Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 2012: participants wanted!
The 14th edition of the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset marathon and 100km run will take place on 1 August 2012 in the stunning mountain area ofHovsgolNational Park inNorthern Mongolia. Among participants, the race is labelled as “the world’s most beautiful 42km and 100km run”. No wonder: mossy forests, river valleys, 2’300 meter high mountain passes with stunning views, windblown lowlands and lakeside single trails supervised by Mongolian horsemen – all of this makes the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset a breathtaking race. “In the days before and after the race, participants and their companions will have the chance to experience this unique nature with horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing or kayaking. They also get in touch with the unique nomadic culture and sleep in Mongolian gers – it’s a whole week of adventure and an unforgettable experience for every runner”, explains race director Angie Eagan. The participants in the marathon run have to overcome an accumulated elevation gain/loss of 2’255 meters. For the 100km ultra marathon it’s no less than 3’365 meters.
The 2012 event: July 28 – August 4
International participants will arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, on Saturday, July 28, and fly and drive to CampToilogt, located on the shore of crystal-clear LakeHovsgolnot far from the Russian border. CampToilogtis the site of the start and finish line. The runners have the opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude of 1,650 meters and become acquainted with the course prior to the race. Besides the extremely tough 100km race, participants also have the chance to tackle a 42km mountain marathon distance. Since participants of both distances are granted 18 hours to finish, anyone with the spirit for a physical challenge can actually complete the marathon distance. The organizers provide travel packages on www.ms2s.org.Eagan: “The camp atLakeHovsgol allows us to accept a maximum of 100 runners and their families and friends.”
The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset is organised on a non-profit basis and all proceeds are used to keepHovsgolNational Parkpristine and to support the culture of Hovsgol andMongolia’s local population via the “ecoLeap foundation” registered inGeneva,Switzerland. One of the supported projects is the “zero-litter policy” in the national park. “The proceeds from the event and participants’ donations have funded the set-up cost for the litter control project and its ongoing operation: including hiring park rangers dedicated to litter control, providing eco-friendly garbage bags, and raising awareness nation-wide through TV ads and education of local children and families. We want to keep this pristine mountain area as beautiful as it is now and to make the nomads proud of their abilities and culture”, saysEagan.