Run Of Kutch is one of the toughest ultra running races in the country, and after the success of the event this year, it’s back for the 2016 season. This will be the third edition of Run of Kutch.
Registration for the 2016 Run Of Kutch is now open, and the event organized by the Globeracers and supported by the BSF, will be held from February 19 to 21, 2016.
The last date for registrations is December 27, 2015 and if you register before December 15, for the 160km solo run, the registration fee is $300 (approx Rs 18,000), while the registration fees for the 100km, the 50km, and the 25km run are $250 (approx Rs 15,000), $135 (approx Rs 8,000), and $100 (approx Rs 6,000) respectively. Post that date, the 160km solo registration fee will go up to $350 or (approx Rs 21,000), while the fees for the 100km, the 50km, and the 25km will rise to $280/ (approx Rs 17,000), $150 (approx Rs 9,000), and $115 (approx Rs 6,900) respectively.
To qualify for participation in the 160km Ultra run, the prospective runner must have completed at least 100km run in the past 12 months, and for the 100km race, runners must have completed at least two 50km races in the past 12 months.
The event organizers will provide accommodation and meals for all registered runners during the course of the event. The 160 Km and the 100 Km races will begin on February 19, while the 50K and the 25K events will be flagged off the next day. Each race has a time limit, with the 160km event featuring a 36 hour limit, 21 hours for the 100km run, 18 hours for the 50km run and four hours for the 25K. After the completion of the race all participants will receive a race a medal, a memento, a T-shirt, and a digital certificate.
The race route explores Large Rann, the salt desert along the sea coast and ends near Dhorodo, in the Great Big White Rann where the Rann Utsav, a celebration and exhibition of the culture of the state of Gujarat, takes place till March. The race will start at the coastal town of Lakhpat, on the tip of Indian west, cut through the ruins of Lakhpat, progress towards the White Desert through the towns of Haji Peer and Luna, head to Khavda and finish on the Great White Rann.
The organizers have planned an event after the completion of all the races to give participants a chance to explore the desolate and beautiful landscape of the Kutch region, one of the most picturesque locations in India. For more information, visit the official website.
Images: Run of Kutch
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