77000 sq.mi expanse of dunes, arid plains, salt flats, and lush greens form the landscape of the greatest desert of Rajasthan, The Thar. Its rich cultural heritage only adds to its allure while one can fulfill their dream of breathtaking sunsets, sunrises, and star filled skies, as a guest in one of the heritage properties, which are handed down through generations. With one edition of the race exploring some of the interior trails and heritage stays successfully completed in December 2009, Globeracers is ready for its second edition with a focus on exploring a different route, bringing to its runners a different experience each time, where one can see the fragile yet beautiful eco system of the desert.
When: December 1-4, 2010
Where: Pokaran, Rajasthan
Distance: 180 km
Terrain: Salt flats, Dunes, rocky climbs, and off-road trails.
Difficulty on a scale of 1-5: 3
Non participants: $1200
Arrival at Jodhpur no later than November 30, 2010 by 12pm
Travel to Pokaran by road: November 30, 2010, a 3 hour via Jodhpur-Jaisalmer highway
Stay in Pokaran, Fort Pokaran: November 30, 2010.
December 1: Pokaran Salt flats. Stay at Fort Pokaran
December 2: Pokaran cenotaph ruins, stay at Fort Pokaran
December 3: Towards Bhiniyana, camp at Bhiniyana
December 4: From and to Bhiniyana and come back to the camp, stay at the camp.
What the fee includes: Total race support including water, energy drinks, fruit and medical assistance, 5 days of stay in Forts, Havelis, and Camp. Transportation to and from airport, and to places of stay at the end of each day. Luggage transfer between places of stay. The race is an assisted one, and you will only need to carry water/energy supplements to support yourself through checkpoints.
Last date for registration: September 15, 2010.
Last date for final payment: September 30, 2010, which is also the last date for withdrawal from the race.
Globeracers’ race directors, in partnership with Param Vijay Singh of Pokaran have put together the route, and ground logistics to account for desert challenges, evacuation requirements, transport, route checkpoints, haveli stays, and camping.
The race is a staged race with stays either in camps, havelis or forts. Some of the regions of the Desert, which we have been chosen for this year’s route require camps be set up on some days, and all provisions are made to accommodate runners’ requirements.
Each day aid stations will be along the route at 10km distance each, while the last aid station will be the finishing point, a 12km distance from the 30km mark aid station. Aid stations will provide water, energy drink such as Gatorade, food such as dry foods and bananas, first aid, rest provision, and your drop bags. Aid stations will also serve as Checkpoints, where your log books will be updated with time. You are required to bring your personal energy supplements, and energy bars/gels as per your energy needs.
Point of arrival is Jodhpur, which is well connected to Delhi by air/road/rail. We will provide transportation from Jodhpur to Pokaran (race start point), and on return to Jodhpur, post race.
You will be picked up from either rail station/airport/bus station in Jodhpur on November 30, 2010. Post race, you will be provided transportation to Jodhpur on December 5, 2010, the nearest point where access to air/road/rail transport is available. Travel from Pokaran (race end point) to Jodhpur by road is approximately 3 hours.
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