Annapurna Trail Ultra Race
Distance: , Ultramarathon
Where: Pokhara, Nepal, Nepal
The Annapurna 100 is destined to become one of the world’s great trail running races on the first day of 2011. It’s a great way to kick off the Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
It started with a cricketer. On October 31st 1995 Sir Ian Botham, world-renowned cricketer, started this new 100k race. Twelve local runners proved that a run from Pokhara to Poon Hill and back was possible in less than 12 hours. The route normally would take an average trekker 5 days. The winner took 11 hours 55 minutes and 55 seconds.
Since then, due to a decade of conflict, only a couple more races have been run. Now the race is back on track and becoming an established annual event with a successful 100km race in 2009, and a new 71 km trail only race in 2010.
2011 will be the best race ever, with a new 75% trail course on delightful paths with stupendous views. There are three ultra-distances to choose from, including a none-too-easy 100 km over some very hilly terrain.
Such is the challenge of this race that it is now a qualification race for India’s ‘The High’. http://www.thehigh.in