Some of the popular Half Marathon 2019 are London, Berlin, Barcelona, but running a marathon in Paradise on earth in Kashmir is a totally different experience.
Half Marathon in Kashmir
Kashmir Half Marathon was organized in Bagh Azad Kashmir on 14th July, 2019, with the total elevation gain of 1100 m. Total 14 participants registered for the race. The race started from Shamsi Stadium Bagh at an altitude of 1100m and finished at Sudhan Gali Gate (Bagh – Muzaffarabad Link Road) at an Altitude of 2200m. The road was totally hilly.
Water Station : Natural Spring Water
The run was a great one because on every 3km we had water stations of Natural Spring Water. Aid stations had fresh fruits from tree branches ready for us to pick and clean and eat.
Natural Spring water was sweet and fresh, it gave refreshing feeling and non of the runner wanted to leave the water station without drinking enough water.
Running through Jungle
Natural beauty in Bagh Azad Kashmir is also at its peak, where sunlight was hardly visible because of trees in jungle. Though this was the road run but road was surrounded by trees (various kinds including fruits).
I recorded race using Garmin Forerunner 935, it perfectly gave me elevation, distance, temperature and other important information. The data was synchronized to Strava App, and below is Strava activity detail ;