No. The race is open to anyone who is over 18 years of age - with a sense of adventure. There is no requirement to have completed any other particular event in order to participate in Run The Rann, whichever distance you choose. If you register for either the 161 or 101 km races, we may contact you directly and engage an open and informal discussion about your running experience. We will absolutely not limit the access to those two events to experienced ultra athletes because we have often seen those DNF due to over-confidence when a total newbie would resist, bend but not break and show great dedication and enough mental tenacity to finish within the cut-off timing. Obviously you must be sufficiently trained to undertake the event but again, what does "sufficient" means? It will always be your responsibility to monitor your health and condition during the event and to withdraw from it if you are no longer fit enough to continue. We know that being able to do so requires experience but again, we want to give everyone a chance to participate and enjoy the beauty of our course. It is very tough and demanding with remote sections that will result in slow first aid and rescue response times. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are physically and mentally fit enough to complete the event which may take you up to 46 hours to finish - for the 161 kms race or 28 hours to finish for the 101 kms race.
Yes. Runners should be at least 18 years. We will consider applications of younger runners if they are experienced runners and can present a note from their parents or legal tutor.
All distances start at the same time: 7 am. Then, after a few kms, each race turns into its own route.
It is hereby made clear that no refunds will be processed under any circumstances. the fees of any participant not able to compete in the race will be automatically transferred to the next year and will not be returned. such transfer of fees will be carried forward only for the next event, and if the participant fails to register for the consecutive event, his/her fees will be forfeited. Furthermore, such participants must note that in case if the race fees increase in the next year, they will have to pay the difference in order to confirm their participation.
all participants must communicate their intention of cancellation in writing, via email only. no messages, phone calls or other forms of communication will be accepted or considered and no transfer of fees will be done in such cases.
In order to participate in our events, a set of proper racing gear is required. This list is only indicatory and each trail-runner must modify it according to their needs. It is important that the running gear gives you proper protection against the weather. Choose security and performance over weight of the gear.
To do this, the runner must make a request to the Organization's Medical Counsel. This request must be accompanied by a detailed medical file. If the Medical Counsel agrees, the runner will automatically be registered for the following year for the same race. His payment will be kept by the race organization.
The terrain you'll be running on, no matter which one of our distance you choose, will be different all the time. You'll be running over sand, dust, rocks, you'll be going up and down and up again, and, yes, up again. That's why it is going to be more demanding on your body. But it will also be much more fun because it absolutely won't be monotonous. You will witness nature in its own wilderness, you will see birds you've never seen before, watch a group of gazelles run away, probably surprise a peaceful buffalo family and if your lucky, very lucky, glimpse at a reptile running away from your step.
Of course! We are looking for volunteers to help us in managing and refueling aid stations, guiding national and international athletes through the registration process once on site which will include checking for ID proof, checking doctors' clearance, checking the compulsory gear, guiding the participants from Ahmedabad to race camp, explaining the rules of the race camps to the participants arriving on race site, etc...
During the race, runners will have access to sodas (they are good for upset stomach and they contain sugar which is the number one fuel for muscles) and energy drinks - But drink these little by little because an energy drink can also quickly upset your stomach if you drink too much at a time and run immediately after that.
Yes there is. A doctor will be available at all times on campsite and others will be available at certain specific points during the race. We still encourage the runners to be as self sufficient as possible.
As a runner you will be given an emergency telephone number that will direct you to one of our medical team 24h/24h. Be aware that there will be portions of the race where phones won't get signal. If you don't feel right, don't wait to be lost in the middle of the island, far away from everyone. The best idea would be to stop at the closest aid station. You may then wait for the doctor to come and examine you before s/he let you go again.
The weather will be sunny and hot, around 30-35°C. There should be no wind and the air will be dry. At night, the temperature will drop close to 10-15°C.
There always is a possibility of rain anywhere on planet earth but it is very unlikely in this part of the world, during the race dates.
Yes, every race has its own cut-off times.
161 km cut-off is 46 hours
101 km cut-off is 28 hours
51 km cut-off is 12 hours
This will be arranged regarding the number of people to transport and the emergency of the situation. Transportation on bikes, tractors and trucks will be made available as much as possible but there will be areas where no machine can go to get you. This means that you should in any case try to reach the closest aid station. If you can't move, tell a runner you find around you and he'll tell the next aid station. Worst case scenario: be ready to spend some time waiting for help. This is the reason why you should have water and food with you at all time.
Yes, transport will be made available from Ahmedabad. You will not have to pay extra for that transportation. But it is compulsory you reach Ahmedabad on your own. For more information on transport to race basecamp, check out http://www.runtherann.com/pages/reaching-dholavira
You should carry water at all times. Depending on the race you're participating, there's a compulsory list of gear that every runner should carry. Check on rules and regulation for the list of gear one should always carry along with him.
