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This single-stage race promises to take you through changing terrains, elevations and landscape.  This will be the second edition of the single-stage format in the alluring desert of Rajasthan while the weather is harsh and challenges your endurance, making it, if not the toughest race on the planet, a tough one that India has seen. If you are looking for a challenge and experience the desert,  this single-stage race is the race for you.

Racing through the desert and weaving through its, landscapes, salt flats, rocky ruins, dunes and patchy trails and making your way through sparsely populated villages, the race promises to challenge you mentally and physically with a challenge that extends through the day and night, and finishing the next day, leaving you craving for more, at the finish line.

Race details:

Race will start at Fort Pokhran, as is the tradition for the Thar Desert Race.

This is a crew supported race. Each racer will have a crew supporting them from start to finish, with a minimum three member crew

Race schedule:

April 18, 2013: 

  • Gear check: 8am – 4pm – Mandatory for all runners
  • Pre race briefing: 4pm-5pm
  • Dinner: 5pm onwards.

April 19, 2013 – April 20, 2013:

Race start time: 5am

Race cut-offs:

  • 100 miles: 36 hours
  • 50 miles: 16 hours
  • 30 miles: 8 hours
  • Individual time-station cut-offs will be posted shortly.

Every racer’s must haves: 

  • Gators for shoes
  • Personal water bottles or backpacks
  • Desert cap
  • Heat protection – sunscreen and long sleeve jerseys/sleeves.
  • Headlamp and torch (with ample spare batteries) – Verified during gear check.
  • Pre-packaged food to last you through the day during the run, breakfast and any other additional energy food items.
  • Personal medications that you require in emergencies and those you may be using as prescribed.
  • A personal data band that you can wear on your wrist or hook on to your backpack – Aids in treatment during medical evacuations and contacting your family/emergency contact. Try one of these:  

Other details:

  • Aid stations provided at 20km intervals stocked with water, ice, juices, gatorade, fruits, sandwiches, honey, lemons, salt, sugar, first aid kits and rest area.
  • There will be marshals on the route who can assist you with water during emergencies only.
  • Night-time safety measures are to be followed at all times: Keep the whistle handy, your headlamp must be switched on, have ample water to last the 20kms between aid-stations, and if possible, team up with any runner.
  • You will be weighed in at every aid-station.
  • Race fee does not include accommodation or travel to and from Pokhran (the race location). Please book  your accommodation ahead of time as there is limited accommodation available in the Pokhran area. You can visit their website and make your reservations: http://www.fortpokaran.com/.