There’s something about inaugural races that thrills runners: new terrain to conquer, new records—both competitive and personal best—to set, new people to meet. This maiden race and ultra is all that and more! You can guess by its name—the mythical land of Shangri-La is novelist James Hilton’s fictional account of the legendary Tibetan paradise, Shambala. Hosted on the magnificent Himalayan Mountains in Yunnan Province of Southern China, this challenging mountain race beckons international runners to experience the exotic and mystical lands of China.
“The climb up the mountain track was really tough, but hitting the ridge-line and the first glimpse of the snow peaks made it all worthwhile. It’s a moment I’ll never forget,” said Australian adventure runner Brendan Smith.
With 100km and 50km ultramarathon routes, as well as 42km full and 21km half marathon courses, this is a trail race that will test the limits of every distance runner. Taking place from 24 to 26 April 2015, race day will begin at dawn on the 25th.
Depending on the distance of the run, the course elevation of climbs and descents combined ranges from 1,775m to 5,288m. You can watch the course fly through video to get a preview of what you’re signing up for. But we’re sure that no amount of videos and photos can do justice to the spectacular views of the Shangri-La and Meili Snow Mountains in all their grandeur.
Limited Race Entry—Register Today!
Priced at US$495, race entry includes 2-Nights camping, meals and various amenities. Oh, and of course, an incredible adventure! Family and friends can go as spectators too for US$395.
Find out more about the Shangri-La Marathon and Ultra on their official website.