Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Breathtaking: trail running in the pristine mountains of Mongolia
13th annual Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100km and 42km run took place
on 3 August 2011. Adventure seeking runners from 16 countries participated. The
non-profit event raised money for environmental projects in Hovsgol National
Mongolia, 25 August 2011 - Pristine mountains, dark green mossy forests, the crystal clear Lake Hovsgol,
the unique nomadic culture: The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S) is said to be
the most beautiful 100km and 42km run on the planet. For the 13th
year, runners from all over the world gathered in Hovsgol National
Park, not far from the Siberian border in northern
Mongolia, to take part in this
adventure race. "It is not only about running a race", says organizer Nicolas
Musy. "The runners and their companions or families enjoy a week in
Mongolia with horseback riding,
kayaking, fishing, hiking or mountain biking in this fantastic, pristine
mountain area. They also get in touch with the unique nomadic culture; they
sleep in Mongolian gers and have the chance to interact with the horsemen who
keep them safe during the race. This is what makes the MS2S special!"
With an accumulated
elevation gain/loss of more than 3'300 meters, this is no cakewalk.
German-Japanese Timo Meyer, running for the charity, Shoe4Africa, won the 100km
race in 10:55 - the second best time in MS2S history. For most others, it was
all about finishing within the 18 hour cut-off time. Just as in the years
before, there were many true adventurers among the runners: One athlete travels
thousands of kilometres by bike through Mongolia every year to participate in the race,
others flew in right after an expedition to Alaskan Mount McKinley, after
participating in the Maasai Ultra Marathon in Kenya or a running event in Antarctica.
Running for a good cause
The MS2S race is a
non-profit event. All proceeds are used to support a variety of preservation
projects in Hovsgol National Park via the "ecoLeap foundation" registered
of the supported projects is the "zero-litter policy" in the national park. "The
proceeds from the event and participants' donations have funded the initial
set-up cost for the litter control project, as well as the ongoing operation
costs: for hiring additional park rangers, providing eco-friendly trash bags,
and communication and educational events and materials", reports
2012: limited to 100 runners!
After race day 2011,
preparations for next year's event have already begun. "We are continuously
working on our environmental projects, to keep this pristine mountain area as
beautiful as it is now and to make the nomads proud of their abilities and
culture. And we will put all our efforts into organizing another great race in
2012", says Nicolas Musy. The registration period for the MS2S race will start
on 1 October 2011. Musy: "The camp at Lake Hovsgol allows us to accept a maximum of
100 runners and their companions."
Picture Legend MS2S 1: Mongolian ger: Runners at the MS2S sleep
Picture Legend MS2S 2: Escorted by horsemen: The MS2S is a unique
Picture Legend MS2S 3: Lake Hovsgol: Stunning views from the Chichee
Picture Legend MS2S 4: Pristine experience. The MS2S aims to keep the
National Park as beautiful
as it is now.
Picture Legend MS2S 5: Wild horses along Lake Hovsgol.
Picture Legend MS2S 6: Mongolian Owoo: Circle it clockwise three
times for good luck on the run!
Picture Legend MS2S 7: Pristine Mongolian
Picture Legend MS2S 8: Crystal clear Lake Hovsgol.
Picture Legend MS2S 9: Mongolian horseback
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a detailed race report on www.ultramongolia.org.
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Contact: Bernhard Hagen