About Running in Mallorca
Mallorca is perfect for both road and trail running due to the sheer variety of options available.
If a runner wants to run a flat/ fast route alongside the beach, they can go for miles and miles along Palma Bay, Pollenca Bay or Alcudia Bay. If a runner wants to get away from the crowds they can opt to run in the hills. Mallorca has an ancient network of paths linking villages – hikers and mountain bikers have been using these routes for years.
This is the beauty of trail running in Mallorca – there are many trails that you can run that require no extra gear (other than your existing running shoes). For the higher and longer tours, trail running trainers (more grip on sole and support on ankle) and a running backpack to carry water and food are recommended. Terrain on the trails varies; the lower levels tend to be wooded and the higher levels tend to be well constructed limestone trails. This kind of mixed terrain is much better for your legs and knees than an hour plod along a tarmac road.
When to come
Thanks to the clement climate it is possible to run all year round in Mallorca. However, many runners prefer the spring and autumn months, which can be stunning. Coming in the warmer months means that there are more things to do (for the runner and his/ her family) when you are not running. In the high summer months, you can still run. It is just best to do it early in the morning and into the evenings and look for the lower level wooded tours rather than the high mountain tours.
Walking trails & routes
With such easy access to the hills, and with the restoration of the GR221 Long Distance Dry Stone Route, trail running in the Tramuntana is becoming increasingly popular. For the non-running part of a family/ couple, there is no shortage of things to do while a partner/ family member is running in the hills.
The area above Bunyola (Sa Comuna) is popular – easy access, well pitched trails and stunning views for the 450m height gain. The Castel Alaro is another favourite - a 620m ascent tour with stunning 360 degree views from the top, as is the Atalaia Alcudia.
There are of course plenty of walking trails that are also great for running so make sure you check those out too.
Walking / Running hotels & hostels
Some people don’t want to run alone, certainly not off road and in an unfamiliar place. Runners tend to run further and faster if they are running in a group (and we find that people are often surprised at how far they can go up hill). We make sure runners are not using up too much energy and are moving at a nice steady pace. Of course, there are times on each tour when we all walk! Also, because we share the routes with the local wildlife (goats, sheep, etc), what often looks like a running trail can turn out to be a journey down a sheer faced gorge. The path system in Mallorca is a good one, but it is very easy to find yourself lost from a path. Running in the woods can be especially frustrating given the criss-cross of old paths as locals have looked for short cuts over the years. The RunMallorca guide will be carrying a camera, some basic first aid and GPS recording equipment so that distance and heights climbed can be shared (verbally and electronically) with the runners. And they will have run the route many times so can coach runners along and keep them informed of what to expect around the next corner.
Races & events
The most popular running race is the TUI Marathon and half marathon. The main trail running event is the year-long Cursa de Muntanya. Each Cursa race attracts up to 300 runners, mostly made up of locals but increasingly showing a UK presence. The main Ultra Marathon (UMSDT – Ultra Marathon Serra De Tramuntana) is in April. It is extremely popular. Entries sold out in 2 days last year!