Inspired by "the mother" of paragliding-hiking races, the X-Alps, this challenge will launch on August 5th in Spain, where some 20 runners will try to cover 438 km between the Cantabrian coast and the Mediterranean using only their feet and their flying gear.
For the first edition of the X-Pyr, the teams –formed by pilot and supporter– will have 12 days to complete the course set by the Organization through valleys and mountains.
Once the first pilot reaches the goal the rest will have only 24 hours to complete the race, and if no one does before the 17th at 11:00, the results will be defined according to the positions of the moment.
The route of the X-Pyr will have seven turnpoints that must be completed following the start in Hondarribia (Basque country), with the goal line on the beach of Port de la Selva, at Cap de Creus (Catalonia).
Like in the X-Alps ("the hardest paragliding race in the world"), here the pilots must always carry the minimum equipment: Glider, harness, rescue parachute, helmet, mobile phone and satellite location device. And they can be on the move for 17 hours a day, with 7 hours of forced rest.
The adventure will have online coverage in real time on the official website, including the position of each pilot in 3D on a complete map, photographs, videos, interviews, and "everything necessary to make the followers feel inside this adventure", the organizers say.
The pre-registration is open until April 20; five days after scheduled "in deference to the many enquiries received", the organization informed..