2017 Event information
RACE DATE - June 18, 2017 - 7:00 am start.
ORGANIZER - The race is organized by the Marathon Tours & Travel, Inc. in association with the National Park Association.
COURSE - The marathon course starts at Le Jardin du Roy, Race Headquarters. 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 Relais de la Reine, also Race Headquarters. 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 or 135 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 $45 USD or 40 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. 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 only at 13 miles. 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.