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The secret Race
The secret Race
The secret Race

PROFILE

TITLE: The Secret Race
EVENT: 4TH Invitational International Race in Bhutan
LOCATION: Bhutan
STARTLINE: Punakha Dzong
FINISHLINE: Tsktshang Monastery
DISTANCE: 200KM
Year to Host: 2016, 2017,2018,2019,2020
STAGE: 6 Stages
NO. OF PARTICIPANTS: more than 40 runners
START DATE: Mostly by 27th May to 4th June 2016, we will inform in year advance
MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years above
PROMOTER: Adventure Trekking Club
PARTICIPANTS: Any Nationality can participate

INTRODUCTION

The company also focuses on promoting sports tourism and adventure activities in the country and also to make Bhutan as unique destination to the outside world through such events.

This is our 4th edition hosting the same event since the year 2013 with almost 36 -46 foreign participants from 18 different countries across the globe. We thank our associate event sponsor Tourism Council of Bhutan has been so supportive to make this event successful.


BACKGROUND

The 4th invitational international long distance race running incorporates 210 km of coverage, following the existing trekking route of Sinchula pass and Drukpath. Set between the backdrop of the renowned and remarkable mountain ranges of eastern Himalayas, passing through gorgeous rural villages and crossing several high passes at an attitude of 3500m approximately.

Happiness is a place, the country of GNH; Gross National Happiness measures the evolution of happy and healthy lives of our people in the society through various events. Similarly, this running event is one of such happening that will bring people from different countries with diverse religion, language and culture together and become much closer, healthier and happier, making Bhutan as unique destination to the outside world.

The race will start from Punakha Dzong, built in the year 1637, the most magnificent Dzong in the country which also once served as the capital of Bhutan and situated in the middle of two rivers, Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) and then ultimately, finishes the race at the most spectacular mystic monastery on earth, hanging in the cliffs at an altitude of 2950m with an outstanding view of Paro valley, the Taktshang Goemba, also popularly known as “The Tiger Nest”.


THEME

“To keep your health fit and experience the true Bhutan (The Land of the Happiness Kingdom)”.

COURSE SUMMARY

Easy running mainly on a flat, fast course with few undulations to keep it interesting. The course offers a unique mix of running terrain, with 80% of the course on smooth hard packed trails and 20% on road.

Experience an amazing landscape, run through evergreen prime forest, pass amazing monasteries and immerse yourself in traditional Buddhist culture.


PRE-COURSE DESCRIPTION

1.

Foreign participants will arrive at Paro International Airport and will be received by the host team and will head towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan which is about 50 minutes approximately drive from Paro Airport. Later upon reaching Thimphu, participants will check in the hotels and at the same time road maps and road books will be disturbed.

All the organizing members will be briefed on the check list that needs to be arranged for all the participants insuring their large safety.

Registration of competitors will start and all the competitors will receive the following:

  • • Race Number
  • • Timing device
  • • Gear bag tag
  • • Medical support/assistance
  • • Aid stations on the course with (water, energy drinks, toilets and first aid)
  • • Post-event recovery areas at the finish area with food and drinks.

2.

All the participants will head towards the 1st camp, Punakha, which is 3 hours approximately drive from the capital city and upon reaching camp 1st(one) all the runners will be briefed on its Dos and Don’ts and on the guidelines that are prearranged by the organizers.


START AREA

All races will start at 7:30 am, right after a brief instruction given by the organizers. Race start areas will be self-seeded based on your expected finish time. Please look for the expected finish time signage marked on the fencing in the start area. There will be a roped off area at the front of the race and start line for athletes of elite standard. Toilets and water will be available at the start area of each race.


EVENT CUT-OFF TIMES

Race course cut-off times – Runners must reach the start line of the Punakha Dochey (32km from the start) by 7am. Competitors reaching this point after 7Am will unfortunately not be permitted to continue due to time constraints and their absence during the launching ceremony.

Due to course management and road closure restrictions, the official event closure time will be at 4pm daily.


GEAR CHECKLIST

This is a fully supported race with complete Aid stations, so you do not need to carry a hydration pack unless you want to. You do not need to wear trail shoes as the course is smooth, easy, hard packed trails.

Make sure you have your running number, timing device and gear bag tag before you leave for race start. There will be no replacement numbers or timing chips available at the race start areas. Please ensure you have completed the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and a contact name and phone number (other than your own) in case of emergency.

Please pin your running number to the front of your t-shirt or running vest. You must not use someone else’s number, nor let someone else use yours. Marshals will remove you from the race before you cross the finish line.

Your timing device must be fixed to your running shoe. If you do not wear your transponder then the system will not record you finishing and therefore we will be unable to provide you with a finishing time.

BAG DROP

There will be a bag drop service available at the start line of each race. Please label your bag with the bag tag provided at registration and drop it off at the designated bag drop area. Your bags will be transported to the finish area at each stage/camp and will be available for you to collect when you complete your race.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

In the interest of providing safe and enjoyable event experiences for all entrants please take into account the following:

  • • Keep to the left of the course to allow people to pass on the right
  • • Be courteous to your fellow participants at all times
  • • Please obey instructions from race officials, and traffic management at all times
ROAD BOOK DETAIL will be provided on arrival.

FINISH LINES

The finishing location is set at Taktshang Monastery which is 15km away from Paro town. Our officials will formally declare and keep records of the finalist and participants and later towards evening the event will be followed by the award of certificates and other prizes and also cultural programmes by the Bhutanese performers to our guest participants during the dinner time.

Announces the departure time for tomorrow…………

NEXT DAY

Departure of the foreign participants. Drop till Paro Airport

Itinerary Bhutan 2016

Friday, May 27th
  • Arrival at Paro International Airport
    • • Transfer to the hotel in Thimphu (45min)
    • • race check-in
    • • distribution of road-books
    • • overnight stay in hotel
    Saturday, May 28th
  • Transport to the 1st camp at Punakha Dzong(approx.3hrs)
    • • equipment check
    • • medical check
    • • briefing
    Sunday, May 29th
  • Stage 1 (~31km)
  • Monday, May 30th
  • Stage 2 (~29km)
  • Tuesday, May 31st
  • Stage 3 (~28km)
  • Wednesday, June 1st
  • Stage 4 (~38km)
  • Thursday, June 2nd
  • Stage 5 (~54km)
  • Friday, June 3rd
  • Stage 6 / Finish at Taktshang Goemba/Tiger’s Nest (~15km)
  • Awardceremony in the hotel in Paro
  • Overnight stay in the hotel in Paro
  • Saturday, June 4th
  • Departure
  • • individual departure from Paro or post-race extension program
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