A BRIEF HISTORY

In 2010, Ladakh was ravaged by devastating flash floods. An already challenging environment, which could only be tackled by a hardy people like the Ladakhis, was rendered even more hazardous. People lost their livelihood, their lives…..

Ladakh Marathon was started in 2012 to show the world that Ladakh was up and running. The Marathon was also started to encourage the youth to take up running not only  to lead a healthy lifestyle but also to give them a platform to participate and perform at a competitive level.

From 1,500 participants in the 1st edition to close to 5,500 in the 6th edition, from India and around the world, Ladakh Marathon has grown over these years because of the most valuable support from the people of Ladakh and its runners. Being a very unique race in the Himalaya with its stunning & picturesque landscape of mountains, rivers & valleys it is growing in participation each passing year.

Ladakh Marathon is certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and has become a prestigious annual event and one of Asia’s most important Marathons. It is a key stop on the global marathon calendar!

The 72 km ultra – Khardungla Challenge, considered one of the toughest races and ultimate test for endurance, grew from 11 participants in 2012 to 104 participants in 2017. This race is becoming one of the most prestigious Ultra Marathons in the world attracting ultra runners from across the globe.

Our goal remains to make the event most reputed High Altitude Marathon and attract the best of runners from around the world, leaving runners with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran Ladakh, the world’s highest marathon.