The Ladakh Marathon was founded to encourage the young people of Ladakh to live a healthy lifestyle by taking up running, and by becoming more aware of the need to protect a stunningly beautiful, yet environmentally fragile region. The main aim was to give the youth of Ladakh a platform to realize their dreams and potential.
We believe that the Ladakhis being born at such high altitude have a natural advantage in endurance sports. If given the right exposure and training they have the potential to excel in the field of long distance running.
To give the local runners an exposure to International races, the organisers of Ladakh Marathon (Rimo Expeditions), pioneered an annual program in sponsoring the Ladakhi winners of the event to participate in various marathons held in different parts of the country, the most prominent being the TATA Mumbai Marathon (earlier Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon). These runners are also being coached under the dedicated guidance of some of the renowned trainers we have in our country.
We are very pleased to share that in the past eight years these runners of Ladakh have done tremendously well by not only improving their individual timings but also achieving podium finishes at different marathons around the country. Jigmet Dolma, our elite runner, made us proud by representing India at the 13th South Asian Games held in Nepal in December 2019. Ladakh marathoners dominated the 2020 New Delhi IDBI Marathon with a clean sweep of women’s half marathon podium. On 10th January 2021, Jigmet was part of the 8-member Indian team that represented the country in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon Bangladesh and was placed 4th in the Elite Women category.
We aim and remain dedicated to groom the young athletes of Ladakh.