Tough course; great people and experience (about: 2006)|
Sung Kim from Boston/NYC, USA (10/3/06)
2 previous marathons
| 1 Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset Ultra & Marathon
At best, I'm an amateur runner. I signed up for the 100K, but was only able to finish the regular marathon. Went by myself and left with lots of new friends. The course is physically demanding, but the scenery is amazing and beautiful. Pretty much no spectators, but friends you made that are running with you and the enthusiasm of the support staff are more than enough to keep you going. Organization was top-notch. We arrived a few days before the run and stayed a few days after the run. There was plenty to do there: horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, fishing, etc. A lot of us just hung around getting to know each other and learning about the culture and the country. If you do sign up for this, try to spend more time on your own (either before or after the marathon) discovering more of Mongolia. The timing of this marathon is withn a week or two of the annual Nadaam Festival in Ulan Bataar (the capital city). If you can stay for the festival, it's a fantastic experience.