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Marathon entry fee | North Sikkim permit fees Cash Awards (Pending - Men, Women & Veteran category) | Medal | Finisher certificates (who finish within 8 hours) | Participation | certificates (for those who complete outside the cut off time) | T'shirts Race Marshals | Race Timing | Water stations with water, beverages, | snacks, etc Medical assistance Bus transfer from Gangtok – Lachen – Thangu and back on seat in a coach basis 2 night’s dormitory accommodation in Lachen & 1 night Thangu using dormitory or tented camp Meals as mentioned in itinerary Service of our trek staff and volunteers Group camping equipment
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Global Running Day & the Guru Dongmar Marathon
The Gurudongmar Marathon at 17,800 ft. is possibly the highest Marathon in the world. Located in the high plateau of North Sikkim near the Tibet, China border this race is promoted by the Sikkim Mountaineering Association.
The Gurudongmar Marathon is a not for profit event to promote active lifestyles through sports. It’s a 42K run from Gurudongmar, 17,800 ft., North Sikkim. The run is to make people aware about health and fitness at all ages by going out and doing a simple run or outdoor activity.
The run is schedule to fall on the first Wednesday of June to commemorate & celebrate “Global Running Day” & the “Million Kid Run”.
Gurudongmar Lake at 5200 m. above sea level is one of the highest lakes in the world. The drive to this lake is one of the most picturesque in all of Sikkim. Along the drive the landscape is a beautiful, lush green until you reach Thangu where, as you climb higher, the tree line disappears and the lush green panoramas turn into a barren and foreboding landscape.
Frozen for most of the year the lake is fabled as the site where Guru Rinpoche is said to have paused while traveling through the region. Guru Rinpoche, is said to have helped the locals with sourcing water from the lake.
Our race starts at an elevated spur above the lake at an altitude of 17,800 ft.
The Gurudongmar Marathon is a high altitude marathon so you will need to get here a few days prior to the race so that you can acclimatize. The race program is from 1st June to 4th June 2020. Please make sure you arrive at Gangtok at least one or two days prior to our departure date for Lachen.
Detailed program details
1st June (Mon): Gangtok - Lachen
You need to reach the Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) terminal, Gangtok by 07:00 am to board our bus which leaves for Lachen at 07:30 am. The journey can take 5-7 hours with permit checks, bathroom breaks and lunch stop in between. On arrival at Lachen, registrations and orientation and you can explore the village of Lachen on your own or rest to acclimatize to the height. Race briefing will be held in the afternoon.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
2nd June (Tue): Lachen - Thangu
After an early breakfast, we board our bus for Thangu. The drive can take two to three hours depending on road and traffic consideration. You are on your own to explore this outback but should make it a point to crash in early as we have a very early start the next morning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Dormitory or tented camp
3rd June (Wed): Race Day & back to Lachen
An early wake-up call around 4 am, so that we can move to Guru Dongmar which can take an hour and a half or slightly more. The race will be flagged off around 07:30 – 08:00 am and on completion of the race you will be transferred back to Lachen. In the evening there will be a celebratory dinner with prize giving ceremony.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4th June (Thu): Return to Gangtok
After an early breakfast, we drive back to Gangtok. End of the program.
Race Headquarters, Gangtok
SMA Office at Vajra, Gangtok is the official connecting point.
Address is: Vajra, North Taxi Stand, Baluwa Khani, Gangtok, East Sikkim.
Medical emergency /Evacuation
Participants in an ordinary marathon are easily injured. In connection with The Guru Dongmar Marathon the risk is obviously not less. You need to be adequately insured so that you are covered in case of any eventualities.
In the case of emergency evacuation, SMA will help facilitate all evacuation efforts but costs will have to be borne by the participant.
Accommodation in Gangtok
The marathon does not cover your stay in Gangtok prior to and after the races. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim boasts a wide variety of hotels from budget to boutique hotels and resorts. If you require our assistance in booking a hotel please kindly indicate your preferences and budget at the time of booking the race.
A briefing session on Marathon will be held at the event hotel in Lachen on 1st June during which you will be provided comprehensive information about the race. Runners will also be provided official marathon t-shirts, & race numbers.
Race Cut Off time of race is eight hours. Only finishers within this time will get finishers certificate. Runners outside this time frame will get a participation certificate only.
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