Event Location : Monte Gordo / Vila Real, Portugal
Tour Code: TFARC 1 / 2017
01 - 05 November 2017
The Algarve Running Challenge (ARC) includes 4 separate races on 4 different running surfaces held over five days every November. The event has been held every year since 2006.
The events are: a 5 km cross country race, time graded one mile track time trials, a 10 km trail / beach race and finally the well established Guardiana 17.5 km road race that crosses between Portugal and Spain: every year the race is alternates in direction between Vila Real in Portugal and Ayamonte in Spain crossing the impressive Guardiana river bridge.
Uniquely the ARC scores the 4 event series using internationally recognised tables so that times can be age and gender graded – a level playing field for all competitors to find the best runner over the whole event.
Competitors generally run the full event series but some join the group just for the weekend and run in just the 10 Km trail / beach race and Guardiana road race.
The beach resort of MONTE GORDO is located on the border of Portugal and Spain in the Algarve region of Portugal. With a transfer time of less than an hour from Faro it is an excellent location for this multi-sports festival. The Vila Real Sports Centre is just a short distance away from the host hotel.
The Vila Real Sports Centre is the base for the competition – it is internationally regarded as a training base for elite athletes and was the holding camp for the British athletics team prior to London 2012. The Sports Centre played host to the European Masters Athletics Champs – Non Stadia in 2016.
Based at the 4* Dunamar Apartotel – Located on Monte Gordo beach, Dunamar offers air-conditioned apartments with a balcony featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean or Monte Gordo. It offers 2 outdoor pools, a fitness centre, and a health club.
A kitchen with a microwave is in Dunamar’s spacious apartments. Each has an open-plan living area including a sitting area with a flat-screen satellite TV. All apartments have a bright décor with wooden furniture.
Massages are offered at the health club, which also features an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a sauna. Guests can play a game of billiards or table tennis in the games room. Kids can have fun at the playground.
Guests can enjoy regional dishes as well as international cuisine in Hotel Apartamento Dunamar’s restaurants. The poolside snack bar offers a selection of refreshing drinks and grilled snacks.
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OPTION 1: 8 Days / 7 nights packages from £ 285 per person
OPTION 2: 7 Days / 6 nights packages from £ 255 per person
OPTION 3: 4 Days / 3 nights packages from £ 169 per person
Race Entries from £ 15-30 (dependent on races entered)
There are a large number of flights available from all over the UK to Faro Airport.
Fares below are based upon flights checked in May 2017 and are guide-line ‘from’ prices only. All fares include 20kg luggage, taxes and administration fees and RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS. Please advise if hand luggage only is required:
Stansted: flights from – £ 205 p.p
Gatwick: flights from – £ 179 p.p
Bristol: flights from – £ 209 p.p
Liverpool: flights from – £ 225 p.p
Manchester: flights from – £ 225 p.p
Airfares and seat availability are subject to change up until time of booking. Alternative UK departing airports are on request.