At Jungle Marathon, sustainable event management is always at the forefront of our minds.Our three key words in all our planning are people, planet and prosperity. Each race is planned with detailed consideration for environmental, economic and social issues and these are implemented and enforced through the event planning and organising process.
These are some of the steps we take:
Where possible we opt for the organic or fair trade option with our merchandising. Our medals are produced from clay sourced locally and made by hand.
Our marking tape, which is sourced locally and covers the entire 254km of the course, is biodegradable.
Our road-books, the only printed material we use, are printed on recycled paper.
All waste is collected by us and taken to Santarem to be recycled.
We use solar power to recharge radios and media batteries as much as possible and plan transportation considering the most efficient use of fuel and vehicles.
In a race such as ours we cannot limit water consumption of runners, but we ask each runner to ensure the water they use is only for drinking and that it is not wasted by tipping it over their heads.
Water containers are recycled.
We calculate our carbon footprint for each year, this covers all transport to, during and from the event including miles travelled to attend the event by runners, support staff and media. Once we have calculated the co2 emissions, we then off-set this by paying the necessary fee.
We promote a paperless event as much as possible. Our registration system is now entirely online which has eliminated the need to print. All downloadable material can be stored and read on users computers without the need to print.
Conservation of the rainforest and the flora and fauna and wildlife within it remains our top priority and we aim to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos and memories. We are privileged to be able to hold our Brazil race in the protected Tapajos National Forest and we take this responsibility seriously. We cut down no trees when preparing our course and the trails are marked with biodegradable tape.
We have a zero tolerance on litter and disqualify any runner or staff member who contravenes our high standards.
Social and economic policies:
90 % of our support staff is local and all merchandising is produced locally. We plan and prepare the course together with the villagers from the 22 communities who live in the Flona Tapajos and ensure that any of them that wish to work with us have employment for the duration of the event itself.
Jungle marathon is very much a community race and the local villagers take immense pride in being part of an International race and sharing their unique environment with competitors and support staff alike. Local translators, guides, military and the fire service are all involved in making the event happen.
Who we are:
Jungle Marathon’s races are organised by Eventrate Ltd, and Eventrate Brasil Ltda, the pioneers of races in the challenging jungle environment. With 12 years experience operating in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil we are now applying this successful template to new races in Vietnam and the South Pacific.
Belfast born Shirley Thompson runs Eventrate Ltd and Eventrate Brasil Ltda and is race director at our races.
She is a keen (and very slow!) runner herself and has taken part in many marathons, ultra marathons and stage races, including deserts, mountains, jungles, the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Organising jungle marathon is a combination of her passion for running with her passion for people. Shirley is on hand every step of the way as you train, prepare and compete in the race. Her focus is safety and this is the single over-riding factor in every decision made to do with the event. For a field of 75 runners, there is a team of over 200 staff who ensure that every possible step is taken to minimise risk in such a hostile environment. In addition to races, Shirley has organised logistics for expeditions in the jungle environment including the highly successful i2p Amazon Expedition.
Our outstanding medical team is headed up by Vicky Kypta who is our Medical Team Manager and Amy Biondich who is our clinical lead.
Vicky is a Specialist Paramedic with over 17 years experience of pre-hospital care within the NHS. During that time she spent three years as a flight Paramedic on the local Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) as well as on front line ambulances and fast response vehicles. She is currently working within the Clinical Development Team driving forward clinical pathways for specialist Paramedics. Vicky has been part of the Jungle Marathon medical team since 2006, she has extensive expedition experience which includes being a medic for a youth expedition to Everest Base camp as well as a motor sport and power boat medic.
Amy Biondich is a board-certified emergency physician with experience and training in the wide spectrum of pre-hospital medicine from austere wilderness medical support to urban EMS & Disaster response. Her specialty is austere environments.
The safety and well being of our competitors in our prime concern and the Jungle Marathon Medical team consists of 14+ highly qualified Doctors and Paramedics each with expedition and race medicine experience in remote places.
Roberto Bezerra – Communications
Roberto and his team of 20 provide all our radio coverage during the race.
Over the years he has fine-tuned our communications to ensure almost 100% coverage- a challenging task in the jungle environment.
Diego Silva- Evacuations
Diego Silva is in charge of a team of 14 bombeiros ( military firemen), who are all specialists in jungle environments and he ensures that the course is risk assessed each year and that the team provides all course sweeping during the race and evacuations from the jungle when required.
Dufray Santos- Legal
Dufray is our legal representative ensuring that all permissions are granted with the authorities to ensure that we may hold the race.
Hed Wellington- Race coverage
Hed, and his team provide all our internet coverage during the race, and work round the clock to ensure that reports, results, videos and images are uploaded via satellite to our site during the race.
In addition to our core team, we work with an enthusiastic and professional local team from the 22 communities within the Flona Tapajos who assist with trail planning and preparation, camp sites, guiding media and support staff and are an essential part of the smooth running of our event.
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UK telephone: 00 448700 684846
Brazil: 00 55 93 91 82 33 64
Please send any correspondence to us at :
21a Craven Terrace,
London W2 3QH