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ABOUT HIGH ALTITUDE MARATHON

The Marathon is a very challenging event even for the most seasoned marathon runner, and yet at the same time affords an invigorating course for the keen athlete. The course, which takes the runners through picturesque villages and amazing mountain views, is done on flat asphalt and gravel roads. It is marked by steep ascents and descents. The roads do not require special footwear. There will be a drink station approximately every 5 kilometres serving bottled water. Electrolyte drinks and bananas will be served at selected drink stations. For runners with other nutritional requirements, personal provisions can be placed at selected drink stations. A team of specialised medical doctors and officials will be in attendance for the duration of the marathon. The selected team will have undisputed authority to exclude runners who, according to their judgement, should not continue running.

The well-prepared runners should be able to complete the Marathon in 3 hours and this requires careful planning as every part of the course requires a different strategy because of the topography. Even though we start the race early, 06h00, most runners will experience the sun and heat as they run. It is recommended to wear light/light-coloured running gear during the race. The greatest challenge at such a high altitude for athletes not accustomed to the altitude is breathing.