Ultraman Arizona is an athletic adventure guaranteed to test an athlete’s physical and mental limits. Whether you’re an athlete, a crew member, volunteer, or staff, UMAZ is a journey that will touch your soul and create memories that will last a lifetime! The race takes place in Phoenix, Arizona, affectionately known as “the Valley of the Sun”, and covers a total distance of 320 miles (515 kilometers). This three day journey requires each athlete to:
- Swim 6.2 miles (10K)
- Cycle 261.4 miles (423K)
- Run 52.4 miles (84K)
The first Ultraman triathlon was held in 1983 on the Big Island of Hawaii, with the goal of having more than just a competition, but an event which focused on the guiding principles of Hawaiian culture…. “aloha” (love), “ohana” (family), and “kokua” (help). These principles continue today throughout all of the Ultraman branded events: a crew of 2 to 4 friends or family is required for each athlete who participates – – and those crews end up helping each other, and helping other athletes, over the course of the race. This culture of aloha, ohana and kokua is what makes Ultraman special. Athletes and crews become bonded for life, and many consider it a great honor to be a part of the Ultraman ohana.
We at UMAZ are proud to be a part of the Ultraman ohana, and proud to be an official qualifier for Ultraman World Championships! Any athlete who officially finishes UMAZ will be qualified to apply to race at UMWC on the Big Island of Hawaii!