Kyrgyzstan – Run The Silk Road Marathon

29 Apr 20

Kyrgyzstan – Run The Silk Road Marathon

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Run the Silk Run takes place annually in northern Tian Shan mountains, in eastern Kyrgyzstan, on the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake (1609m). The race route traverse through part of the Silk Route with historic architecture and magnificent alpine views along the run. The race, which is held in May each year, is dedicated to the memory of Satymkul Dzhumanazarov – a Soviet marathon runner from Kyrgyzstan, who took his place as a bronze medalist, on the podium of the Olympic marathon in 1980.

Issyk-Kul Lake, a protected marshland and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an endorheic lake, the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" in the Kyrgyz language; although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes. Aside from the protected marshlands, the lake is also surrounded by two mountain ranges -  Ala-Too (sunny) Mountains to the north and to the south the Terskey (shady) Ala-Too Mountains.Issyk-Kul was a popular stop on the Silk Road. The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.

The 9th international marathon of Kyrgyzstan - Run The Silk Road will be held on 2 May 2020

Train and Run with Running Coach ~ Liew Wei Yong

We are forming a team to take part in Run The Silk Road 2020 with running coach, Liew Wei Yong.

Voted by Run Society as one of the best 16 running coaches in Singapore, Liew Wei Yong is certified in everything from sports management to personality/behavioural assessment, she has been training runners for 15+ years while competing in killer marathons like the Elite Ultra, Gobi and Sahara Desert runs. She is also overseeing training for the Four Seasons Hotel, HP, SWEAT and NTUC running groups. This feisty trainer always finishes marathons within the top 16 and prides herself on being placed first in the Women's Endurance category at the 2015 Sports Hub Stepper Challenge.

Before the run, Wei Yong will be training with the team. The training will cover:

1) A full and half marathon training program consists of the mileage to clock per day.
2) Tracking of progress every week. Team members are required to submit personal data from tracking devices, such as Garmin, Strava or others. Team members will be advised accordingly, based on each person's data to train effectively.
3) A monthly strength training session. There are 4 training sessions:
1st session: 5 Jan 2020
2nd session: 2 Feb 2020
3rd session: 1 Mar 2020
4th session: 5 Apr 2020
Stand A Chance to WIN A Pair of Salomon Sense Running Shoes !
A BIG thank you to Liv Activ for sponsoring 2 pairs of Salomon Sense road running shoes ! All our 2020 running participants will stand a chance to win a pair! The lucky winners will be notified via email, after the lucky draw at the end of 2020!
Option to Extend for Sight-Seeing with Day Hikes after Run
The 8D extended itinerary (2 days extension) includes:-
(1) Day hikes in 2 of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan
- Grigorievka Gorge and Djety Oguz Gorge -
Grigorevka is one of the largest and best known of the beautiful gorges on the north shore of Issyk-Kul, in the Kungey Ala-Too (Sunny Ala-Too) Mountains. It is a long and picturesque gorge and famous for its wooded slopes and three mountain lakes.
Jeti Oguz is a sandstone formation about 25 km southwest of Karakol. The name means “seven bulls” because the rocks formation looks like seven bulls. Jeti-Oguz is a protected Nature Monument in Kyrgyzstan. On the approach to Jeti Oguz, there is another rock formation that resembles a broken heart. Legend says that this is the heart of a beautiful woman who died of a broken heart after two suitors killed each other fighting over her. These two rock formations have become symbols of the Issyk-Kul region and are popular images for photographs and paintings.
(2) The ancient historic city of Karakol
- Karakol, formerly Przhevalsk, is the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan. Nestled between the Tian Shan Mountains and Lake Issyk Kul, it is a city of traditional Russian houses that date back to 100 years old. Aside from the traditional Russian houses, Karakol is also known for the Dungan Mosque (a unique building in a style of the Chinese pagoda) and the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church (built of wood without a single nail used). Being close to the Tian Shan Mountains, it serve as a base for trekking in summer.
(3) Bokonbaevo Village
- Bokonbaevo is the largest settlement in the south of Lake Issyk-Kul. This village is famous its beautiful and untouched rural landscapes and fresh air. It also offer a glimpse into the nomadic life of Kyrgyz people and eagles/falcons hunters.

