4th Annapurna 71k ultra trail in Nepal: 27 March 2009

Since 1995 Jan Turner and Ramesh Bhattachan have organized three 100k races in the Pokhara area of Nepal. The last edition in 2009 was a 70% road 30% trail course. This year the event will be shorter, "only" 71k, but 95% trail. Race day is 27th of March. An absolutely mind blowing course, with enough up and down to challenge any of you hill runners to the max: Pokhara lakeside-Sarangkot-Naudanda-Chandrakot-Birethanti-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-return Birethanti (finish). More than enough drink and food stations, medical backup, participation of a strong field of Nepali elite runners, and already two females signed up. Registration and race briefing on the 26th in Pokhara. Registration fee for foreign runners is UK Pounds 100. Proceeds go to support Nepali runners who cannot afford the expenses involved (transportation/food/lodging) in participating in the race. Good prize money (winner takes NRs 75,000) to promote (ultra)trail running as a sport. Any of you interested to learn more: please contact me at rh.summit@gmail.com.

The 100k will be back next year (5 March 2011) with a 90% trail course and 70k and 35k possibilities for non-elite ultrarunners who are not interested in running (too many hours) in the night, and those for whom ultra is not (yet :-) on their mental screen. If you cannot make this year's race, make sure you an next year!

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Comment by Roger Henke on February 19, 2010 at 20:30
Hi Ram and Veera, I will check what the registration fee for Indian runners will be. Actual registration is the day before the race, it is suffcient if you let me know you're coming. Also any assistance needed re hotels/transportation/etc, just e-mail me: rh.summit@gmail.com

There is a website but it is outdated; I will get editorial control soon but it is then going to take a bit of time to update everything. For the time being: If you e-mail me I can send you more background info. Next year's info will be put online soon after this year's race.
Comment by Ram on February 19, 2010 at 20:05
Roger, what will be the registration fee for Indian runners, since Indian rupees are accepted in Nepal also. Also, is there night running in this event. Would appreciate a pointer to a website for more information.

Veera I think I will let it pass this year and plan for next year.
Comment by Veera on February 19, 2010 at 19:53
Can you kindly post the website link for regn.
Comment by Veera on February 19, 2010 at 19:53
Mr Roger - Many Thanks for posting this ....kindly explore the possiblity of adding a 42.1 k for non-elites next year . Hey Ram- you can do a 42.1 k this year itself !!!
Comment by Ram on February 19, 2010 at 18:32
35k next year is doable. I will wait for that. Thanks for adding this sub-category for non-elite runners, albeit from next year.

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