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Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the world famous sporting event in India, the Ladakh Marathon has been cancelled for this year. Ladakh Marathon Founder and Race Director Chewang Motup said that the 9th edition of the event scheduled for September 13, this year stands cancelled.
AIR correspondent reports, the 9th Edition of Ladakh Marathon is even more special as it had become a qualifying event of Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group from this year.
At an altitude of 11000 ft and above, Ladakh Marathon has emerged as one of the most prestigious high altitude races on the Marathon Calendar of the world. Mr Chewang Motup said, a great uncertainty prevailing in the region due to Covid-19 and border issues.
After the risk assessment exercise as per the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for holding events involving mass participation, the organizers took a collective decision to cancel the four races of the Ladakh Marathon.
Mr Chewang Motup said, all registrations for full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 km and 5 km in 9th edition have been automatically transferred to 2021-2022.
However, the status of the two elite races that's the 72 km Khardungla Challenge (17,618ft) and the 122 km Silk Route Ultra are under review with a restricted number of participation of 200. Mr Chewang Motup appealed all the registered runners of these two races NOT to reserve any flights till the final decision by July 30.(07/04/2020) Views: 687 ⚡AMP
Ladakh Marathon is a unique opportunity for runners from around India and the world to run with local Ladakhis through an ancient Buddhist kingdom grappling with the rapid changes of today. 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...more...