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Available Dates Price Qty*
29 Apr-4 May 2020 $1,500.00 (SGD)  / person  
29 Apr-6 May 2020 (extension itinerary) $1,600.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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Group size: Minimum 6 people

Package fee for the 8D extension itinerary :

2-3 people: $2850 per person

4-5 people: $1860 per person

 

Run Only Itinerary

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Bishkek. If there is time, take an afternoon easy hike in Ala Archa Natural Park and some sightseeing tour of BishkekB/L/D800m
Day 2Bishkek – Cholpon Ata town (Issyk Kul Lake)

4-5hours drive/280km. En route visit some UNESCO sites.
B/L/D1633m
Day 3Cholpon Ata Town. Training run around 8-10km in the morning. B/L/D1633m
Day 4Race dayB/L/D1633m
Day 5Cholpon Ata Town-Bishkek (4–5hours drive/280km)

B/L/D800m
Day 6Depart BishkekB/L/D

Run Itinerary with Extension

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Bishkek. If there is time, take an afternoon easy hike in Ala Archa Natural Park and some sightseeing tour of BishkekB/L/D800m
Day 2Bishkek – Cholpon Ata town (Issyk Kul Lake)

4-5hours drive/280km. En route visit some UNESCO sites.
B/L/D1633m
Day 3Cholpon Ata Town. Training run around 8-10km in the morning. B/L/D1633m
Day 4Race dayB/L/D1633m
Day 5Cholpon Ata Town-Karakol (150 km): Visit Grigorievka Gorge for a day hike before driving to Karakol. B/L/D1760m
Day 6Bokonbaevo Village. (180 km): Visit Djety Oguz Gorge (Seven Bulls) for a day hike before driving to BokonbaevoB/L/D1809m
Day 7Drive to Bishkek (280km). Visit the grand bazzar and some sightseeing in Bishkek if there is timeB/L/D800m
Day 8Depart BishkekB/L/D

Option to Extend for Sight-Seeing with Day Hikes after Run
The 8D extended itinerary (2 days extension) includes:-
(1) Day hikes in 2 of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan
- Grigorievka Gorge and Djety Oguz Gorge -
Grigorevka is one of the largest and best known of the beautiful gorges on the north shore of Issyk-Kul, in the Kungey Ala-Too (Sunny Ala-Too) Mountains. It is a long and picturesque gorge and famous for its wooded slopes and three mountain lakes.
Jeti Oguz is a sandstone formation about 25 km southwest of Karakol. The name means “seven bulls” because the rocks formation looks like seven bulls. Jeti-Oguz is a protected Nature Monument in Kyrgyzstan. On the approach to Jeti Oguz, there is another rock formation that resembles a broken heart. Legend says that this is the heart of a beautiful woman who died of a broken heart after two suitors killed each other fighting over her. These two rock formations have become symbols of the Issyk-Kul region and are popular images for photographs and paintings.
(2) The ancient historic city of Karakol
- Karakol, formerly Przhevalsk, is the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan. Nestled between the Tian Shan Mountains and Lake Issyk Kul, it is a city of traditional Russian houses that date back to 100 years old. Aside from the traditional Russian houses, Karakol is also known for the Dungan Mosque (a unique building in a style of the Chinese pagoda) and the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church (built of wood without a single nail used). Being close to the Tian Shan Mountains, it serve as a base for trekking in summer.
(3) Bokonbaevo Village
- Bokonbaevo is the largest settlement in the south of Lake Issyk-Kul. This village is famous its beautiful and untouched rural landscapes and fresh air. It also offer a glimpse into the nomadic life of Kyrgyz people and eagles/falcons hunters.

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Bishkek
  • All land transfer as in itinerary
  • Sight-seeing tour as in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Twin/trip sharing accommodation
  • Meals as in itinerary
  • 1l bottled drinking water per person/day
  • Full/half marathon/10km race registration fee, race pack, race t-shirt and souvenir medal
  • Support from a professional running coach

Exclusions

  • International airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (if needed)
  • Single Supplement
  • All beverages except boiled drinking water during trek
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency and running event/distance)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & running gear
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: travel gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated  itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Pre-trip support:

1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training program/advise from Liew Wei Yong

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local partner is one of the biggest and most established adventure operators in Kyrgyzstan.

Grading:

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a marathon.

Focus your training effort in the following primary elements of marathon training, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Base mileage. Build your weekly mileage over time, running three-to-five times per week.
  2. The long run. Do a long run every 7–10 days so your body can adjust gradually to long distances.
  3. Speed work. Practice intervals and tempo runs to increase your cardio capacity.
  4. Rest and recovery. Adequate rest helps prevent injuries and mental burnout.

Most marathon training plans range from 12-20 weeks. Beginning marathoners should aim to build your weekly mileage up to 50-80km over the four months leading up to race day.