Billed as the world’s toughest foot race, Run the Rann in Gujarat, India, is scheduled for February 6 – 9, 2015. Last year, runners could choose between races of 21, 42 or 101 kilometers. This year, organizers have added a 100 mile race (161 km) that will cover all of Khadir Bet island.
This area is home to Dholavira, considered by archaeologists and historians to be one of the greatest cities of the ancient Indus civilization with relics older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is located in far western India near the Pakistan border.
Contestants will have to navigate the two longest races by GPS only, as there will be no route markers. They will have to rely purely on their instincts, experience and technology to make it to the finish line. The route lies within rugged terrain with many natural obstacles, making it an ideal challenge for the committed long distance runner.
Last year’s competitors were enthusiastic about the Run The Rann experience. Said Jose Gutierrez Aranda of Runner’s World Mexico, “Finishing this race was the biggest victory of my life as an athlete. The second I officially became a finisher, nothing brought me more joy than seeing my national flag float along with the ones of Germany, Australia, Greece, USA, Spain, Japan and many other countries.”
Source and photos: Run The Ran