RACE DATE - June 12, 2021
START TIME: 7:00 AM
ORGANIZER - The race is organized by the Marathon Tours & Travel, Inc. in association with the National Park Association.
COURSE - The marathon course starts at Relais de la Reine. The course will cross over Highway 7 and enter Isalo National Park and run about a 14 mile loop back to Highway 7. The course follows some trails onto pasture land past through some small villages, across shallow streams and back to the finish at Jardin du Roy. A large loop within the park along grassy trails passes spectacular rock formations dating back millions of years. The courses have just a few rolling hills and good footing for 98% of the course. The half-marathon course is run almost entirely within Isalo National Park.
ENTRY FEE - The entry fee is $150 USD for the marathon or half-marathon. Entry is offered only by booking a package through Marathon Tours & Travel.
ELIGIBILITY - All runners traveling from outside Madagascar must purchase the special travel package and enter through Marathon Tours & Travel. Runners in the marathon must be at least 18 years old on race day.
TIME LIMIT – Marathon: 7 hours; Half-Marathon: 5 hours.
NUMBER PICKUP - Numbers and pre-race briefing will be held at Le Jardin du Roy, official race headquarters. The pasta party will follow.
AID STATIONS - Portable water is a valuable commodity in Madagascar. Runners must be self-sufficient while running. Drink stations with bottled water will be positioned where possible. Camelbacks and other carrying devices for liquids is highly recommended. Runners must bring their own electrolyte drinks or nutritional supplements.
AWARDS - Top three overall for males and females in both races. In the marathon: top two in each age category under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. All finishers will receive a certificate and medallion.
TEMPERATURE – June is the dry season in Madagascar so expect little to no rainfall. The average temperature will be a high of 30C (86F) and low of 16C (61F).
Difficulty: Challenging Course. Although fairly flat with a few rolling hill, parts of the course is on sand, through grass, and through shallow water at various points on the course.