The Ladakh Marathon is Up and Running!

11 Aug 2012 07:58
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Leh, J&K, July 22, 2012: Runners taking part in the first Ladakh Marathon can now register online at or in person at two locations in Leh, Ladakh.

Race day for Run Ladakh is on 9 September 2012 with four events including a 10 km run, a half-marathon and a full marathon around the capital of Leh at an altitude of 3524 metres (11,562 feet.) There is also the extreme Khardung La Challenge where runners take part in the highest endurance run across one of the world’s highest passes 5602 metres (18,380 feet.)

The races are being organized 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 to run shoulder to shoulder with local Ladakhis and experience the stunning beauty of a high mountain desert landscape where the Kararkoram mountains and the Himalaya meet.

The races take place during the Ladakh Festival, a two-week long celebration of sport, culture and tradition that offers the best of this predominantly Buddhist region dotted with ancient monasteries, high mountain passes and stark landscape populated by explosions of greenery made possible through ingenious irrigation channels.

In a letter of support for the event, Shri Nawang Rigzin Jora, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism & Culture, Government of Jammu & Kashmir said the event is a potent symbol of the never-say-die attitude of the Ladakhi people, many of whom suffered greatly during the flash floods of 2010. "I am amazed at spirit of my people, and l salute them! " said Jora. “It took us little time to recover and get back on our feet. We are not only up on our feet again but are ready to run and that, too, a marathon.”

Shri Rigzin Spalbar, chairman of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council said he hoped the eco-friendly “green” marathon would 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. “It will be the first Marathon held here that will give Ladakhis, especially the youth, an opportunity to participate,” said Spalbar. “The event is a great opportunity to help promote awareness about the need to live a healthy lifestyle and a clean environment.”

For registration details and options including walk-in locations please visit the registration page at