UNMATCHED STUNNING HIMALAYAN LANDSCAPE, HIGH ALTITUDE, ROUGH TERRAIN WITH ICY STREAMS AND EXTREME TEMPERATURES.
Running in the mountains ranges of The Himalayas, THE SPITI takES you through Spiti Valleys before ending on one of the toughest passes on this planet – The Rohtang La (3,978 m (13,050 ft)). This route cuts through mountains and splendid landscapes, is surrounded by snow capped majestic peaks, goes over two of the highest passes, Kunzum and Rohtang, extends through wide valleys, camps by high altitude lake, The Chandra Taal, and takes you to the highest village in Asia, Komic.
So what makes this route a must-do as we make it out to be? We may be masochistic to some extent, to want pain and suffer these climbs, terrain and landscape, but, we believe no runner is left untouched by the beauty, serenity, and the toughness of the route, surely asking for a repeat!
IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION:
- Application dates: NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – APRIL 1, 2019
- Announcement of accepted entries: MAY 15, 2019
- Last date for race fee payment: June 1, 2019
- Race Dates: AUGUST 16-17, 2019
- ARRIVAL IN KAZA: AUGUST 10, 2019
- Acclimatization: 6 days
- Acclimatization location: KAZA, HIMACHAL PRADESH
- SINGLE STAGE, 168kms, total time 34 Hrs with two time cut-off sections for safety of runners. (90Kms, till Chandra Tal 18 hrs, 78 Kms final cut-off)
- Crew supported. Organizers will provide tents and hot water at approximately 30Km intervals for crew and runners to rest and re-energize. Night time mandatory follow will be in place. Crew can leave the runner for short periods of time during the day to replenish stock or run other errands.
- If a runner arrives at Chandra Tal earlier than 3am on the second day of the race, runner receives credit for the time spent at Chandra Tal camp. Runner is allowed to resume their race at 3am owing to the snow covered and narrow roads and safety conditions between Chandra Tal and Chatru, a 33km section of the route.
- Till FEBRUARY 16, 2019 – $720/Rs.48,000
- From FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – $1000/65,000
- Stay in Kaza from AUGUST 10 – 15, 2019 (6 nights)
- Stay in Manali post race finish on AUGUST 17, 2019
- Pre-race breakfast on AUGUST 16, 2019
- Finish line meal
- Acclimatization activity:
- Day 1 – Short 15km evening run towards Lohsar and back
- Day 2 – Trek to Dhankar/Visit to Key Gompa
- Day 3 – Trek/run to Komic village
- Tents at approximate 30Km intervals for runners and crew to rest and refresh.
- Rest tents at ChandraTal for those arriving earlier than 3am
- Route safety
- Medical support
- Medical consultation before the race for altitude related issue management
- Apparel, medal or memento, digital certificate
Fee does not include:
- Transport to Kaza
- Transport from Manali to your onward destination.
- Emergency evacuation
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 SPITI journey begins in Kaza, routes Lohsar, Kunzum La, Chandra Tal, Batal, Chatru, taking you to one of the highest passes of these Himalayan ranges, The Rohtang La before descending and finishing your race at Marhi.
Below is the route map. For GPS data or further route information, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- A runner must have completed a 160Km race within cut-off, with a history of running 100mile races in the previous 12 months.
- If you have completed any other high altitude events or ultra races around the world such as or similar to Western States, Tahoe 200, Jungle Ultra, Hardrock, H.U.R.T 100, 6633 Ultra, Spartathalon, UTMB or La Ultra, you can apply for the race by filling the form below
- Ensure all details are complete so that application receives thorough evaluation.
RACE SUPPLIES AND GEAR CHECK BEFORE THE RACE:
- Head lamp
- Red flashing light
- 4 sets of spare batteries
- Reflective vest
- Emergency medical supplies
- Emergency blanket (Space blanket)
- 4 water bottles
- 2 liter hydration pack
- Rain gear
- Race patches stitched on to the sleeve of your tee shirt as prescribed in race rules.
- Warmers or sleeves for legs and arms
- Mandatory three day stock of packed food – 6000 calories
- Contact numbers of all race officials and emergency personnel
- Stage route map
- Race log
- GPS watch
- Warm clothing, especially for the last 3 stages of the race.
- USB spare/solar charging unit
- Hiking poles
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, before April 15, 2016, a refund amount of 80% of the race fee is made to the participant. Post April 15, 2016, one-time roll over of 75% of the fee amount to next year is allowed.
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.
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.
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 🙂
- 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.
PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING.
- APPLY FOR THE RACE AS EARLY AS FEBRUARY FOR THAT YEAR’S RACE.
- AWAIT OUR ACCEPTANCE EMAIL
- APPLY FOR YOUR VISA IF YOU NEED ONE TO TRAVEL TO INDIA.
- PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO INDIA AND TO THE RACE VENUE AHEAD OF TIME.
- 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.
- PLAN FOR YOUR CREW STAY AT THE RACE VENUE AND LOGISTICS.
- UNDERSTAND RUNNING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS SUCH AS WEATHER, TERRAIN, ALTITUDE AND PLAN YOUR TRAINING ACCORDINGLY.
- CHOOSE A FEW WELL MANAGED AND MODERATELY TOUGH MOUNTAIN RACES PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL RACE AS TRAINING RACES.
- GET YOUR COMPLETE MEDICAL CHECK
- CHOOSE YOUR GEAR AND TRAIN WITH IT
- CHOOSE YOUR CREW CAREFULLY.
- WORKOUT YOUR RACE PLAN WITH YOUR CREW AND TRAIN WITH THEM IF POSSIBLE.
- ARRIVE IN INDIA EARLIER THAN THE RACE MANDATED SCHEDULE IF POSSIBLE.
- IF YOU NOT USED TO WATER OTHER THAN PROCESSED AND FILTERED WATER, ENSURE YOU CHOOSE YOUR WATER SOURCES IN INDIA CAREFULLY.
- ARRIVE AT THE RACE VENUE AS PER SCHEDULE TO ACCLIMATIZE
- HAVE A GREAT RACE. WE ARE READY FOR YOU.