Ladakh Marathon, is an annual event after it was started in 2012 on account of the devastating flash floods in which 200 human lose their lives and many of them became homeless in Leh district in August 2010.The event was started to state to the world that Ladakh is back again and it has started running. Aim of event is to encourage the youth of Ladakh to live a healthy lifestyle by taking up, running in hostile weather conditions and to become more aware of the need to protect the environmentally fragile region.
This event provide a great opportunity for fun loving travellers, enthusiastic locals and experienced runners to test their fitness over a iety of races included in the Ladakh Marathon. Let’s have a quick look at what’s the adventure in store in this exciting event.
7 km race It is shortest race in the marathon event, it is expected to draw good crowds as every fun loving tourist to enthusiastic locals are bound to try their luck this short sprint.
Half Marathon it is not tougher than 7 km race; the half marathon would be participited by physically fit individuals like athletes and regular runners, as it is difficult to run at a stretch at great heights. Passing the route you will see the lovely city of Leh and its outskirts; Race starts from famous Shanti Stupa and lasts for over 21 km.
Marathon Now coming to the main event, the Ladakh Marathon, which takes you through the profound valleys of Leh you will be running along the banks of famous Indus River.
The Khardungla Challenge it is a distance over 72 km; this marathon is considered to be the mother of all marathon races, where the fittest souls fight for a space in finish line, this race tests the limits of human endurance. It starts at the Khardung village, from here the route goes uphill to Khardung La pass, which is the world’s highest drivable road at a height of 17,618 ft above sea level.
Just different from other marathons, you need to arrive in Leh atleast a week in advance to make your body friendly with environment of Ladakh for race day. Never forget that you are running at 3500m above sea level so it is imperative that you get acclimatized to the high altitude.
There are many races take place in and around Leh, the historic capital of Ladakh offers runners the unique opportunity to run with local Ladakhis through the most beautiful landscape will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran the Ladakh Marathon