ICARUS FLORIDA ULTRAFEST

Icarus Florida UltraFest

Next Edition:

NOVEMBER 16th - 22nd, 2020 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

12H - 24H - 48H - 72H -144H

144 H race will start at 09:00 (am) EST on Monday - November 16th

72 H race will start at 09:00 (am) EST on Thursday - November 19th

48 H race will start at 09:00 (am) EST on Friday - November 20th

24 H race will start at 09:00 (am) EST on Saturday - November 21st

12 H race will start at 09:00 (am) EST on Saturday - November 21st

Application Process

To compete at the 2020 Icarus Florida UltraFest each athlete will have to submit an application prior to registering. The application will be reviewed and assessed to determine if the athlete is qualified to race in a specific race under the creed of the Olympic Spirit.

To submit an application, please go to the Rules and Application page. 

Symbolizing high flying ambition, the myth of Icarus warns us against complacency and hubris, and similarly, ultrarunning symbolizes the human drive for empowerment and warns us against heeding our own limitations, self doubt, and fears. To those in the sport, ultrarunning is not only a way to be better, but also to know thyself, and know what better means. To those on the outside of the sport, ultrarunning is the myth that truly heroic things are not achieved by mere mortals, but only by heroes. Icarus Florida UltraFest was organized with the idea that truly heroic things can be achieved by all of us -- if we are willing to put in the time, energy and effort demanded by the task. 

What this means for seasoned ultra runners and new runners alike is that the Icarus Florida UltraFest is not just a place to test your limits, but to abandon them.

"There are a few races around the globe that have opened their championships to athletes worldwide to fill the void on the cancelation of the 24 Hour World Championships this year." - Nadeem Khan, Director of Communications, International Association of Ultrarunners (October 2014)

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By providing this unique opportunity in a safe and well staffed setting, those interested in ultrarunning can come and run any distance, as all events are timed, and learn just what this wonderful sport has to offer.

Organized by seven times Spartathalon finisher, and founder of the International 100+ UltraRunning Foundation, Inc., Andrei Nana, and the race director for the Run For Aurora, in Aurora Colorado, Claire Nana, the Icarus Florida UltraFest promises to be an epic 6 days of running.

Set in the beautiful climate of Ft Lauderdale Florida, the Icarus Florida UltraFest promises moderate temperatures with cool ocean breezes during the day, and mild evenings.

During the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions, athletes represented 30 countries and succeeded to break 18 new records as well as to qualify for the 24H national teams.

2014 Records:

Brad Compton - New American Age Group 144H Record

Jovica Spajic - New Serbian 144H Record

2015 Records:

Colby Wentlandt - New American Age Group 48H Record

Colby Wentlandt - New American Age Group 144H Record

Kimberley Van Delst - New Canadian Female Age Group 72H Record

Kimberley Van Delst - New Canadian Female Age Group 144H Record

Ed Ettinghousen - New American Age Group 144H Record

2016 Records:

Tina Andersen - New Danish Female 144H Record

Tina Andersen - New Scandinavian Female 144H Record

2017 Records:

Nicu Buceanu - New Romanian Age Group 144H Record

Adrian Bontiu - New Romanian Age Group 144H Record

Betty Smith - New American Age Group 144H Record

Olivier Leblond - New American 48H Record

2018 Records:

Mara Guler - New Romanian 144H Female Record

Rex Stine - New Danish 48H Female Record


2019 Records:
Pamela Chapman-Markle - New American Female Age Group 48H Record
Christian Marti - New Swiss Age Group Male 48H Record

Christian Marti - New Swiss Age Group Male 72H Record

Race Results and Course Records









In the news:

JOVICA TRČAO ZA SVOJU ZEMLJU: Upoznajte najizdržljivijeg Srbina!