Besides the aid stations that are more or less 10 km from each other - depending on the accessibility - there's absolutely nothing. This is a semi-self-sufficient race.
No. You cannot transfer your registration to someone else.
No. But in the case of an injury sustained after registration and not completely curable before the day of the race, the organization recommend that the injured runner does not put themselves in danger unnecessarily, that they cancel their registration and postpone running the race until the following year. To do this, the runner must make a request to the Organization's Medical Counsel. This request must be accompanied by a detailed medical file. If the Medical Counsel agrees, the runner will automatically be registered for the following year for the same race. His payment will be kept by the race organization and his spot kept for next year.
No. It's really up to you. We strongly advise you to use proper running gear, including running shoes with a thick sole because the place is really thorny and you will not stand a chance if you wear minimalism running shoes. Clothing should be as per runner clothing.
Yes, absolutely. This family member will be able to stay with you at campsite with an extra cost of accommodation, but s/he will not be able to follow you on the run simply because the routes are too remote and this will be considered as assistance, which is forbidden. S/he will nevertheless be able to see you go through the race at certain locations, like main towns and accessible aid stations.
Trail running gives you the opportunity to run in colorful nature and not have to deal with ugly boring similar pavement and crazy immature drivers, not to mention the lack of pollution and a great sense of freedom. Trail running is beautiful because it allows us to experience being in the wild just like our ancestors, hunting for their lives, dealing with the elements of nature and living outside pretty much all the time. Trail running is about letting out your inner self, it is about a bigger than life experience, experiencing something we tend to forget in our modern societies.
Our event is not dangerous but trail running is an extreme sport: there is a risk of being injured. The more experienced you are at running and racing, the more knowledge you have about yourself and that type of wild environment, and the best your body and your mind will react to anything mother nature throws at you on race day: a stone that may trip you, a tree full of thorny branch, a lost and frightened snake, an angry scorpion. For each of our distance, you should be experienced enough to have covered at least half of it running, just once, in training. Our trail running races are not more dangerous than trying to cross the street in a busy city road. It requires focus, commitment, training, common sense and…yes, a little bit of luck too.
None of our distance is impossible to finish but they all require serious physical training and serious mental willingness. Firstly, none of our races are designed to be run by a 100% beginner, someone who almost never runs or hasn't run more than 15 kms non-stop in his life. Our 51 km race is designed for a person who trains for a minimum of 2-4 times a week, over 15 km each time, for 2 months before the race. It is also clear that this person should also be able to run 20-25 kms non-stop, without any sort of issue or muscle pain or aches, regularly.
Our 101 km race is a big serious deal. It is designed for the experienced runner or trail runner who has already completed a couple of marathons and felt the experience was 100% fun and relatively hard. Finishing a marathon is a big thing and it shows you have character, stamina and a great level of fitness. So if you've got a few of those under your belt and feel super strong mentally about going further, then the 101 may be the right race for you.
This race is clearly not for everyone. We don't expect more than 20 participants this year and probably 30-50% will drop out before the end of the race. It's a common figure in ultra running. Unless you're an alien, we can guarantee you there is about 98% of chances that you won't finish that race if you have never finish a trail running event that was more than 80 km. This one race is designed for the serious ultra runner, someone who has a lot of experience in marathon but mostly beyond.
Yes, absolutely... as much as you make the cut off times! Most ultra runners actually alternate between walking and running, especially when the race has elevation gain. So don't worry, walking some part of those races will still make you a finisher... if you finish.
Yes. Because all 3 races start at the same time the same day. Since we are organizing bus journeys from Ahmedabad to the race base camp, it's easier for everyone if all runners use those buses, unless they have their own means of transportation. Once a runner is done with his/her race, whether he/she has accomplished his/her mission or became a DNF (Did Not Finish), he/she can leave the campsite, no issues with that - but that means that the participant has personal means of transportation.
Yes, Intermediate Cut-off times will be strictly enforced. For those who do not know, intermediate cut-off time means you should have arrived and departed from an intermediate aid station before the set time limit. Participants are recommended to know and follow the time limit religiously or they will be disqualified and considered DNF.
For 101 kms participants intermediate aid station will be located at approximately 55 kms marker and every runner should have arrived and departed from the aid station within 15 hrs.
For 161 kms participants there are 2 intermediate cut-off points the first one is the intermediate aid station located at 55 kms marker and every runner should have arrived and departed from this aid station within 15 hrs. Other cut-off point is aid station located at approximately 114 kms marker and each runner should have arrived and departed from this intermediate cut-off point within 32 hrs.