“This is about probably the toughest race that is out there. But instead of speaking about, we would rather have you experience it.
On July 3rd, 2010, we launch the inaugral edition of The High; a 217 km footrace in the foothills of Himalayas. The distance in itself might not be very intimidating to Ultra Marathoners, but the altitude gain and loss and also the chances of High Altitude Sickness makes this one of the toughest and most challenging races on the palnet.
Here is how The High stacks up. It’s for you to decide what you think about it.
You run a total distance of 135 miles (217 km), and then have the option of carrying on for another 283 km!
It starts from Manali, 6,725 ft (2,050 m) above sea level.
The highest point you will cross is Baralacha La 16,048 ft (4,892 m) above sea level. After first 20 km, rest of the run is at an altitude higher than their highest point!
The cumulative vertical ascent is 14,360 ft and it runs over 2 passes. The cumulative vertical descent is 7,133 ft (2,174 m)
And the cut off is 60 hours.
Two of us did recce of a part of the course of The High in Sep 2009. Please check pics here… http://picasaweb.google.co.in/highway3/AltitudeRunningManaliUpwards?authkey=Gv1sRgCMrsqsTkxY2YMQ#
Clearly, The High is not cut out for everyone, and is a “by invitation only” race. The field will be restricted to 40 runners only. Of these 40 runners, 30 slots will be reserved for proven ultra marathoners, and 10 will be open for runners who meet the following qualification criteria :
A 100 kms run by end Nov (with at least 90 kms covered in 12 hours).
A 24-hour run by end December.
2 consecutive days of a minimum of 12 hours plus of time-on-feet by end Jan.
For details of the race check The High – http://web.me.com/drrajatchauhan/B2F/The_High.html
Keep miling and smiling.
Dr Rajat Chauhan
Primary Catalyst – Back 2 Fitness (www.b2f.co.in)