THE GOMPA RUN

When one is in the land of the Spiti with its spiritual history and the present competing with unmatched landscape and terrain, we thought it is a crime not to have a race that took you  to these exceptional places, including the highest inhabited village in Asia, Komic, Kibber village, Key Monastery (Gompa) and Tnagyud Monastery.

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION:

  • Registration dates: January 1, 2017 – June 1, 2017
  • Race Date: AUGUST 5, 2017
  • ARRIVAL IN KAZA: JULY 31, 2017
  • Acclimatization: 5 days
  • Acclimatization location: KAZA, HIMACHAL PRADESH

FORMAT:

  • SINGLE STAGE, 55kms, total time 10 Hrs.
  • Semi supported race with aid-stations at start point, 10Kms, 30Kms, 37Kms, 44Kms, and finish point (55Kms) .
  • Runners are expected to carry either a water bottle or hydration pack to avoid usage of disposable cups and disposable bottles.

FEE:

  • $230/Rs.15,000 – Till April 16, 2917
  • $270/Rs.17,500 from April 17, 2017

FEE INCLUDES:

  • Stay at Kaza upon from AUGUST 3-5, 2017 (3 nights)
  • Pre-race dinner at Kaza
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the stay from AUGUST 3-5, 2017
  • Water at the camp and through the race.
  • Great quality pictures to document your race.

RACE CATEGORIES:

Age as on the event date will apply.

  • Men: 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61 and above
  • Women: 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61 and above

RACE BOOK AND LOG:

Your race book will contain course directions, emergency information and your race logs. Ensure you do not lose the book, which will attract time and disqualification penalties.

WEATHER, TERRAIN:

  • Temperatures: Dipping to freezing temperatures at night. Day time sun beats down mercilessly at this altitude causing dehydration, sun burn and dizzy spells.
  • Temperatures dip as low as 1-2 Celcius at night. Villages are far and few on the route.
  • Terrain: Broken path, dusty sections, snow peaks and narrow trails cut in to the side of mountains.

TRAVEL, VISAS, SAFETY:

  • Walkie-talkies and satellite phones: Runners and those without permit are not allowed to carry and use walkie-talkies or satellite phones. You are not allowed to bring them in to the country without prior permits.
  • Inform your embassy where you are traveling to and why. Provide us with your embassy’s contact information in the registration form for communication in an emergency.
  • Foreign nationals will require a visa to come to India, which is the sole responsibility of the participant to procure one well within the event start date. Foreign nationals will also require an inner-line permit, which can be procured upon arrival at Reckong Peo.
  • Runners will have access to emails/net at the end of the race day, where network is available. A computer/laptop/notepad will be made available to you before the start of the race on Day 1 and at the end of the race on Day 2 or Day 3 based on your race category.
  • Runners and their crew can travel to Kaza via Manali or Chandigarh. Chandigarh is connected to major cities via an airport and railways. Manali has an airport at Buntar but mainly connected by bus (An overnight bus from Delhi bring you to Manali. Onward travel from Manali to Kaza is only by road and only taxis ply on this road. You must leave Manali in the early hours to safely reach Kaza before night fall and avoid gushing icy water streams where water level rise as the sun comes up)
  • Post race finish at Rohtang pass, closest destination is Manali, Himachal Pradesh, from where road transportation to travel to Delhi is viable.

 

REGISTER

The race route is designed to include some of the most picturesque locations of this Himalayan landscape while the elevation and terrain challenges the runner. Be aware of the fact that the runner always runs above 3,650 metres (11,980 ft) elevation and needs to be amply acclimatized. The medical team’s recommendation is at least 6-8 days prior to the start of the race.

Your GOMPA RUN journey begins in Kibber, one of the highest elevation villages, routes Key Gompa and to Komic, bringing you to Kaza for the finish.

Below is the route map. For GPS data or further route information, write to us at info@globeracers.com

  • A runner must have completed two a minimum of 3 marathons in the past 24 months. If you have completed any other high altitude events or ultra races which may qualify you to apply, do fill the form with all relevant information and our coordination team with get back you.

REGISTER FOR THE GOMPA RUN

RACE SUPPLIES AND GEAR CHECK BEFORE THE RACE:

  • Whistle
  • Buff
  • Emergency medical supplies
  • 2 liter hydration pack
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Race patches stitched on to the sleeve of your tee shirt as prescribed in race rules.
  • Warmers or sleeves for legs and arms
  • Contact numbers of all race officials and emergency personnel
  • Stage route map
  • Race log

RECOMMENDED GEAR:

  • GPS watch
  • Warm clothing
  • USB spare/solar charging unit
  • Hiking poles

RACE PATCHES:

All participants must submit their race gear for inspection before start of each stage. All mandatory race gear must be procured and be lightweight. Racers must carry a minimum of 4000 calories in your pack, which can be restocked from your supplies at the camps. Your baggage, excluding your race pack, will be made available to you at camp at end of each race day.

All racers must wear their race bibs, one in the front of the tee shirt, and one attached to their race pack. All racers must also visibly wear the event organizer’s patch on the right sleeve, provided to you with your race welcome kit.

REFUND, CANCELLATION, ALTERATION:

In the event of cancellation by the participant, please refer to the cancellation terms below.

