Bagan Temple Marathon - November 26th 2016
2,000 wonders await you on 26 November 2016 Tucked away in central Myanmar and home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, striking landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land. A relatively flat course, the route takes runners through a temple wonderland and small villages where it feels like time has stood still. The heat and dusty course is a challenge for most runners participating in the Bagan Temple Marathon. However, the beautiful temples, the friendly villagers, the other-worldly atmosphere make this marathon one of a kind. Find out more about the race below. The Bagan Temple Marathon only has allotment for 500 foreigners. Enquire now to gurantee your entry!
Bagan Temple Marathon - Packages
Highlights: Limited to just 300 foreigners, one of the most unique running experiences exploring Bagan’s ancient temples.
Race date: November 26th 2016
Set Packages available: 4D/3N (Nov 24th – Nov 28th) Standard or Deluxe
Package inclusions: * Guaranteed entry to the Bagan Marathon 2016 (Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km)
* English speaking race officials, international medical team, time taking and results
service, supplies on the route, running T-Shirt, finishers medal
* 3 nights accommodation with breakfast daily
* Return airfares between Singapore and Yangon
* Return airfares between Yangon and Bagan
* Transport within Bagan
* Dinner on day 1
Please note: The cost of running the event at Bagan (licences, medical team etc) multiplied by the limited entries available results in this event being expensive to participate in. We can guarantee it’s worth it though! Prices below are from prices and are subject to availability at time of booking.
Package Price: 4D/3N Standard Package from SGD $1579 pp twin share / SGD $1892 pp single share
4D/3N Deluxe Package from SGD $1940 pp twin share / SGD $2260 pp single share
We can also add-on: * AIG Travel Insurance (including race injury coverage)
* Extended stay in Bagan
* Extended stay/add-on packages at Yangon or Inle Lake
Family Friendly: Yes!
Spectator Packages: Available
Custom Packages: Available
Availability: Very Limited
The Bagan Temple Marathon starts and finishes at Htilominlo Temple, built in 1211 and known for its fine plaster carvings.
The first part of the route is the same for full and half marathon runners. And the last section starting at approximately 13km for the half marathoners and 35km for the marathon runners, the route converges.
After the start, the first 5km are run on dirt roads through the plains of Bagan towards Old Bagan. Runners will be treated to magnificent views of thousand-year-old temples and pagodas.
The course continues on asphalt for about 1km before hitting the dirt road again as runners carry on across Bagan. The next 5km are on dirt roads.
10K runners follow the same route as the full and half marathons until the course reaches Old Bagan where they turn back to Htilominlo Temple and the finish line.
As you reach the 11km mark and the water station there, you pass the Dhammayazika Pagoda. At this point, the full and half marathon runners part ways.
Marathon runners turn right whereas half marathon contestants go left.
Half Marathon runners
Half marathon runners continue 1km on an asphalt road until they take another left onto dirt tracks which lead into the small village of West Pwazaw. After passing the village and roughly 2km later, the route crosses paths again with the full marathon course.
The full marathoners turn right after the Dhammayakiza Pagoda at the 11km mark. They carry on towards New Bagan, but instead of entering New Bagan, runners continue onto a sandy path and enter what feels like a different realm. The course takes runners on a journey of discovery. See ox carts laden with grain plodding on the sandy track. Wave to farmers tending their rice and peanut fields. Be prepared to high five gaggles of children decked out in their festive clothes waiting to say hello. It feels like time has been standing still in this remote corner of the world.
At 22km, runners enter the beautiful Nyaungdo village. The surface is now back to being a dirt road and the course continues onto a dam with the view to the right of a stunning mountain-top pagoda, Tuyin Taung Pagoda. To the left, the palm-fringed fields lie below and the spires of Bagan’s temples shimmer in the distance.
From 26-30km, runners continue on an asphalt road which is not closed off to traffic, so remember to keep to the left.
The route continues onto a dirt road and through the fields until another village is reached. The course takes you through East Pwazaw village where the residents are likely to be outside their homes and cheering you on! This small village with its palm-leaf roofs and warm residents will undoubtedly give you a boost of energy to carry on.
The marathon and half marathon routes meet
A dirt trail connects the route to West Pwazaw village where the marathon route meets the half marathon course.
After West Pwazaw village, the course continues through the plains of Bagan and runners are again rewarded with views of the historic temples.
At this point, the surface becomes asphalt for about 1km before reverting back to dirt tracks again. The final stretch is a mix of dirt and asphalt surfaces before the long-awaited finish line is in sight back at Htilominlo Temple.