Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.

As Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words, this monument is recognized as one of universally most admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. This challenging marathon in India brings adventurous runners from all over the world to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Taj Mahal. This race begins in the shadow of the impressive building and takes the runners into a part of India that very few visitors get to see. Listed among top 10 places to run a marathon by Lonely Planet, The Taj Mahal Marathon is one of its kinds.
The course is relatively flat and the surface is even most of the way. But the heat and sun will prove challenging to even the most hard-boiled long-distance runner. The history on weather charts has a very rough tale to proclaim. The harsh Indian heat gives The Taj Mahal Marathon the extremeness. The term of extraordinary scenery is fully fulfilled at the unique start and finish area and on the route that stretches through the most discovered and some undiscovered places of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Race details:

The single stage ultramarathon will take you through the most storied landscapes, tough city highways and world heritage, Kaleodeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) with lots of greens around landing straight into the cinder of the sub continent through the barren ravines. This marathon is only for the grown up. Before signing up, make sure you have experienced running on road with traffic in June heat which is aggravated by legendary air pollution of India.
The race will start at Taj Mahal, Agra and will finish at Bhangarh Fort, Alwar.
This is a crew supported race. Each racer will have a crew supporting them from start to finish, with a minimum two and maximum four member crew

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Itinerary:

Wednesday, June 12th 2013
Arrive Agra. Explore the heritage city with Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and much more. Relax in the evening with some authentic dinner.
Thursday, June 13th 2013
You can choose to arrive today as Agra is just 2.5 hour drive from Delhi. Continue to explore the surroundings. Pre-race meeting and briefing at Taj Mahal. Rest Well.
Friday, June 14th 2013 – Sunday, June 16th 2013
Marathon starts at 0400 hrs in the morning from Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal, Agra.
The route will mostly comprise of National Highway with some off trail sections to avoid traffic through some villages on course providing picturesque scenery to capture in evening hours. The race will finish at 0400hrs at Bhangarh Fort, Alwar through historic Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur, and sub-urbs of Dausa.

Registration Amount:

  • Without Support Vehicle : INR 6000
  • With Support Vehicle* : INR 16000
    * Support vehicle includes two ice boxes runners may use during the course of the run
Registration fee includes:
  • Race T-shirt, Finisher’s trophy, Finisher’s Certificate, Crew Member Medals, Ice, On course Medical Support, Night time security on the course and water purification tablets
  • Race fee does NOT include any travels, accommodation, support vehicle, fuel, water or nutrition requirements of runner or crew and any overhead expense not listed above

Race cut-offs:

  • Total race time: 48 hours
  • Considering comfort of runners with varying temperature conditions, there won’t be any Individual time-station cut-offs
Taj Mahal | Registration | Route | Rules and Guidelines | Running in Hot Weather

18 responses »

  1. I had a word with the organizer. We can share a support vehicle between 3-4 runners or we can simply hire our own vehicle. I’m game for both. People who are interested can call me on 09960255169

    • Yes. As per the latest discussions, two runners can choose to share a support vehicle. But, out of prior experience with ultramarathon running, we strongly discourage sharing of support vehicle. It has been a test way to completely fail in an ultramarathon.

  2. Is the route flat or hilly? What is the total positive elevation to climb?

    Is it reasonably safe to run alongside traffic or is there a serious risk of cars crashing into runners?

    • @Ingmar: Route is flat. It’s such that though u’ll be around traffic for most part, but it’s completely safe to run that down. Every security measure has precisely been taken care of.

  3. Hi !
    Indians can participate in dis race as the fees is mentioned in US dollars not in INR.
    If Indian can participate, what v’l b fees in INR..

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