Imagine a marathon where the start of the marathon will be blown on long Buddhist horns, instead of the traditional shot by a starting pistol, and all runners are blessed by Buddhist monks, who also serve as helpers along the way.
It is the Great Tibetan marathon, it takes place on the Tibetan Plateau in northern India – also known as little Tibet. I found it appropriate to call it the spiritual marathon.
It happens in an altitude of 3,500 meters. The high altitude makes the oxygen level extremely low and the marathon equally more physically challenging. The first finisher in the marathon was timed at 3hrs 30min.
On the official great tibetan marathon site they have this tag line “The run and the scenery will take your breath away”
If the photos I saw on the website are to be believed, the place is beautiful!
The marathon has distances for runners of different abilities : marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K.