5th edition of another big volcano event in East Java, close to holiday island Bali. Ijen is less known than the more western located Bromo, but equally impressive and beautiful.
The official name is " Ijen Trail Running ". There are 5 race categories at Ijen Ultra Trail of which 2 qualify for Asia Trail Master championship points: 100 km, 70km. The two longest distances are also valid for 1 point of each trail runner's Grandmaster Quest. UPDATE 2019: the 100k course has undergone some modification. The route will follow the course of the 70K until Ijen summit, following which 100k runners continue to another peak nearby. 70k runners return down from Ijen summit as usual. The additional elevation gain for 100k course is estimated at 300 hm (to be confirmed in March).
The event is held on Ijen plateau, in Sempol, Bondowoso. The course passes by the picturesque Ijen volcano crater, the world's largest highly acidic lake and isthe site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation in which sulfur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor. Many other post-caldera cones and craters are located within the caldera or along its rim. The largest concentration of post-caldera cones forms an E-W-trending zone across the southern side of the caldera. Coffee plantations cover much of the Ijen caldera floor, and tourists are drawn to the waterfalls, hot springs, and dramatic volcanic scenery.
Check the official event website for details and fine print
Fly into Surabaya if you can, or Denpasar in Bali. From both international airports there are event shuttle busses to Bondowoso. However, they take several hours. By far the easiest way is to fly to Banyuwangi in East Java, which is only 90 minutes to 2 hours away from the event venue. Banyuwangi has opened a direct flight connection to Kuala Lumpur in 2019 with Citilink, the budget airline belonging to Garuda Indonesia, so check for that. There’s also direct connections in the pipeline to Singapore and Hong Kong. By the way, Banyuwangi has some very nice hotels at decent prices and is worth a night to relax. After the event, it is easy to go to Bali by ferry (45 minutes).
At the Ijenevent site, there’s local guesthouses and small hotels. More details will become available soon.
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The event website has a complete overview of available transport and accommodation services for the event venue, Bondowoso. In a nutshell, international runners best fly into Surabaya or Denpasar (Bali), from where bus transport is foreseen at a modest surcharge. There is a smaller airport also in Banyuwangi, which is actually closest to the race venue -max 2 hours-, so if you can, fly there. From Surabaya or Bali airports you need to account for 5-7 hours of bus travel to reach the destination.
It is possible to book your transport and homestay accommodation straightaway. Please refer to the event webpage for details.