In the event of organizers canceling the race for any reason, before April 16, 2017, a full refund will be made to all participants.

In the event of organizers canceling the race, post April 15 2107, for unforeseen reasons such as natural calamities, and unsafe conditions, organizers will make all efforts to reschedule the event to a later date and or conduct the race on an alternate route or on a shorter route.

The event organizers reserve the right to change the race route to ensure safety of the racers and are under no obligation to provide prior notice to the participants. Organizers reserve the right to change the dates in light of any unforeseen conditions, and will not reimburse unless the race is cancelled in its entirety, in which case cancellation conditions stated above will apply.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

A participant can choose to roll-over to any of Globeracers’ races in one 12-month period following the race he or she is registered for as per the following terms.

  1. At 80% of the paid race fee for notifying 45 days prior to the race start.
  2. At 50% of the paid race fee for notifying 30 days prior to the race start.
  3. At 25% of the paid race fee for notifying 15 days prior to the race start.
  4. No refund of roll-over within two weeks of the race.

Above and beyond the notified terms, a participant’s request to roll-over will be considered by the Race Director of the race under special circumstances such as a death or natural calamities that the participant has no control over.

For any of your requests to be considered, please write to us on this email id: info@globeracers.com

We understand unavoidable circumstances can arise any time and we will do our best to consider your request. We also trust you understand that race logistics once in place cannot be withdrawn and our ability to offer you a fee roll-over becomes limited.

 

WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE:

When withdrawing from the race, a racer must notify the race marshals or the officials at the aid-stations and have their race log signed and handed over to the race official. The racers must then await transportation to the nearest evacuation facility and or end point, as and when organizers vehicles become available. In case of medical emergencies, the racer will be transported to the nearest hospital.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

You are racing in environmentally fragile locations. As ultra spirit goes ‘leave the place better than you found it’, ensure you do not leave trash on the route, carry all plastic and wrappers to the next aid-stations where you can deposit it in one of the waste containers. Ensure you are not loud, are respectful of the locals and their traditions, are friendly and considerate of your fellow racers and all organizing team members. All volunteers are working hard to ensure you have a good and safe race. Do smile and thank them for their assistance 🙂

DISPUTES:

  • Any disputes or appeals must be submitted in writing to the race director, by sending an email to Kavitha@globeracers.com, within 15 days of completion of the event, with all relevant data and/or any supporting documents/data. Race Director’s decision is final. All appeals must be submitted in English, which is also the official language of the race.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

A participant can choose to roll-over to any of Globeracers’ races in one 12-month period following the race he or she is registered for as per the following terms.

  1. At 80% of the paid race fee for notifying 45 days prior to the race start.
  2. At 50% of the paid race fee for notifying 30 days prior to the race start.
  3. At 25% of the paid race fee for notifying 15 days prior to the race start.
  4. No refund of roll-over within two weeks of the race.

Above and beyond the notified terms, a participant’s request to roll-over will be considered by the Race Director of the race under special circumstances such as a death or natural calamities that the participant has no control over.

For any of your requests to be considered, please write to us on this email id: info@globeracers.com

 

We understand unavoidable circumstances can arise any time and we will do our best to consider your request. We also trust you understand that race logistics once in place cannot be withdrawn and our ability to offer you a fee roll-over becomes limited.

PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING.

  1. APPLY FOR THE RACE AS EARLY AS FEBRUARY FOR THAT YEAR’S RACE.
  2. AWAIT OUR ACCEPTANCE EMAIL
  3. APPLY FOR YOUR VISA IF YOU NEED ONE TO TRAVEL TO INDIA.
  4. PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO INDIA AND TO THE RACE VENUE AHEAD OF TIME.
  5. SEEK GUIDANCE FROM OUR RACE COORDINATOR ASSIGNED TO THIS RACE TO PLAN FOR YOUR CREW VEHICLE LOCALLY AND/OR ANY CREW THAT YOU MAY WANT ADDITIONALLY.
  6. PLAN FOR YOUR CREW STAY AT THE RACE VENUE AND LOGISTICS.
  7. UNDERSTAND RUNNING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS SUCH AS WEATHER, TERRAIN, ALTITUDE AND PLAN YOUR TRAINING ACCORDINGLY.
  8. CHOOSE A FEW WELL MANAGED AND MODERATELY TOUGH MOUNTAIN RACES PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL RACE AS TRAINING RACES.
  9. GET YOUR COMPLETE MEDICAL CHECK
  10. CHOOSE YOUR GEAR AND TRAIN WITH IT
  11. CHOOSE YOUR CREW CAREFULLY.
  12. WORKOUT YOUR RACE PLAN WITH YOUR CREW AND TRAIN WITH THEM IF POSSIBLE.
  13. ARRIVE IN INDIA EARLIER THAN THE RACE MANDATED SCHEDULE IF POSSIBLE.
  14. IF YOU NOT USED TO WATER OTHER THAN PROCESSED AND FILTERED WATER, ENSURE YOU CHOOSE YOUR WATER SOURCES IN INDIA CAREFULLY.
  15. ARRIVE AT THE RACE VENUE AS PER SCHEDULE TO ACCLIMATIZE
  16. HAVE A GREAT RACE. WE ARE READY FOR YOU.