Race Rules 2022


This event aims to combine the spirit of adventure in nature, tourism and sport. It will be held from July 21 to 24, 2022

The PT281+ Ultramarathon Portugal Organization is a co-organization of Horizontes Turismo Desportivo e Viagens and Associação Interior Convida with the institutional support of the Municipality of Proença-a-Nova and the Municipality of Belmonte.

PT281+ Ultramarathon is a pedestrian event, in nature with mountain characteristics. It develops in routes with the use of sidewalks, forest tracks, rural roads, paths, pedestrian rails and asphalt roads. Carrying out the itinerary on foot and in the shortest possible time, guided by GPS. In some cases the organization may use fixed and mobile markings on the ground to make it easier to read the way forward.

The purpose of this regulation is to ensure equal conditions for all. The guiding principles of the regulation are as simple as: playing fair, being safe and respecting the place where you are.


Although there are no other requirements, in the act of registration you must send your resume by email to geral@horizontes.pt and answer some questions. After analysis, the organization reserves the right not to accept registration.

Decisions will be sent within 72 hours of registration and are irrevocable.

* Participants who have participated in an earlier edition will not be asked for a curriculum.

See more in: How to participate



25/10/21 a 31/12/21

1st Period

01/01/22 a 30/06/22

2nd Period

16/04/22 a 30/06/22

3rd Period

Individual € 350,00 € 400,00 € 450,00
Team 2 € 500,00 € 550,00 € 600,00
Team 4 € 1000,00 € 1050,00 € 1100,00


  • For payments in installments, send e-mail to geral@horizontes.pt to receive more information.


  • Participation gift
  • Assistance and supplies of liquids and solids in all the bases of support
  • Protection and rescue service throughout the race
  • Transfers From Proença-a-Nova to BelmonteDay 21/07 at 2 pm
  • Finisher trophy
  • Consecration party
  • Personal accident and liability insurance
  • Massage treatments


  • Transfers from Lisbon (Train) to Vila Velha de Ródão -  21/07/22
  • Transfers from Vila Velha de Ródão (Bus) to Proença a Nova – 07/21/22
  • Transfers from Proença-a-Nova (Bus) to Vila Velha de Ródão  -  26/07/22
  • Transfers from Vila Velha de Ródão (Train) to Lisbon – 07/26/2022
  • Price per athlete – €40


Changes to the participants’ data are not allowed after June 30, 2022. In case of withdrawal by the participant, the amount of this edition will be credited to the same athlete or another person who indicates, exclusively for the 2023 edition of the PT281 Ultramarathon Portugal, according to the following table:

CANCELLATION Amount in credit
Until January 31/22 90%
Until March 31/22 75%
Until May 31/22 50%
Until June 30/22 25%


The course should be run semi-autonomously and guided by GPS. This means that the course will not be marked.

The total length of the course is 281km, 67330 D+ and with a time limit of 66 hours for completion. These numbers can be adjusted. Final data will be sent up to eight days before the race.

The route crosses a natural landscape of the Beira Interior of Portugal and starts at Belmonte and arrives at Proença-a-Nova.


The GPS will not only function as your guide on the ground, but will also confirm your route. Not delivering the equipment at the end of the race to download causes disqualification.

It is a mandatory equipment and must have as its main requirement its autonomy and the possibility of recording at least 10.000 points.

The equipment should be able to change the batteries at any time during the race.

GPS is the only guarantee that the route to follow is correct.

The organization will provide the necessary “tracks” in advance to analyze them and enter in the GPS. If doubts persist, do not worry that the organization will have a help solution.



Participation of only 1 athlete


The participation is possible for teams consisting of 2 or 4 elements, male, female and mixed.

In the participations in relay, the exchanges of testimony are at the discretion of each team and are only possible in the bases of support indicated by the organization. It is mandatory that each runner makes at least one connection between Control Points.

