Runners Route Weekly # 10 : Ladakh Marathon


In this edition we take you through Ladakh Marathon – one of the world’s highest marathons held in India and the latest news in the international marathon circuit.

Ladakh Marathon sees overwhelming response

Around 4000 running enthusiasts participated in the 4th edition of Ladakh Marathon held on Sunday, 13th September 2015 across four categories, 7km race, half marathon, marathon, The Khardungla Challenge – 72km ultra-marathon.Runners from all across the country participated in the marathon.

Ladakh Marathon 2015

Runners participating in Ladakh Marathon

Deputy Commissioner Leh Prasanna Ramaswamy G, GoC 14 Core Maj General Patyal, Air Marshal P.P.Reddy and LSRC CO Col. N Singh flagged off the marathon from Shanti Stupa. The 7Km race saw a lot of participation from schools students. 1600 runners participated in Half Marathon, 300 in Full Marathon.

The toughest of all categories was The Khardungla Challenge – 72km ultra-marathon in which 100 runners participated. LSRC Jawan Tsewang Todan won the race with a timing 06:33:41.

The event was organized by Rimo Expeditions, India’s leading Adventure Travel Company with the support of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council and the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.It is one of the very few marathons in India accredited by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and is one of the world’s highest marathon held at a height of 11,500 ft.

International news and updates

Florence Kiplagat and Tsegaye Kebede to participate in Chicago Marathon

The organizers of Bank of America Chicago Marathon have confirmed the participation of Kenyan Florence Kiplagat  and Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede in the 38th edition of the event to be held on 11th October 2015 in Chicago, in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is one of the six World Major Marathons and is also an IAAF Gold Label race.

Florence Kiplagat

Florence Kiplagat

Florence Kiplagat is the current world record holder for women’s half marathon with her time of 1:05:09 hours set at the Mitja Marató de Barcelona. She is also a two-time world champion, having won at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Tsegaye Kebede

Tsegaye Kebede

Tsegaye Kebede has established himself as one of the most renowned long distance runners in the marathon circuit. He has several elite marathon wins to his credit, like, Paris Marathon, Fukouka Marathon, London Marathon. He was a marathon bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also at 2009 World Championships.

Kebede and Kitwara will be joined by Kenyans Dickson Chumba, Wesley Korir, Lucas Rotich and Sammy Ndungu, Ethiopians Tilahun Regassa and Abera Kuma. Yoshii Saoshi from Japan, Australia’s Liam Adams, Canada’s Rob Watson , Great Britain’s Mitch Goose and US runner Fernando Cabada will also be on the hunt for a podium finish.

Defending champions Kipsang and Keitany confirm participation in Newyork City Marathon

Defending champion in men’s category Wilson Kipsang and in women’s category Mary Keitany have confirmed their participation in TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday 1st November 2015.

Kipsang of Kenya poses during victory ceremony after winning 40th Berlin marathon_ladakh

Wilson Kipsang

Bronze medalist in 2012 Summer Olympics marathon, Kipsang was formerly the world record holder with a time of 2:03:23 set at the 2013 Berlin Marathon. He will face strong challenge from American Meb Keflezigh  and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor . Keflezigh was a silver medalist in 2004 Summer Olympics marathon and  shot to fame by winning  the 2009 Newyork City Marathon and the 2014 Boston Marathon. Kamworor is the world cross-country and half-marathon champion.Joining them will be Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa, last year’s runner-up and Gebre Gebremariam,  last year’s second runner-up and winner of this year’s Boston Marathon.

Mary Keitany

Mary Keitany

Kenyan Mary Keitany  was a silver medalist at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships and became the World Half Marathon champion two years later.Her time of 1:05:50 in the half marathon was once a world record and currently the second fastest of all-time, after 1:05:09 set by Florence Kiplagat. Joining Keitany will be her compatriot Sally Kipyego, Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, world silver medallist Helah Kiprop, Ethiopia’s London Marathon champion Tigist Tufa, and USA’s Laura Thweatt. Incidentally, both Kipyego and Thweatt will be making their marathon debut in this event.

Started in 1970, TCS New York City Marathon is one of the World Major Marathons and is one of the largest marathons in the world. It is a IAAF Gold Label race.

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