You could be easily fooled into thinking Red Bull Quicksand will be a stroll on the beach. Held in the idyllic surroundings of Margate Main Sands where golden sand stretches out for 200 metres, competitors are asked to run a mile. Just one! However, with rollers, trenches, and towering sandcastles – the tallest a staggering 23 feet tall (the height of two double-decker buses) – Red Bull Quicksand could be the toughest mile you’ve run.
Backing up from its inaugural event last year, 2019’s Red Bull Quicksand will be held on Saturday 18th May at Margate Beach, Kent. Registration opens up at 8:30am, with an open warm up following at 09:15am and the first heat underway at 10:30am.
Competitors, who will expend 1.6 times more energy running on sand than on a road surface, face an energy-sapping knockout format with heats, semi-finals and finals. It will be a full examination of endurance, acceleration and determination as this year’s custom-made course boasts even tougher obstacles, including a new loose sand tabletop obstacle.
Last year’s winners finished outside seven minutes, proving the ½ mile loop course that uses 10,000 tonnes of sand is a brutal day at the beach. Participants called the experience “a bad dream you can’t run away from”, “a really evil high-intensity workout” and similar to “running in high heels”.
Sound like your idea of fun? To take part in Red Bull Quicksand visit the sign-up page;
Entry cost is £30.00 which will include a finishers medal and t-shirt. Over 600 of 750 available race slots have been secured, so you’ll need to move quickly!
If you’re travelling from outside Margate to Red Bull Quicksand, the local train station is a five-minute walk from the beach. Trains from London St Pancras are just over an hour and a half. If you are driving it’s best to plan ahead and use public parking in the area.