The course: The course is very tough - train well with hill training or a load on your back, Acclimatise well before the run, get used to the altitude.
The course starts at the spectacular Ridge at the Top of the Mall and winds down past Historic buildings of Shimla to the scenic PeterHof Hotel. The 6km runners take a U turn from here and come back to finish at the Ridge.
The Half Marathoners, Ultra Half Marathoners, and the 14km runners go right, down to Annadale on their way to the Peterhof from the Ridge. A continuous descent of 4 km later they see the green golf range and the army museum, and then come face to face with the incredibly steep climb back up - of 1km. Don't even attempt running up - you will needlessly tire yourself out for the latter part of the run. Back up to the Vidhan Sabha and right, past the lawns of the Peterhof and then descend down and go past the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and onwards past the ITI and close to the HP University- A U turn back, with a descent and then a steady ascent back up to the Ridge. Much walking will be needed and those who have acclimatized well for the altitude will be better off. Walk a lot.
With 13km over you reach the ridge and the most grueling long climb is over.
Then starts the 8 km circumference of Jakhu hill for the half marathoners with the tough steep climb to Jakhu for the Ultra Half runners.- Clarke's Hotel - Oak Over - The CM's Residence, then the Governors Residence, then onto Forest Hill Road to Bede's Chowk. Then on the main circular road for 50m and a steep climb on the left takes you up towards Indus Hospital. It is advisable to walk on this stretch too. Then it levels off at Upper Sanjhauli and you can relax with a descent down past the IGMC, Lakkad Bazar and a finish at the Ridge, near the Church. The Ultra half marathoners will do a ~2km climb from the top of the Indus climb, to go to the base of Jakhu temple and then run 2km down to do ~4km more than a half marathon as they then follow the remaining half marathon route.
Do not carry anything in your hands and be watchful of the monkeys on this stretch. We will have volunteers here too
See the Map and the Elevations - come prepared to stay a few days in Shimla before the run - Enjoy the fresh mountain air, the heritage and nature.
Print out the map and do some acclimatization walks along the route
Shimla is at an average altitude of 7200 ft so if you are coming from the plains - spend a few days to acclimatize a bit. This is a tough but hugely scenic route. So don't plan on a personal best in terms of time. It's likely to be a personal best route. The looping course is full of facilities and will have opportunities for runners to 'run into each other' and cheer each other on and stop for many photo opportunities. IF you feel cold at the start - wear a couple of thin layers which you can give to a friend at the start point as you loop back at the mark. It is likely to get warmer from 8 am onwards so splash a bit of water over your head too, at the water points as you take a glug or two.
Race Rules: Your entry is not transferable to other people and is not cancelable. You must wear your race bib as issued, pinned on front, and must not reduce its size or modify it in any way. Entrants must not be accompanied on the course by cyclists, vehicles, or people not entered in the event. Participants must be over 18 years of age
Participants need to be at least 8 years old for the 6 km run
Participants need to be at least 16 years old for the 13 km run
Participants need to be at least 18 years old for the Half Marathon and longer
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 21.1k starts ticking at the gun start.
Certificates and medals must be collected at the finish line
Any race related queries must be emailed to email@example.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 cancelled 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.
Please connect with fellow runners on our facebook events pages to train and travel together to make for a more enjoyable experience
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 a our 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.
Some runs are cross country which CAN have a incidence of ankle twisting, slipping and falling. Some runs are at altitude which require acclimatization, and also listening to your body and heart and not pushing yourself beyond a limit. Walk when tired. Some runs are in heat and in humidity, and require regular hydration to ensure you do NOT get dehydrated or start cramping. Some runs are in colder weather which should also require some ingestion of salty items - sports drinks or other solids or liquids to prevent cramping.
We want you to have fun and stay safe, and do your bit towards that.
The final 2 weeks:Check out the last 2 week schedule at one of the training programs on our site which suits your level of training and your goals. . Remember - train well and you will finish smiling. All the very best and congratulations on your decision.
Bib pick up will be at the Marathon expo on Saturday Sep 26th
There will be information provided on the course. So if you are planning to run, block off some time for coming to the expo - you will get to know the way to the race location and will also meet several other runners and make new friends.
Ashiana Restaurant on the Ridge in Shimla
9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday 26th Sept 2015
Come at the start of the expo to make sure you get as much info and are well rested for the big day
Train from Delhi- Kalka, toy train to Shimla Volvo buses from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla
Stay at Hotel Holiday Home at Shimla Check out the several other options in Shimla and make this a family holiday too.
Before and at the finish: Smile for the cameras. Hydrate and have your snack Medals will be given to each Half Marathon finisher at the finish line and a certificate with name, and timing will be handed over at the certificate counter. Check for photographs and more photographs at the finish.
There will be a post run breakfast to get us to have a relaxed catch up with each other and celebrate your victory over a breakfast and a slideshow. Cost is Rs 300pp and you can book a breakfast coupon for a friend or family member etc too if they are with you.
Photos and Results Congratulate yourself again and check out the event photographs