The first athlete has to run the first 2 bases from Belmonte to Penamacor, with no changes in the team.

The registered teams will have to arrange their own transportation between the bases of support of its elements. The organization shall exempt itself from this obligation. In racing, there can only be one element in competition. The replacement must go to the replacement point indicated and perform the exchange.

It is up to the athletes to confirm the arrival and announce the departure of the other element.

Regardless of running a shorter distance, all obligations remain as if they were a solo athlete.

Quitting of an element does not mean that the remaining participants will not continue their race. However, they will not be classified nor will they have finalist prizes.

The food support bases will be for the athletes in the race and not for the other participants who are not in the race. Remember that only the runner participant needs to eat because there is no chance of getting food on the route. The other participants are moving with their own vehicles and can easily get food.

Only 1 GPS will be used, this will be the testimony for athlete exchange.

Half Self-sufficiency

Along the route there will be aid stations, with food and drink to be consumed on the aid station. Each runner should ensure that he has the amount of food and water needed to be self-sufficient until the next station.

Plastic cups will not be provided at any of the aid stations; Runners should have their own cup or other personal container suitable for that purpose.


Support on the way, when premeditated, is prohibited and immediately disqualify the participant. However, all athletes can purchase or receive solid and liquid food in the places through which they pass.

To each runner is allowed a maximum of two assistants in the support bases. Assistants should not disturb the other runners or volunteers who work there and should bring the identifications provided by the organization.

The assistance teams should fill the data sheet up to 24 hours before the race.

The presence of supports inside the Bases is not allowed, they can only give support close to the Bases.

The Athlete must enter the Bases and collect the drinks and food that he needs and may go to his support location.

Assistants cannot consume food and drink intended for runners in Support Bases, these Bases are only intended for athletes in competition.


ATTENTION: In the last stretch between the last Base of Support and the Goal of Arrival will be allowed to anyone to run with the athlete, and must inform the name to the control table.

You can only accompany the athlete without, however, assisting with any other help such as: carrying the backpack, pushing or towing the athlete.

“Pacers” are forbiden in PT281+.

Athletes not identified running along  with the participant are not allowed. Whenever this happens, requires that it get away. Only then will the help you complete the race. The penalty in such cases is disqualification.

Participants who register just to serve as a ” hare” to another, whenever they are identified as such, they shall be obliged to withdraw from race.

The elements of the support team is only allowed to run in the 200 meters before and after the support bases.


Each runner commits to take all the obligatory material.

Failure to comply with any of the obligations disqualifies the participant.

  • Backpack or similar;
  • GPS and bateries;
  • Personal Identification;
  • Water supply – 1,5 liter at the minimum;
  • Food supplies;
  • Two lighting systems with the possibility of replacing the batteries
  • Rear light (flashes)
  • Surviving blanket;
  • Whistle;
  • Phone(add the organization’s security numbers. Do not hide the number and make sure the battery is fully charged before leaving);
  • Long-sleeved jacket;


  • Hat/ bandana
  • Extra clothes
  • Switchblade
  • Sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • Insect repellent

Confirmation of the equipment will be made at the following locations;

  • Zero control – An hour before departure
  • Along the route without no announcement.
  • At the end of the route.


Each dorsal is given individually and through ID presentation with photo.

Participation identification will only be delivered, to the participant himself.

The support teams will receive identification to their own use and vehicles.

Athlete identifiers should be visible from the front or back.

Identifiers of support teams should always be legible.

The dorsal is necessary to have access to transportation, aid stations, rescue, rest rooms, bags, etc.


The organization will give all participants labels with the respective dorsal numbers to identify the bags that will be transported to the various aid stations.

The athlete it is putting the support base number where you want this bag.

Fragile or valuable objects should not be placed in bags.

Objects that need the finish line, please do not put in the intermediate support bags. These should be transported from the start to the finish.

Support bags can be delivered only on the last day of the race. Only in exceptional cases the bags will be transported to the finish line before the last participant pass in the support base.

