Ladakh Marathon cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
LEH, July 2: Ladakh’s annual mega sports event ‘Ladakh Marathon’ which was scheduled on 13th of September 2020, has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was announced by its founder Chewang Motup, Director of Rimo Expeditions. “More than 5500 participants from different parts of the world representing 26 countries took part in the 8th edition of Ladakh Marathon last year,” said Motup.
Motup said that this year, the Ladakh Marathon would have been holding its 9th edition. “This 9th edition was even more special as Ladakh marathon had become a ‘Qualifying Event of Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group’. However, we also cannot simply ignore a global crisis of such proportion,” said Motup.
Motup also announced that all registrations for these 4 races (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 km and 5 km) which were to be held 13th September 2020 (Sunday) have been automatically transferred for a period of two years to 2021-2022.
The status of the other two elite races – the 72 km Khardungla Challenge and the 122 km Silk Route Ultra is under review as the number of participants is restricted to 200. However, the organiser will take the final decision by 30th of July, until then, all registered runners of these two races are advised not reserve any flights.