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The 6th Rishikesh Running And Living Cross Country 25K Oct 15th 2017

Date : 15'th October 2017
Time : 6:00 AM

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS INDIA'S TOUGHEST 25K AND CROSS COUNTRY
ANYONE PLANNING ON THE 25K OR HALF MARATHON ARE REQUIRED TO SCAN AND SEND US A CERTIFICATE OF 2hrs 15 mins OR BELOW AT A RECENT HALF MARATHON.
ELSE - MORE THAN WELCOME TO RUN THE 15K WHICH IS ALSO TOUGH IN THE LAST 6K WITH THE ROUGH TERRAIN.
OTHERS CAN DEFINITELY SIGN UP FOR THE 9K WHICH IS UP AND DOWN BUT ON THE ROAD AND NOT TOUGH

Running Distance Start Time Description Registration Fee
14% Service Tax + 0.5% Swachh Bharat Cess + 0.5% Krishi Kalyan Cess Extra
15'th Oct 2017, 06:00 AM India's toughest 25K. The ultimate trail, spectacular views and an experience you will be super proud of at the finish line. Rs 1700 + svc tax till Jun 18th, 1900+ till July 31st, 2100+ till Aug 31st and 2300+ till Sept 30th when online regn close. Spot regn @3000 pre race day at expo on 14th Oct 9am -2 pm at Himalayan Hideaway 4km beypnd Shivpuri or 21km beyond Rishikeshi. Rs. 1700.00
15'th Oct 2017, 06:00 AM India's toughest 25K. The ultimate trail, spectacular views and an experience you will be super proud of at the finish line. Rs 1300 + svc tax till Jun 18th, 1500+ till July 31st, 1700+ till Aug 31st and 1900+ till Sept 30th when online regn close. Spot regn @2500 pre race day at expo on 14th Oct 9am -2 pm at Himalayan Hideaway 4km beypnd Shivpuri or 21km beyond Rishikeshi. Rs. 1300.00
15'th Oct 2017, 06:00 AM India's toughest 25K. The ultimate trail, spectacular views and an experience you will be super proud of at the finish line. Rs 1000 + svc tax till Jun 18th, 1200+ till July 31st, 1400+ till Aug 31st and 1600+ till Sept 30th when online regn close. Spot regn @2000 pre race day at expo on 14th Oct 9am -2 pm at Himalayan Hideaway 4km beypnd Shivpuri or 21km beyond Rishikeshi. Rs. 1000.00
15'th Oct 2017, 06:00 AM India's toughest 25K. The ultimate trail, spectacular views and an experience you will be super proud of at the finish line. Rs 700 + svc tax till Jun 18th, 900+ till July 31st, 1100+ till Aug 31st and 1200+ till Sept 30th when online regn close. Spot regn @1500pre race day at expo on 14th Oct 9am -2 pm at Himalayan Hideaway 4km beypnd Shivpuri or 21km beyond Rishikeshi. Rs. 700.00
Dear user if you are registering for another person(Family/Friend) then create/login into his account to register them.
The course for the XC Half Marathon is very tough - train well and get ready to be humbled on this trail.
 
 

The link to the route on Google maps is at  http://runkeeper.com/user/RahulVerghese/activity/158207051 Elevation for the climb to Kota goes from 385m to 871m - it is a tough climb and a tough descent. Click on the above link for elevation and more detail.

The half marathon starts 1km beyond Shivpuri at the Himalayan River Runners Ganga Base Camp- 18km upstream from Rishikesh and then essentially travels up stream past The Glass House until it reaches Malakunti Village. This is where the 9km run finishes and the other runners cross the river on the bridge and then move downstream on the other side of the river where the route is very tough cross country. Rocky, pebbly terrain gives way to concrete paths, and a bit of river sand and then steep climbs on shale. There is a tough climb to Kota Village and there is a U turn on  reaching Kota. And the route takes you back to the Malakunti bridge where you finally thank God that it is over. Coming down is trickier than going up, so watch your step. This is a tough run so treat it with respect. On the way back from Kota you may want to take a dip in the Cold water of the Ganga and fix all your muscular aches - this is a great part of the experience since this run is not as much about your timing but about the overall experience.

 

SO CALLED 'PACERS OF FRIENDS' OR ANY OTHER 'FREELOADERS' ARE NOT WELCOME IN OUR RUNS.
ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE REGISTERED. WILL LEAD TO DISQUALIFICATION OF FRIENDS TOO AND ERASURE OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ETC FOR STARTERS

Your entry is not transferable to other people and is not cancelable. You must wear your race bib as issued, pinned on front. Participants must be over 18 years of age

  • Participants need to be at least 12 years old for the 9km run
  • Participants need to be at least 15 years old for the 15 km run
  • Participants need to be at least 18 years old for the Half Marathon and 25Kand should have run a few runs of this distance before- this is India's toughest Half marathon
  • Race packets MUST be picked up at expo in person, else by any representative
  • Best to come in person to also get familiar with the location, parking and anything else you may need
  • Connect with others on the facebook events page early to train together and car pool
  • No race packet pick up on race day. Race packs and bib numbers have to be picked up at the expo
  • Plan to be at the start at least 30 minutes before the start of the race as the races start on time and that is when the clock for the 15k, 21.1k and 25k  starts ticking at the gun start. At 6:05 am we all move to the finish area 9km away.
  • Certificates and medals must be collected at the finish line
  • Any race related queries must be emailed to contactus@runningandliving.com within 2 days of the race results being put up on the website
  • No refunds of registration amount or transfer of registration
  • In the remote case of the run being canceled due to reasons of State or Nature, beyond the control of the organisers, there will be no refund of the registration amount
  • NO BIB - NO RUN - NO MEDAL - NO CERTIFICATE.