The organization accepts no liability for loss or damage of any objects during transport. We only ensure the most careful treatment of all the belongings.


In all support bases there are services needed to assist anyone in trouble.

Doctors, nurses and aid rescuers, are allowed to withdraw from the competition all participants they consider not be able to proceed. Rescue teams are allowed to withdraw from the race by any means at your disposal, all runners who believe they are in danger.

Any runners who request the services of a doctor or rescuer commits to accept any decisions.


The participant must confirm  the passage at all checkpoints and aid stations

The participant’s guide that you should download it have information about the control points and bases of support.

Only runners with its visible dorsal number have access to aid stations

Participant’s Guide, which can also be downloaded online, contain precise indications of checkpoints and bases of support.

The organization reserves the right to make checks at any other points along the route


The maximum time for completion of the race is 66 hours.

Hourly barriers to entry and exit of each of the main points of support, will be indicated in the participant’s guide.

These times are calculated to enable participants to reach the finish line within the time limit.

Hourly barriers consider times to eat, drink and rest.

To be allowed to continue with the race, runners must get in and out of the support bases or checkpoints within the time established by the organization.

In case of bad weather and /or for reasons of safety conditions, the organizers reserve the right to suspend the race or make changes to the deadlines in order to accommodate them to the interests of all.


In support bases, runners may stop for an extended rest, if accomplish the time limit established as time barrier.

Sleep is essential for your comfort and safety.

Whenever you need to sleep off the support bases, should notify the organization or do it very close to the route of the line, preferably in a place that runners to go see it.

In support bases identified by the organization may, in addition to sleeping bathing. Some of the places will have showers with hot water, or cold, to recharge your batteries.


Runners who decide not to continue the race should continue, wherever possible, to the nearest support base and inform the organizers of their decision.


Throughout the course, race juries are allowed to check compliance with the regulations by the runners and immediately inform the proving direction of any defaults that occur. Juries may apply the penalties specified in the table below:


Absence of compulsory safety equipment: survival blanket, two headlights, backpack or waist bag, cell phone- DISQUALIFICATION 

Absence of other obligatory material: whistle, food supplies – 4 HOURS TIME PENALTY 

Refusal to go through a check - DISQUALIFICATION

Runner or support team laying trash on the ground - DISQUALIFICATION

Use of means of transport; Sharing or exchange of numbers of dorsal; Not to pass a checkpoint; Use of doping substances or refusal to perform screening tests; The lack of aid to a corridor in difficulty; Insulting language, bad manners and threats, are grounds for disqualificationDISQUALIFICATION

Use paths other than those marked for the race, intentionally shortening the route (decision of the Race Director) - 4 HOURS TIME PENALTY

Disobedience to the direction of evidence, juries, doctors or other elements identified as an organization - DISQUALIFICATION

Departure of a checkpoint beyond the established deadline - DISQUALIFICATION

Disqualification means the runner must leave the race immediately. The disqualified person will be removed the identification number. If the participant decides to continue in the competition, he will be entirely responsible for that decision.

The penalties will be applied by adding 4 hours to the final time, thus allowing the runner to complete the race.

Irregularities demonstrated by video images, photographs sent to the organizers, even after the race, may result in disqualification or penalties.


All complaints must be submitted in writing, signed and delivered prior to the closing ceremony,with the irregularities shown by video images or photographs or witnesses.


The organization reserves the right at any time and without prior notice to make changes to the route, the location of the support bases or the time limits.

The organization, in cases of bad weather and /or for safety reasons, reserves the right to postpone the start of the race within 24 hours at most. After that, the race will be canceled.

It also reserves the possibility to interrupt, change schedules or suspend the performance of the race at the date and place provided. In these cases, there will be no reimbursement to competitors of the funds already paid or to the sponsors.

ATTENTION: In a time of pandemic caused by the contamination of the COVID 19 virus, if the event is not allowed by the authorities, all confirmed records will be transported to the 2023 edition.


