The Thunder Dragon Marathon and Half-Marathon
RACE DATE: May 27, 2018
RACE TIME: 9:00 AM
COURSE - From the start at Zhiwa Ling, the first few kilometers are downhill on road before crossing a metal bridge swing bridge festooned in prayer flags. It then follows the Paro Chu River downstream to the tributary of the Wang Chu, where runners are at 2200m altitude. The route is undulating along the Wang Chu tributary – climbing gradually above the latticework of rice paddies up stream on one side of the river before crossing a bridge and returning down the other side on a gentle descent. Arriving back on the road near Paro the half marathon finish is reached. The marathon will then climb steadily for 4km up the side of a valley passing above Paro Dzong then up to Zueray Dzong, the highest point of the race (2530m). The challenging climbs and descents over the final 15km bring you back to the finish Zhiwa Ling and reward you with incredible views of Tigers Nest along the way.
TEMPERATURE - Expected temperatures range from 60F to 70F degrees. Humidity is comfortable in May and light rain is a possibility.
ENTRY FEE - All tour packages include the race entry fee, race t-shirt, pre-race pasta dinner, finisher medal and post-race celebration dinner. Your entry is guaranteed after receipt of a completed tour application form and deposit.
TIME LIMIT - The Marathon course time limit is eight (8) hours. There is no time limit for the Half Marathon.
DIFFICULTY - Very difficult. High altitude, challenging hilly course, trail run in a remote area.
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