Running a Marathon is itself a challenge but running the LADAKH MARATHON (42.1km) is even a greater challenge. A tough race at a high altitude, the Ladakh Marathon is not for those with no experience in running marathons but for those who have had dedicated themselves to several months of training. Individuals new to running should begin with a shorter distance and then move up. If you are a serious long distance runner this will be one race that will be a “must do” and one that you will always remember and be talking about for a long time to come.
|DISTANCE: 42.1 KM||RACE START TIME: 06:00am|
|DATE: Sunday 09 September 2018||AGE LIMIT: Runner should be 18 years or older as on race day|
|REPORTING TIME: 05:30am||ELIGIBILITY: Runner must have run one full marathon or two half marathons in the past two years|
|REPORTING PLACE: NDS Memorial Stadium||CUT OFF TIME: 6hrs 30mins|
|CERTIFICATION: Finishers will be given a certificate with official time along with a medal|
- Rs. 1500 for Ladakh residents
- Rs. 3000 for Indian residents who live outside Ladakh
- US $65 for runners from outside India
- Rs. 2000 for Veterans (48 years and above)
GETTING TO THE START POINT
Runners are encouraged to walk to the start point as there will be road closures
Facilities will be available for this at the starting point, and items can be collected back at the finishing point of the race
14 Hydration and Aid stations providing water, energy drinks, snacks & bananas
Starting from the NDS Memorial Stadium, the 42.1km Marathon route follows the Leh-Manali highway past the ITBP camp to the settlement of Choglamsar from where runners cross the Choglamsar bridge on river Indus fluttering with prayer flags. With the Stok range of mountains on the right hand you follow the true left bank of the river Indus past the Chushot Imambara towards the scenically located Stakna monastery perched atop a rock shaped like a leaping Tiger. 1.5 kms short of the monastery course takes the Stakna road through a fantastic route lined with thick willow bushes across Stakna bridge to reach the Manali-Leh highway. Ahead runners can see the dramatically located Thiksey monastery covering an entire hillside and resembling the Potala Palace of Tibet on their right. The route linked with poplar and willow trees continues on the highway past white washed Stupas which stand as a contrast against the sandy windswept landscape and bright blue skies above to the Shey palace on your right and the grazing grounds on your left till the Church of Shey. All along scenery never ceases to mesmerize you. You then turn left to run through the main street of lower Shey village till Sindughat and then catch the Manali-Leh highway. On the left you can see the brightly painted Chortens and the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You then reach Choglamsar village and retrace the route for the remaining 6 kms to the finishing lines of the NDS Memorial Stadium grounds.