THE BORDER 2023
What exactly are the means and virtues of patriotism? What constitutes the valor and pride that we hold so dear to our country? Has it just become that TV debate or a random chit-chat with family and friends? Are you done arguing and proving your stands either way? How about we give you an exciting excuse to come witness and experience the feels of it at the ground zero? What do these values of patriotism, pride, and valor take to live by?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Ultra runners of India - the flattest and only A to B 100 Miler, a grueling race through the might of the Great Indian Thar, the race where you get to see the Indian Army in action at the border itself, a road race where you experience the lesser known and discover new limits, the much-awaited ultra-marathon of India is ready to accept registrations for its 5th edition. The BORDER 100 is back again to celebrate ultrarunning for a wholly different cause.
BORDER 100 - HOW DID IT ALL START
The BORDER 100 was originally conceived in 2018 - as an excuse to celebrate and cherish the valor and supreme sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the Battle of Laungewala. 120 jawans of the 23rd Battalion, Punjab Regiment, held this post for the entire night until they were reinforced the next day. We devote this ultra-marathon to the martyrs and the brave soldiers who confronted the Pakistani soldiers that entire night. Besides, if the world can celebrate stories like that of Troy, 300, and Sparta, we thought why can’t we Indians give the world a unique medium to celebrate this pack of extraordinary Indians who gave up everything to stand for their land and its values? Generations would run from within the heart of the Golden City of Rajasthan, and face the geography of the great Indian Thar to reach the Indian part of the Indo-Pak Border at Laungewala post of the Indian Army - all of it to keep the story and memory of this battle alive!
THE RACE - WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE
The BORDER 100 is infamous as one of the flattest 100-mile races in India. However, this race route tests a runner's mettle in the last 40 kilometers where the rolling ups and downs through extensive infinity of sand dunes pose extreme challenges to a broken mind and body. The race starts at 1200 HOURS in the afternoon and the runners are exposed to the harsh bright sun of the Jaisalmer city and its outskirts. Climatically, there are strong headwinds usually and survival on accurate hydration becomes key. While the runners are pampered by warm and enchanting sunsets, the only hope of light courtesy of the full moon baits them into the loneliness and chills of sub-zero nights of the desert.
Basically, we have attempted to design the BORDER 100 to simulate the challenges faced by the battalion of Major Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri through different stages of their task of holding the ground. However, to sum up, this entire race route is a mix of barren-beautiful landscapes painted by mesmerizing sunsets. In the three editions that we have hosted this race, we have witnessed some significant achievements across all the categories of the race.
Note: Only Indians are allowed to run this race.
You can enter The Border through three different categories
50 KM | CUT OFF – 08 HOURS
DEC 16, 2023 | 1200 HOURS - 2000 HOURS
This is where you can taste a part of The BORDER 100. Besides, if you are looking for a personal best in a 50KM, this could be the best course for you. Also, if you are looking to enter the world of ultra running, this 50K is undoubtedly the best entry you can ask for. The race finishes near a settlement called Poonam Nagar and the evenings here are known for their grand sunsets.
100 KM | CUT OFF – 16 HOURS
DEC 16, 2023 | 1200 HOURS - DEC 17, 2023 | 0004 HOURS
The 100 KM category reaches just before it all starts to look like the advent of Great Indian Thar. The race finishes on the outskirts of Ramgarh. This 100K route could again be the perfect course to record a personal best. If you are looking to run a 100K for the first time, out of stadiums and loops, this category is your thing.
100 MILES | CUT OFF – 28 HOURS
DEC 16, 2023 | 1200 HOURS – DEC 17, 2023 | 1600 HOURS
This is the signature category of The Border 100. The hundred-mile race course from Jaisalmer, through Kuldhara, Poonam Nagar, Ramgarh, and a handful of other remote desert villages reaches the Laungewala Post of the Indian Army. The race finishes at the Laungewala War Memorial. The last 40 KM of the race course consists of rolling hills and is prone to intermittent sandstorms. Through tactically allowed hydration on every 10 kilometers, you would face the wrath and might of the Great Indian Thar.
AID STATIONS – EVERY 10 KM
Every 10 KM of the route will have aid stations supplied well with water and fluids. However, several aid stations have tactical allocations of food and edible supplies. The menu includes nuts, soft drinks, dates, gatorade, glucose, bananas, boiled potatoes, tea coffee, and sandwiches. Main meals are also planned tactically and would be available at 60K, 100K & 130K. All the aid stations would be well supplied with first aid kits.
BIB EXPO – DEC 15, 2023 | 1200 HOURS - 1530 HOURS
ROUTE BRIEFING – DEC 15, 2023 | 1600 HOURS - 1730 HOURS
It is mandatory to attend the route briefing to be able to start the race. If you are not present during the briefing, you will not be allowed to start the race. It is advised that you collect your BIB in time to avoid any last-minute hassles.
POST RACE CELEBRATIONS
DEC 17, 2023 | 1900 HOURS ONWARDS
Sitting together and cherishing our run at The Hell Races has become a customary tradition over time. From The BORDER 100, ‘22, we are bringing it into the formal setup of the event. At this post-race gathering, we would celebrate life and run with food and drinks on the menu of a premium hotel in Jaisalmer. The details would be made public once we land up in Jaisalmer for the race.
Race Bib, Race T-shirt, Medal, Certificate, Hydration support, Refreshment and food during the race, Medical support, and Transport in the race.
Exclusions: Any personal expenses
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
# Any cancellation before 60 days will be eligible for a 100% refund of the registration fee.
# Any cancellation between 60-45 days will be eligible for a 50% refund of the registration fee.
# Any cancellation between 44-30 days will be eligible for a 25% refund of the registration fee.
# Any cancellation between 30-0 days will not be eligible for a refund under any circumstances.
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