The Best Ultra-Marathons to run in India

By September 6, 2019 No Comments
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Ultramarathons are becoming the race of choice for marathon runners who have conquered multiple full marathons, and we have put together our picks of the best ultra marathons in India.

Ladakh Marathon

Organised in September every year by Rimo Expeditions, the Ladakh Marathon consists of a 72 km run over the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable point (17,618 ft above mean sea level). The historic capital of Leh, the stunning vistas as you cross the Indus River and the dramatic climb up to the Khardung La from Nubra will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran Ladakh, the world’s highest marathon. It is an annual event that takes place in LEH during the month of September. Being certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), it has put the event on the global marathon calendar. Khardung La Challenge, one of the four races of the event, is now the world’s highest and among the toughest ultra marathons, that is attracting some of the best runners from across the globe.

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Solang Sky Ultra

The Solang Sky Ultra is a trail marathon that is organised every October. The longest run is a 60 km course with an elevation gain of 6260m. It has a challenging cut off time of 30 hours. It is the finale race in the Hell Race series and the Trail Runner of the year is decided in this race. The qualifying criteria are very strict as its a high altitude race. Set in the valley of Solang, 12kms above Manali, Himachal Pradesh, runners will get all sorts of sections and terrain one can expect to see in any pure trail international race.

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The Malnad Ultra

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The Malnad Ultra is a challenging trail run with three categories of race distances – 50,80 and 110km.  The course takes place in the Western Ghats of South India and is certified by the International Trail Running Association. the course takes runners through seven coffee estates and provides magnificent views of the Bhadra Reservoir and Bhadra Wildlife Reserve in the Western Ghats of South India. These estates have a history of over 150 years and are home to over 100 plant species and 50 animal species.

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Chambal Challenge

Chambal Challenge is a Zero Loop Ultra Marathon that tempts as well as tests a runner with not just the distance but the rugged terrain, distinct topography and spectacular views. This Ultra combines road run, uphill, downhill and trail running into one long run. Every few kilometers changes in the terrain and the landscape requires the best from a runner in terms of strategy as well as skill. Certainly not for those who are looking for a personal best at a given distance.

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Hemmis Trail Marathon

This high altitude marathon is a challenge for every runner because of the low oxygen levels. Its is an extreme running event and requires runners to climb to an altitude of 15,000 ft above mean sea level. runners are expected to be well trained and acclimatised to the altitude and the organisers follow strict qualifying criteria. There are three categories – 50,100 and 150km trails to conquer. 

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So if you feel like challenging yourself then these would be a great set of ultramarathons to try.

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