Location Meili Snow Mountains, China
Happening in: May
Race categories: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Ultramarathon
Next on: May 28th, 2016Race website
The Shangri-La Marathon is unlike any other race in the world. It is a challenging adventure race, a mountain marathon and ultramarathon, which takes place on some of the most breathtaking mountains in the world. The Meili Snow Mountains, or Kawagarbo Mountains as it is known by local residents and pilgrims, is part of the grand Himalayan Mountain range in the Yunnan province of Southern China, bordering Tibet.
The race features 100k and 50k Ultramarathon distances and 42k Full and 21k Half Marathon distances for runners. The location is absolutely incredible with breathtaking sights to experience. The course features diverse range of terrain and climate with some good elevation gains, ranging from a combined 1,775m (5,823ft) for 21k Half Marathon runners to 5,288m (17,350ft) for 100k Ultramarathon runners, the first 5k is the most challenging with a 1,000 meter climb.
Because of the remote location, the race entry includes transportation from the town of Shangri-La to the race location (approx. 6-hours away), plus 2-nights camping with amenities and team chef to cater to runners. This allows runners to have an experience as easy and seamless as possible.