2013 Event information
RACE DATE - June 8, 2013 - 7:00 am start.
ORGANIZER - The race is organized by the Marathon Tours, Inc. in association with local community groups.
COURSE - The course starts in the small village of Bedaba. The course will loop along dirt trails used by the villagers for their zebu-drawn carts. Runners must cross a couple of small rivers, through two additional villages and even a tiny rain forest before reaching highway 7 at about 11K (7 miles). Here half-marathoners will go right and follow trails paralleling the highway back to Bedaba. Marathoners will go left to enter Isalo National Park. A large loop within the park along grassy trails passes spectacular rock formations dating back millions of years. Once exiting the park, there will be about 4 miles back to Bedaba. The courses have just a few rolling hills and good footing for 98% of the course.
ENTRY FEE: - The entry fee is $150 USD or 120 euros for the marathon or half-marathon. Entry is offered only by booking a package through your choice of official tour operators. You may add an additional $25 USD or 20 euros to sponsor a Malagasy runner who cannot afford an entry fee. You will meet him or her during the welcome reception.
ELIGIBILITY - All runners traveling from outside Madagascar must purchase the special travel package and enter through Marathon Tours & Travel or an official tour operator.
TIME LIMIT - Marathon - 6 1/2 hours; Half-Marathon - 5 hours.
NUMBER PICKUP - Numbers and pre-race briefing will be held at Satrana Lodge, official race headquarters. The pasta party will follow.
AID STATIONS - Drink stations with bottled water will be positioned approximately every 5K. Runners must bring their own electrolyte drinks or nutritional supplements. Portable toilets will be available in tents at the start/finish area and two remote parts of the course.
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.