About Bali Hope

Team endurance events that make change happen

Bali Hope brings together teams of endurance sport enthusiasts, everyday heroes and elite athletes for unique missions focussed on making specific impact on communities.

Bali Hope was founded in Bali, Indonesia, by Tom Hickman. It was inspired by a desire for greater connection, and to make a difference. Tom had been influenced by Rich Roll and the classic running book by Born to Run. After his solo attempt to run across Bali in 2017 raised $10,000 he decided to build a team to increase the impact and 9 months later in May 2018 the first Bali Hope Utra took place with a team of 13 runners lead by Australian ultra runner Samantha Gash.

Our Achievements Since 2017

AUD $448,000

Raised For Disadvantaged Communities


Bali Hope Team Members


Countries Represented



1 runner.
$10,000 raised.

A solo attempt to run overnight across Bali to help 7 kids through primary school was the mission that led to the creation of the Bali Hope Ultra. The 163 people who contributed to the $10,000 fundraiser played a huge part in making this project grow. 


33 participants.
$120,651 raised. 

In May a team of 13 came together from the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Finland and Egypt for the first Bai Hope Ultra Bali. They all completed the overnight double marathon across Bali and raised $82,482 for our charity partners. In December of the same year the first Bali Hope Swimrun took place.


45 particpants.
$205,091 raised.

The 2019 Bali Hope Ultra and Swimrun teams broke new ground with incredible races, a team spirit that reflected the power of the Bali Hope family and over $200,000 raised for our award winning impact partners. What a year. 


208 participants.
$113,000 raised (so far).

After hosting The Unity Ultra in New Zealand, our first event outside of Bali and the very last ultra marathon before lockdown, we created the Bali Hope Challenge, a global virtual event that raised over $60,000 in June and is back in November


The Bali Hope Ultra

 May 26 to June 1, 2021

Join a small team for 7 extraordinary days in Bali, a unique overnight coast-to-coast double marathon and a chance to help lift an entire community out of poverty.

It's a life changng experience that will connect you to some of the best people you could meet.

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The Bali Hope Swimrun

 Dates tbc

Join us for SE Asia's original swimrun event, 4 days on the stunning peninsula of Lembongan and Ceningan and help make a big difference on a small island.  

The swimrun is for teams of two taking on 20km on foot and 4km of swimming across two islands. 

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The Bali Hope Challenge

 March 12 - 14, 2021

One of the Bali Hope community lost a family member in the Christchurch attacks. 

The Unity Ultra was our response: 3 days on South Island to take on a unique solo or team based ultra marathon, celebrate community while supporting the NZ Red Cross.

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