2019 Kalaw 51K Ultra Marathon
December 7 @ 6:15am to 4:30pm
Event Location: Kalaw Heritage Hotel, Kalaw
2019 sees the 4th staging of the Kalaw Trail Run (KTR). This year we are particularly excited to be able to offer for the first time in Myanmar an Ultra Marathon as part of this event. It's been pleasing to watch the KTR grow bigger and better each year, with more runners taking part. In 2018 it was terrific to see not only many runners from all over the world joining the event but as importantly, a large increase in the number of Myanmar nationals taking part. In fact the Myanmar runners accounted for nearly 50% of total participants, which just shows the huge interest in running emerging in this country and the desire of of people to get fit and healthy. It seemed only logical to organisers of this event that there was a definite need to offer something longer and more challenging that would draw in more runners from within Myanmar and overseas, who were looking for something a bit different while at the same time having opportunity to see more of this beautiful country.
The KTR Ultra 51K is a challenging course with a total elevation of 2075m and it's highest point at 1607m. Whilst not long by international ultra distance standards, the course is certainly tough enough to test most trail runners. With hydration, nutrition and water stations every 10-12km it is it is ideal for the "first time" ultra marathon trail runner also.
Starting and finishing at the Kalaw Heritage Hotel the course leaves the town after a gentle 4km climb along back streets before entering the hills and trails. Passing through 10 villages, several monasteries, crossing streams and rice fields, and taking you through some amazingly fertile farming lands, the trail enters back into Kalaw after a quick run through a pine forest and down to the railway station before returning up the road to the finish at the Kalaw Heritage Hotel.
By participating in this event you will be making history in completing Myanmars first Ultra marathon trail run. Congratulations!
We do hope you not only enjoy your run, but also the warmth and hospitality of the Kalaw community and all that this this beautiful region has to offer.
So please read on for all relevant event information. If you still have questions by the end of this document please don't hesitate to contact us via email: email@example.com
See you on Saturday 7th December 2019
KTR 2019 Organising Committee.
GPX Route Map:51K (NEW GPX file! updated Nov 22nd)
Event Handbook (uploaded 23/10)
The mandatory gear check will commence at 5:45am with the Race Briefing at 6:00am
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all the mandatory gear as noted in the Event Handbook when you arrive for the 6:00am gear check
You need to be carrying 1 litre of water at the start of the race and this should be refilled at each water station
Cut off times as per the Event Handbook, will be strictly enforced
Runners must ensure that their Bib numbers are checked off as they pass through each checkpoint
Failure to abide by these guidelines and those in the Event Handbook will result in disqualification
Bib collection will be available on Friday 6th December from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Kalaw Heritage Hotel and also for late comers on race day at 5:30am.
Runners are welcome to leave a labelled bag with clean clothes, food etc at the Bag Drop Off Point near the Start/Finish line. Whilst all care will be taken, please avoid placing any valuables in your bags.
As per the Event Handbook the facility to have a drop bag taken to a checkpoint on the course is currently not offered. We have ensured that water, 100 Plus, and various fruits are available at each checkpoint. You are responsible for carrying any additional food such as gels, bars nuts, electrolytes that you wish to consume during the run.