Marathon takes place in Ladakh, a predominantly Buddhist high mountain desert region that was a central stop on the historic Silk Route between Central Asia and India.
Race day is on Sunday 14 September 2014 with four events including the world’s highest ultra-marathon run “The Khardung La Challenge” where runners cross one of the world’s highest motor-able pass at 5360 metres (17,586 feet).
It is an opportunity for runners to run in a race like no other and for their families, while runners acclimatise to the high altitude, to explore and discover a unique and ancient culture that has seen the peaceful co-existence of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.
The event is organised by Rimo Expeditions, India’s leading Adventure Travel Company with the support of the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. It is an opportunity for runners from around India and the world to Run Ladakh shoulder to shoulder with local Ladakhis.
The first eco-friendly “green” marathon took place on 9th September 2012; two years after devastating flash floods tore through the region leaving a trail of death and destruction. It was a sign to say that “Ladakh is back and running”. The 2012 event saw almost 1,500 runners take part.
And the second edition of the event on 8th September 2013 was even bigger with participation crossing over 2200 runners from all across the world! It was encouraging to see the increase.
To attract even bigger participation in the 3rd edition we have reduced the distance for our 10 km run to 07 km and have named as “Run Ladakh for Fun”. This makes it the shortest race but it doesn’t mean the 07 km run will be easy. You will still need good physical condition to run at 11,500ft. And as the name suggests, this race is for fun and for all kind of people from students to elders, armed forced and families stationed at Leh, and tourists who happen to be in Leh at the marathon time.We expect this run to have the widest participation with most enthusiasm.
The main aim of the event remains to encourage the young people of Ladakh to live a healthy lifestyle by taking up running and become more aware of the need to protect a stunningly beautiful but environmentally fragile region. And as the event grows we hope that it would attract the best runners from around the world.Our goal is to become a key stop on the marathon calendar for runners, not just from Leh, but from around India and the world.