Kyrgyzstan – Run The Silk Road Marathon

7 May 19

Kyrgyzstan – Run The Silk Road Marathon


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 8th international marathon of Kyrgyzstan - Run The Silk Road will be held on 11 May 2019

Bonus Inclusions (for those based in Singapore)

Receive a complimentary Tailwind Neck Gaiter! We are also collaborating with a running coach and several running gear outfitters to help you better prepare and get ready for the race - from fitness to running outfit!

(1) Complimentary Group Training Sessions 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.

The 3 group training sessions consist of the followings and will be conducted in the 1st 3 weeks of March 2019:
• Principal of Training and Gait Analysis
• Fitness Assessment plus Strength & Conditioning
• Hill training session at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

(2) Discount Vouchers from various running gear outfitters

- New Balance Singapore: Up to 25% storewide discount. Valid till June 2019
- Julbo: Up to 20% discount. Valid till June 2019




Group size: 6 people

Group size package fees:

2 people3 people4 people 5 people 6 people
$1600 per person$1300 per person$1175 per person$1090 per person$1020 per person

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 – Bokonbaev Village (4-5hours drive/280km). En route visit the UNESCO site of Burana Tower near Tokmok town and have a short tour of Tokmok. Upon arrival at Bokonbaev, check into Almaluu Yurt Camp. If time and weather permit, take a walk along sandy beaches, swim or just enjoy the clean water and amazing views with snowcapped mountains that surround the Issyk Kul Lake
Day 3Bokonbaev Village – Djeti Oguz Gorge - Karakol town (2.5-3hours drive/150 km). Head towards the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake towards Karakol town with en-route stops at Fairy Tale Canyon (Skazka) and Djeti Oguz Gorge.
Day 4Karakol – Cholpon Ata Town(2.5-3 hours drive/150 km). After breakfast and some sight-seeing, drive to Cholpon Ata Town.B/L/D1633m
Day 5Race day

Day 6Cholpon Ata Town-Bishkek (4–5hours drive/280km)B/L/D800m
Day 7Depart BishkekB/-/-


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


  • International airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (If needed)
  • Single Supplement
  • Entrance fees to sight-seeing places like monasteries etc
  • 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 race)
  • 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

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the run:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit (For trekking/mountain climbing trips)
4. Rope skill workshop (For mountain climbing trips that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

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.


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.