The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra in Lyon on May 25-26

Published: 2018/04/17

Over 6 or 24 hours, explore the slopes of Fourvière hill in Lyon with the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra.


The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra brings long-distance runners to the Fourvière hill for a timed race, lasting as long as 24 hours, across some of Lyon’s most beautiful and versatile scenery.


Year after year, the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra is becoming a staple of the long-distance running scene and once again tackles the slopes of Fourvière in Lyon on May 25-26.

The event is an interesting mix of timed races and urban trails, along a circuit of 2 kilometers and 90 meters of ascendant elevation, up and down the Fourvière hill for as long as 24 hours. 

It features many kinds of surfaces, between pavement, cobblestones, stairs and grass.

view above the piste de la sarra in lyon

The Piste de la Sarra is one of the main attractions of the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra in Lyon – Laurent Brière.


Participate in the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra by yourself or in a group

The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra offers categories of different lenght and size. The most accessible format lasts for 6 hours, and you can race by yourself, as a group of 2 or a group of 3.

However, the 24-hour race is the main event of the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra, and is exclusive to solo competitors. As evidence of its success, winning this category has become a qualifier to the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc, one of the world’s most renowned long-distance running competitions.

runners across the parc des hauteurs near fourvière in lyon

The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra provides beautiful scenery in the Parc des Hauteurs, near the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon. ©Laurent Brière.

The organization, Lyon Ultra Run (which also coordinates the Lyon Urban Trail), has put a lot of effort into the making of the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra, with a red carpet, music and illumination of the start/finish line, not to mention the new torch-lit start of the 24-hour race. 


Runners explore the most iconic places of the Fourvière hill

The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra explores every inch of the Fourvière hill and the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. 

The former skiing track of La Sarra, turned into a green park, is the main attraction of the circuit with a scenic view of the Croix-Rousse hill.

The contestants will have to run a large number of times along the Chemin de Montauban, on their way to the 600 hundreds steps of the Montée Nicolas de Lange, lit with 650 « lumignons » for the event.

montée nicolas de lange on fourvière hill in lyon

Competitors of the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra climb up the 500 hundred steps of Montée Nicolas de Lange, on the Fourvière hill in Lyon. ©Fabien Danet.

Racing on the Passerelle des Quatre Vents, in the middle of the Parc des Hauteurs, offers a beautiful view on the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière, overlooking the city of Lyon.


Only 500 competitors allowed in the race

The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra is limited to 500 competitors between all the categories. 

The registration for the race has already opened and 90 bibs are handed out for the 24-hour race, for 55€ to 65€. 

120 bibs are reserved for the solo contestants in the 6-hour race (30-40€). The latter also allows 40 teams of 2 racers (50-60€) and 70 teams of 3 racers (70-80€).

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55-65€ for 24-hour solo race.
30-40€ for 6-hour solo race.
50-60€ for group of 2 in the 6-hour race.
70-80€ for group of 3 in the 6-hour race.