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 10 September 2017||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: Shanti Stupa||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
The 42.1 km. course veers west to Changspa, loosing elevation as one proceeds towards the Army Officer’s mess and Army general hospital and the Leh Airport. Runners then go past the Hall of fame from where the race heads for Spituk gompa, passing through the village of Spituk crossing the mighty river Indus. After this, the race passes the village of Palam, where pretty fields of barley welcome you. Then the run takes you past another pretty village named Chushot. From here we get magnificent views of the Stok range and the Indus valley. Heading south towards Shey we take a loop just before the Shashi Bridge at Chushot. Passing through the village of Chushot, the course is lined with Willow and Poplar trees as we continue to the village of Choglamsar where we again cross the River Indus. From here the course gradually ascends and passes the summer residence of H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama and the Mahabodhi campus. After this the final 2km run is on the Leh-Manali highway before finishing at the Ladakh Public School.