- Article published in the Kurir (in Serbian), re: Jovica's Serbian 144H Record at Icarus

Michele Notarangelo e la sfida estrema: sei giorni di corsa

- Article published in the Gazzetta di Modena (in Italian), re: Michele's Italian Record at Icarus

Records Fall At Icarus Florida UltraFest

- Article published in the UltraRunning Magazine re: brief recap of the race

Artistul albaiulian, Valerian Paraschiv, desemnat să creeze premiile pentru o competiție internațională de atletism din Florida

- Article published in the Unirea Newspaper (in Romanian), re: the creation of the awards for the race and discussion of the top three places in the 6 day competition

Dalla Francia agli Usa, continuano le imprese di Michele Notarangelo

- Article published in the Giovinazzo Live Newspaper (in Italian), re: Michele Notarangelo's participation at Icarus Florida UltraFest

Michele Notarangelo, che impresa!

- Article published in the Giovinazzo Viva Newspaper (in Italian), re: Michele Notarangelo's participation at the Icarus Florida UltraFest

Elite runners meet in Fort Lauderdale to run 6-day marathon

- Article published in the Sun Sentinel, interview with Claire Nana and Andrei Nana

Icarus Florida Ultrafest 6 Day Race 2014

- Article published in the Multidays Ultrarunning News discussing the 6 day athletes

Weston mom joins 27 runners in 24-hour UltraFest

- Article published in the Sun Sentinel, interview with Jodi Samuels

Leading by Example - Interview with Charlotte Vasarhelyi

- Article published in the International 100+ UltraRunning, interview with Charlotte Vasarhelyi by Andrei Nana

Speed is Dangerous - Interview with K-G Nystrom

- Article published in the International 100+ UltraRunning, interview with K-G Nystrom by Andrei Nana

For The Love Of The Country - Interview with Jovica Spajic

- Article published in the International 100+ UltraRunning, interview with Jovica Spajic (in English and Serbian). Serbian language translation by Igor Vojnic Zelic

Icarus Florida UltraFest Offers 24 Hour Championship

- Article published in the International Association of Ultrarunners News

Surviving vs. Living Life - Interview with Tim O'Malie

- Article published in the International 100+ UltraRunning, interview with Tim O'Malie by Claire Nana

The Zen Track Athlete - Interview with Jim Schroeder

- Article published in the International 100+ UltraRunning, interview with Jim Schroeder by Claire Nana

A Journey Within - Interview with Jesper Kenn Olsen

- Article published in the International 100+ UltraRunning, interview with Jesper Olsen by Claire Nana (in English and Danish)

Inaugural multi-day ultra in Florida invites international elites, novices

- Article published in the WordPress, interview with Andrei Nana by Lynsey Bray

Icarus Florida UltraFest 6 Day Race 2014

- Article published in the MultiDays.Com UltraRunning News

International Ultrarunners Without a World Championship Race For The Second Time This Year

- Article published in the UltraRunning Magazine discussing the international crisis and Icarus Florida UltraFest

Albaiulianul Andrei Nana organizează competiții de atletism în Florida

- Article published (Romanian language) in the Unirea Newspaper discussing the race and participation of athletes from the Serbian and Hungarian Teams

A Vilag minden pontjarol jelentkezo atletakat megdobbentette a 24 oras Taiwan-i Vilagbajnoksag eltorlese

- Article by Zsofia Inhauser (Hungarian language) discussing the Hungarian 24hrs National Team after the IAU World Championship cancellation, published in the International 100+ UltraRunning

Six Things You Need To Know About Six Day Races

-Article by Claire Nana, answering six basic questions about 6 D races, published in the International 100+ UltraRunning

International 100+ Ultrarunning Foundation Introduces Florida’s First Six Day Race - Interview with Race Director, Andrei Nana, published in the UltraRunning Magazine

Why Six Day Race In Florida Might Be Just What Ultrarunning Needs - Article discussing 6 Day races around the world, by Race Director Claire Nana, published in International 100+ UltraRunning