the marathon, there is a mandatory cut-off schedule that must be respected. In the case that you do not manage to complete this cut-off schedule, you must be transported in the vehicle that will close the race.

14. There will be photographers and press during the event. What will happen if they take my photo or video while I run?

Each year we try to achieve the best coverage for the event, both with external and internal photographers to capture the best photos of the runners and the environment. As stated in the general rules of the Patagonian International Marathon, each runner, upon registration, has agreed to grant the organization, sponsors, photographers, and media the right to use his/her likeness in photographs, films, audio, and promotional materials for current and future events.

Runner’s Kit

1. Where can I go to retrieve my runner's kit?

The Runner’s Kit can be picked up in Puerto Natales, based on the following schedule:

Thursday: September 7, 201709:00 – 22:00Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200 (In front of Plaza de Armas)
Friday: September 8, 201709:00 – 22:00Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200 (In front of Plaza de Armas)

NOTE: Please refer to your Runner’s Guide for any updated dates and/or times for Kit Pick Up.

2. What's included in the Runner's Kit?

Registration includes:

  • Official Runners Shirt PIM 2017
  • Official Elastic Cylindrical Headband PIM 2017
  • Official Race Number
  • Recyclable Timing Chip
  • Medal for crossing the finish line
  • Medal for the first three finishers of each race category
  • Support Staff and Medical Team during the Race
  • Hydration stations including water and fruits along course
  • A Plate of Pasta and Fruit in the Finish Line
  • Access to Portable Toilets in the Starting Lines
  • Digital Runner’s Guide
  • Bag-transfer from Start to Finish Line

Registration does not include:

  • Transfers in general (such as starting line, finish line, etc)
  • Accommodation
  • Accident insurance
  • Unspecified services


1. What is the registration period for the event

Registration will open on October 12, 2016 and close on July 31, 2017. You must consider that early registration will result in a lower price, and even further, you will have more time to plan your trip and chose better options for flights and other services.

  1. Super Early Bird: October 12, 2016 – November 30, 2016
  2. Early Bird: December 1, 2016 – March 2, 2017
  3. Normal: March 3, 2017 – July 20, 2017
  4. Last Minute: July 21, 2017 – July 31, 2017

2. How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee will depend on both the race distance and the date of payment you choose. In order to see more details, please refer to our registration page here.

3. How and where can I register?

Registration can be completed through Welcu’s system, entering through the registration section that can be found on our web page here. The possible payment methods are the following: national or international credit card, debit card, or bank transfer. If you live outside of Chile, please change the form of currency for payment from Chilean Pesos to Dollars; otherwise, your card will be rejected. Also, you may register directly in our office, which is located at 531 Av. O’Higgins, Punta Arenas, Chile, from Monday to Friday between 10:00 hrs. and 18:30 hrs.

4. If I register, but don’t pay immediately, will the price for when I registered be respected?

No, the price is explicitly governed according to the date of payment, not the date of registration.

5. Is there any discount for belonging to a sports club, gym, institution, etc?

Please contact to evaluate each case.

6. What is and is not included in the registration fee?

The fee includes:

  • Official Runners Shirt PIM 2017
  • Official Elastic Cylindrical Headband PIM 2017
  • Official Race Number
  • Recyclable Timing Chip
  • Medal for crossing the finish line
  • Medal for the first three finishers of each race category
  • Support Staff and Medical Team during the Race
  • Hydration stations including water and fruits along course
  • A Plate of Pasta and Fruit in the Finish Line
  • Access to Portable Toilets in the Starting Lines
  • Digital Runner’s Guide
  • Bag-transfer from Start to Finish Line

The fee DOES NOT include:

  • Transfers in general (such as starting line, finish line, etc).
  • Accommodation
  • Accidental Insurance
  • Unspecified services

7. Will the Organization provide portable toilets?

Yes, the organization will provide bathrooms at some specific points along the route. Due to the fact that the event takes place far from the city, portable toilets must be transported over long distances to their installation points. These services will be included in your registration fee.

8. How do I know if I have effectively registered?

The moment you finish registration, you will automatically receive a ticket from Welcu in addition to a confirmation email from the Organization.

9. What do I have to do if I have registered and paid and not yet received any confirmation from the Organization a few days after?

In this case, you have to check your e-mail for spam. If you cannot find it there, we recommend you to send a message to explaining your situation with your payment receipt attached. Please note that we send each registered runner a welcome e-mail. It may be possible that you have not received a confirmation letter because your registration may be incomplete.

10. Can I change any data in my registration form after my participation has been confirmed?

Any changes on your registration may be made until July 31, 2017. These changes may be made through 

11. Once registered, can I change my distance? Until when can I change it?

Yes, you are permitted to change your race distance, but only until July 31, 2017. Please email to change your distance. 

12. Once registered, am I going to receive updates regarding the marathon in my e-mail?

We try to only send relevant information, which may include reminders, important changes, logistical matters, or even promotions from local services that may be attractive and/or beneficial to runners; however, we will not release or share your email address with any third parties.


1. If I injure myself or am unable to participate in the marathon for any reason, will I receive a partial refund?

It depends on the date of when this notice is given to the Organization. For more information, you may check our Rules and Regulations.

2. If for one reason or another I cannot be part of the marathon, can someone else take my place?

Yes, you can. You must inform the Organization about the change, as well as the name of the person who will take your place. The administrative fee of $5,000 CLP or $10.00 USD must be paid to make the change.

3. Should I transfer my registration to another person, how does the new runner know that the change has been confirmed?

Similar to any runner who registers, he or she will receive a welcome email from the organization upon payment.

4. If I chose to save my registration, will I be able to use to run in one of the Organization’s other events.

Yes, it is permitted, provided that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for each event. For more details, please refer to Rules and Regulations.

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