We are proud to announce 8 September 2013 as the date for the second annual Ladakh Marathon.
The announcement was made by Shri Rigzin Spalbar, Chairman of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council at an event to celebrate the success of the first inaugural Ladakh Marathon which took place on 9 September 2012.
Race day for the completed event saw almost 1,500 runners take part in events that included a full marathon around the capital of Leh at an altitude of 3524 metres (11,562 feet) and the ultra marathon, the extreme Khardung La Challenge, where runners crossed one of the world’s highest passes 5602 metres (18,380 feet).
“The 2013 Ladakh Marathon will be bigger and better,” said Chewang Motup. “We are already getting enquiries from runners around India who want to participate. 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.”
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About the Ladakh Marathon
The Ladakh Marathon takes place during the Ladakh Festival, a weeklong celebration of sport, culture and tradition in a predominantly Buddhist high mountain desert region that was a central stop on the historic Silk Route between Central Asia and India.
The eco-friendly “green” marathon will 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.
The event is organized by Leh-based Rimo Expeditions, India’s leading adventure travel company in cooperation with the support of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council and Jammu & Kashmir Tourism.