BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan will be holding the world’s first-ever four-day long ultramarathon later this year as confirmed by the event organizers.

The four-legged race spanning over as many days and covering a distance of 236 km is scheduled to be held from 18-21 October in the Southern Kyrgyz city of Issyk-Kul.

Divided into four stages, the race will cover a number of towns and tourist landmarks in Southern Kyrgyzstan. The four legs will be arranged according to the following schedule:

  • Stage 1: Karakol to Ak-Terek, 64Km
  • Stage 2: Ak-Terek to Kadji-Sai, 47 Km
  • Stage 3: Kadji-Sai to Kyzyl-Tuu, 50 Km
  • Stage 4: Kyzyl-Tuu to Balykchy, 65 Km

The organizers were confident that this unique racing event will attract ultrarunner and extreme sports fans from all over the world.

An ultramarathon is an extreme modification of general marathon sports and includes running for significantly longer distances over a time period stretching for days.

Organized by the IAU – International Association of Ultrarunners and recognized by the IAAF – International Association of Athletics Federations, ultramarathons are popular around the globe with the most extreme one having a total distance of 1036 km to be covered in 6 days.

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