First ever marathon in Narkanda

Actual view from the start point


The MARATHON

Be the trend setter and be among the first ones to participate in a Marathon in the Lower Himalayas. Run with your mind, heart and soul


The HIMALAYAS

Catch the beauty of the Himalayas in full splendor. Absorb the energy all around. Be one with yourself and take on the challenge to push yourself to higher limits


The CHALLENGE

It's uphill, it's downhill, it has curves, it has bends, little villages and pine forests: that's the marathon track. Perched at a max. altitude of 9,410 ft. Sure to give your body a run to remember.

Register Your Marathon Running Spot

Limited number of spots and stay options. Say yes to the challenge of Himalayas.

Last date for registration: November 20, 2018

Schedule

24th November, 2018 - Bib collection day at Narkanda

25th November, 2018 - Race Day

 

The Route

 

  • The run kicks off at a picturesque curve just outside Narkanda and turns on to MDR 15 towards Thanadhar. After 4.5km it takes a detour on to the Narkanda-Baghi Rd. At 6 km along this road, it takes a U-Turn and shall return all the way to the start point. This is where the marathon ends. The runners go through a terrain of deep alpine forest and fruit orchards on an adventure which includes skirting a mountain.

 

The Course

 

  • The course begins just outside Narkanda with a moderate descent for about 3 km and then climbs steadily up for about 2.5 km. This is followed by a steep incline for another 2.5 km and a 2 km decline at the end. This is the U-turn point at Shalag. The total altitude gained is 760 ft.
  • After the U-turn we go back down the path we’ve come up and finish at Narkanda.
  • The course is moderate and altitude acclimatization is key – train well with hill training or a load on your back.
  • See the Map and the Elevations - come prepared to stay a few days after the run too - Enjoy the fresh mountain air and nature.


Expected Weather

Who Should Participate(qualification criteria/pre-requisites)

  • Participants need to be at least 18 years old to run for the Half-Marathon and must have completed a half-marathon in the last 24 months (information required)
  • Participants need to be at least 15 years old for the 10 K run.
  • Participants need to be at least 8 years old for the 5 K run.
  • These are not runs for the first time half-marathoner or 10 K runner.

Getting there

  • A little over 170 km from Chandigarh, Narkanda is on the NH-5 Hindustan-Tibet highway which connects Shimla to Kinnaur and Spiti. It is about 65 km from Shimla.
  • By Road
    • Chandigarh - 173 KM away. Head north on the NH 5 towards Shimla. Continue on NH 5 to Narkanda which is 65 km from Shimla
    • Shimla - 65 KM away. Head east on NH 5 and reach Narkanda in about 2 hrs
  • By Bus
    • There are HRTC buses and private Volvos from Chandigarh and Delhi to Narkanda
    • There are many more buses to Shimla from both Chandigarh and Delhi. Buses and shared taxis are available for Narkanda
  • Nearest Airports
    • Chandigarh (IXC) | Shimla (SLV) | New Delhi (DEL)
  • Nearest Rail Junction
    • Kalka station (KLK) - This is the closest broad gauge
    • Shimla (SML) - Connected to Kalka by the UNESCO heritage Toy-Train
Remember: Train well and you will finish smiling. All the very best and congratulations on your decision.
Running Safe at altitude: Acclimatization is key - come as many days in advance as possible.

Inclusions


  • Race Bib
  • Timing Chip (For Half and 10K run)
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Timing E-Certificate
  • Route Support & Hydration
  • Medical Assistance
  • Run Festivities
  • Post-run Breakfast

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