While September brings promises of autumn and cooler climes, it also carries some of summer’s last long days that make for perfect racing weather. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting marathons and running events scheduled for the month in India and around the world.
Satara Hill Half Marathon – Sep 6
A member of the International Association of Marathons and Distance Races, the Satara Hill Half Marathon passes through the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. The winding hilly route is a demanding one, crossing several narrow trails and tropical forested areas, including the World Heritage Site of the Kaas Plateau. The race attracts runners from all over the world thanks to its exciting route that has often been compared to the famous Comrades marathon of South Africa. Usually attached with a charitable cause, the Satara Hill Marathon this year will be supporting the cause of organ donation.
Ladakh Marathon – Sep 13
Welcome to the world’s highest marathon at 11,500ft! The incredibly beautiful course of the Ladakh marathon begins and ends in the historic capital of Leh, and winds through outskirts, charming hamlets and nerve-wracking slopes and turns across the mighty Indus. The event comprises a 7K race along with the Half and Full Marathons. There is also a 72K Khardungla Challenge for ultra enthusiasts, which involves a steady climb to the world’s highest motorable road – the Khardungla Pass amidst spectacular views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges.
Kaveri Trail Marathon – Sep 19
Claimed as one of the toughest races in India by many, the Kaveri Trail Marathon is organized at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna, Karnataka and comprises a 10K race as well as the Full and Half Marathons. In its 9th year now, the race attracts over 2000 runners from across the globe, including renowned names from the running world. Organized by Runners For Life, the marathon course is known for its scenic beauty, physical challenges and excellent support crew.
Lake Michigan Trail Marathon – Sep 6
The gorgeous trails along the South Shore of Lake Michigan are reasons enough to take on this challenge, though it also helps that the race is USATF certified and a Boston qualifier. Part of the Great Lakes marathon series, the Michigan Trail starts and ends at the Sheridan Park in Cudahy, and passes through four other national parks in Milwaukee Country. While the course is relatively flat and fast, there are some challenging bits along the beach and on a few hiking routes. The event comprises a Marathon, Half Marathon, 50k race and a 20-Mile “Training Run”.
Oslo Marathon – Sep 19
The Oslo running weekend comprises a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 3K races, where a majority of the course winds along the sea front, promising postcard views of the Akershus Fortress and other attractions. The marathon route is largely flat and fast making it a popular event among runners to achieve a PB. With a cutoff time of 6 hours, the marathon passes some of the city’s primary highlights such as the Opera House, Karl Johan gate, before arriving at the seaside of Radhusplassen (City Town Hall).
Vietnam Mountain Marathon – Sep 26
More than 800 international runners from over 45 countries are expected to run the Vietnam Mountain Marathon, famous as one of the toughest trails in the world. Organized in Sapa in the northern province of Lao Cai, the race comprises 4 categories – 10K, 21K, 42K and 70K. Each route comes with challenging climbs and descents and chances of extreme weather and sudden rains, but also a chance to experience Vietnam’s remote and resplendent mountain roads.