The Buff® Troodos Mountain Ultra was born out of a desire to introduce runners from around the world to Cyprus, the undiscovered trail running paradise in the Mediterranean. The island has an excellent climate with an average of 326 days of sunshine a year, and spectacular natural areas to explore from mountains and valleys dotted with small traditional villages to fertile plains and rocky coastal paths.
Cyprus Trail Runners is an enthusiastic, non-profit group which organises trail runs and trail races across the island. The group has had a wealth of experience in race organisation and in 2014 introduced the five-race La Sportiva Cyprus Mountain Madness trail race series to Cyprus in collaboration with Get Out Outdoor Store.
The group had long dreamed of holding a trail ultra-marathon in the magnificent Troodos mountain range but lacked the resources to turn the vision into reality. By lucky chance, they met the equally enthusiastic team from One Step Further and Buff® Cyprus, who readily gave their support and offered to contribute their vast experience and expertise in organising outdoor events in Cyprus to ensure the race went ahead.
Thanks to this joining of dynamic forces, the first Troodos trail ultra was held in September 2015 along a 50km course. This served as a test run to see how runners would fare on the tough route and to measure support for the launch of an 80km ultra marathon. Happily the route was given the stamp of approval by runners and will be used as part of the course this year. Runners were also very positive about an 80km race and urged the organisers to go ahead with the launch.
Thus was the Buff® Troodos Mountain Ultra born.