TRAIN WELL FOR THIS TOUGH CROSS COUNTRY HALF MARATHON and 25K

Your entry is not transferable to other people and is not cancelable.

Running Safe on this cross country route

Running is a fun activity but running in a race, like engagement in any activity, also comes with attendant risks, which you should be aware of, and only then enter.
Anyone registering for this race should make sure that he/she is medically fit and does not have any precondition - however minor it may seem to them, that would indicate that they should not run eg being on some medication, onset of a cold or flu, not yet recovered from a flu or an injury etc.
This run includes a lot of cross country terrain which CAN have a incidence of ankle twisting, slipping and falling. Loads of up hill and downhill so take short slow steps while coming down on loose shale. This would be rated as the toughest half marathon in the country so sign up for this one only if you have already run quite a few half marathons and done some cross country running earlier. Train well and be ready for a timing 1 hr more than that of your most recent half marathon.

Train well
We want you to have fun and stay safe, and do your bit towards that.

Cut off time will be 3:30 hrs for the half marathon and 4:30 for the 25K and the aid station at the 18km mark at Kota will be wound up in 3:00 hours from the start.

The Half Marathon expo will be at HIDEAWAY 4km from Shivpuri on Sat Oct 14th from 10 am - 2 pm
Race chest number pick up will be at the Half Marathon expo. Definitely pick this up else you will not be able to participate.


There will be loads of information on river rafting, the runs, yoga and more. So if you are planning to run, block off time for the expo - you will get to know the way to the race location and will also meet several other runners and make new friends and also plan a few treks along the weekend. Most importantly have a blast whether you are running, volunteering or spectating, because that will help make it the most spectacular run for all of us.

 

Baggage storage - within your own vehicle
Slower runners - Switch to a shorter run distance if required as there are strict cut offs, And then don't worry about anything but completing your enormous achievement that you have embarked upon within the cut off time

While you are getting your training in shape and booking tickets, we would suggest that you ideally plan to come in to Rishikesh by Friday or if at all possible - Thursday.

That way you can take in both Rishikesh town and the Ashrams and Arti etc and then the rafting and the wilderness around Shivpuri - at Hideaway - 21km upstream. We have some great stay and rafting packages for you that Himalayan River Runners - our Hosts are providing.

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Accommodation at HIMALAYAN HIDEAWAY on Sat 14th Oct and Fri 13th Oct available on a sharing basis for 3 people to a room
@Rs 3500 per head per day which includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast

THE FOOD AND VIEW AND PEOPLE HERE ARE AWESOME.

This is definitely the recommended option as there will be a bonfire on Fri night, to chill out and get to relax. River rafting @ a concessional Rs1000 per person per trip for all run registrants.

The race pack pick up is from here and this is where we get together post the run for a slide show over brunch :-)

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Email us at contactus@runningandliving.com with your information about whether you need Fri, or Fri and Sat, or just Sat night reservations and for how many people.
We will then give you our bank details for transfer and then look forward to meeting you there.

COME IN ON FRIDAY AND DO SOME RAFTING AND A WALK ON A PART OF THE ROUTE. IF YOU CAN - COME IN ON THURSDAY AND DO A WALK/JOG ON SOME PART OF THE ROUTE OR CHECK OUT THE ASHRAMS OF RISHIKESH.

If there are one or two of you who want a room to yourself/yourselves - then you can do so by paying the three person fare.

Transportation:

We recommend staying at Shivpuri and around since the runs are at 6am and the assembly time is 5:30am.

There will also be options to raft down from the finish point to the Himalayan River Runners Camp for the post run breakfast and slide show. More information and bookings can be made through Himalayan River Runners for rafting down to their camp.

Camp fires and more at the Himalayan River Runners Camp the evening before the run with fellow runners

 
 Our recommendation

This is a lovely family holiday so look at it like that and plan for it:

Leave home on Fri Oct 13th and arrive in Shivpuri.13th OCT itself take in a spa or massage and possibly do a morning rafting trip and visit the Mini expo between 9am and 2pm at Himalayan River Runners Camp at Shivpuri. Link up with fellow runners on the Facebook event pages and travel together -

River rafting post the run from 9am to 12 noon - you will definitely be on a high Return for the post race brunch slide show at Himalayan River Runners Camp starting from 11am. Return home post 2pm or stay on for an extended holiday

Link up with fellow participants and train and travel and stay together.
Meet up with others who stay close by and run together even after this event.
click on the facebook event pages at

https://www.facebook.com/events/201780926993440/

and

https://www.facebook.com/events/448444848828455/

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Smile for the cameras. Hydrate and have your snack. Medals will be given to each finisher at the finish line and a certificate with name, and timing will be handed over at the certificate counter.

There will be a post run optional lunch to get us to have a relaxed catch up with each other and celebrate your victory over a slideshow at the Hideaway.

Cost is Rs 400 per person and you can book a lunch coupon for a friend or family member too if they are with you.

Congratulations to all the participants of these runs.

Photographs are in the 2 albums on facebook at:
Album 1
Album 2

Preeti Pokhriyal finished 1st in the 9km run
Rakesh Kumar from Yamunanagar came 1st in the 15km with an amazing time of 1:09 which is an all time record for this course.

Jose Manuel from Madrid came in 1st in the 21.1k with a time of 2:05 which is short of the record set last year on this track of 1:58

Bhupender Singh from nearby Guller came in 1st in the 25K in 3:09 which was shy of the record set by Nakul Butta last year of 2:52

 

Detailed timing of Full, half and 10.55k are in the spreadsheet click here
 

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