Participants will be automatically insured, in accordance with Decree Law no. 10/2009, of January 12.

In the event of an accident, the participant must first contact the organization, which will arrange to be referred to the nearest medical institution along with the claim form. Sometimes, due to the urgency / severity of some accidents, it is impossible to fill out the participation in the event of the accident. Under these circumstances, the claim may be treated after the participant has been given first aid.
The payment of the insurance deduction, in case of an accident, is the sole responsibility of the athletes.

The costs will be borne by the victim and subsequently reimbursed by the insurance company. The organization declines any type of payment. The organization will not assume claims expenses, which it did not know in a timely manner to activate the insurance.

ATTENTION: In case of loss the insurance must be activated up to 24 hours after the event and the organization informed.


GPS, KML or GPX files, time limits and other information will be sent by email up to 8 days before the race. They will be available, from that time, for download at the event page: http://pt281.com.


For the safety of Competitors, the Organization provides them with devices to monitor their geographical position, the trackers.

The damage that the tracker presents, upon its return to the Organization, or its disappearance are presumed to be attributable to the Competitor that carried it.

The non-return of the same or the return of the damaged device at the end of the race, obliges the Competitor who was transporting it to the payment of its repair or replacement, whose value may amount to € 150.00 (one hundred and fifty euros).

If the Competitor refuses to transport the tracker or not to transport it in the location indicated by the Organization, the stage is canceled.


The winner of the race will be the rider or team that needs the least time to reach the finish line in Proença-a-Nova.

There are no cash awards.

Each runner who completes the race shall be given a “finisher”.

A general ranking will be drawn from all participants, as well as rankings for men and women, doubles, triples and courts of both sexes and mixed.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five men and women in the overall classifications.

The solo winners will be enshrined as absolute winners of PT281+. They will be the only ones to be able to exibit the PT281 + winners’ brand. All others should add the relay category.


The PT281+ Organization, sponsors and the entities that collaborate in the organization of this event reserve the right to use freely in all countries and in all forms, the participation of competitors, as well as the results obtained by them.

The event may be recorded and /or photographed by the Event Organization and journalists for further publicity.

Participants who have any restrictions on the use of their image should notify the Organization in advance and in writing. Otherwise, they will automatically authorize use at any time, without the right to receive financial compensation from the organization.


The PT281 + Ultramarathon Organization can not be held liable for accidents and their consequences, whether caused by participants, whether they were the victims or caused or not by the race. Likewise, no liability shall be attributed by defaults of the laws, regulations, which shall be borne by the defaulters.

Participants shall be responsible for all actions liable to produce material, moral or health damages to themselves and / or third parties.

The Organization declines all liability in case of accident, negligence, theft, as well as the objects and values of each participant.

All doubts about the interpretation of the Regulation and other cases related to the event will be analyzed and decided by the Event Organization

This Regulation will not be modified in its entirety.

It is the sole responsibility of the Organization to approve any correction it deems appropriate and at any time, which will be disclosed on the Internet, the official website of the event, the participant’s guide and the secretariat.

The cases not provided for in these Regulations, as well as any doubts arising from their interpretation, will be analyzed and decided by the Test Organization.

If this Regulation is published in other languages and in case of doubts regarding its interpretation, the Portuguese text will be the only one considered valid.

The PT281 + Ultramarathon Organization reserves the right to apply sanctions, which may go down to the disqualification or exclusion of the event, to any competitor who does not respect the spirit of the present Regulation or that, in any way, damages the good name , Image and prestige of the event or any of its promoters. No responsibility can be attributed to the Organizers for any damages that may result from such a decision. By virtue of the registration, payment and participation of the PT281 + Ultramarathon organization, the competitor acknowledges that he has read, understood and accepted, without reservation, the terms and conditions.

Any emerging litigation shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of the District Court of the Proença-a-Nova