GlobalLimits’ Multi-Stage Races With Unique Cultural Experiences
GlobalLimits organizes annual multi-stage races in Albania, Bhutan and Cambodia with spectacular world-heritage finish lines, including inside the Butrinti National Park in Albania, Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan, and the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
The race organizer makes sure that the running course incorporates interaction with the daily lives of the local people, which is out of the reach of tourists. Kevin Webber, a veteran ultra runner from the UK who finished Cambodia recently, said, “Cambodia, the people were so welcoming, the landscape so beautiful, and the beer so cheap! The course was amazing with overnights at incredible waterfalls and temples.”
In Albania, where the total altitude gain is 8,000m, another UK runner who ran the last edition in the country, Oliver Waugh, observed that, “The Albanian people were extremely friendly and supportive; though no-one spoke any English or indeed a language that one could interpret.” Indeed, the runners have the time to stay with local families and experience the famed Albanian hospitality. He also added that the landscape was spectacular and unspoiled, although it was “a challenge even for the hardened racers” due to the heat and the uneven terrain.
How about ‘The Last Secret’ in Bhutan? Bhutan is a land-locked Buddhist country that measures its national output by way of Gross National Happiness. Sarah Sawyer (UK), who finished third in the female category last year, said she liked the race as the organizer “makes every effort to integrate runners into Bhutanese life, so it was going to be much more than a race….and it truly was.”
She added that, “I had the biggest smile on my face all week feeling that I was just so lucky to be running in such an amazing place. I’m stronger on more runnable terrain and weaker on the really technical terrain, however days 2 and 4, which were the more technical days, were my favourites, as climbing high up over a mountain pass on rocky mountainous terrain and then descending through dusty canyons, is exactly the reason you’ve come to run in Bhutan. I also loved running on dirt tracks as local children ran beside us asking what our names were and where we were from, and one of the most stunning views of the race was running through the umpteen prayer flags up to the Phajoding Monastery.”
These 6-day, 200-220km long events are limited to a small group of 40-50 runners to ensure minimal impacts to the local environment and maximum spirit of camaraderie. The race is supported, which means that the runners run with only their running vests. They can bring a maximum 10kg of supplies and food that they “re-unite” with at the end of a race day when they arrive at the camp. The race in Bhutan is even fully supported – food is provided at any time in the camp.
GlobalLimits races are definitely more than a race in the wilderness. Apart from the adrenaline boost from the competition and the adventures, the unique cultural experience in the races will leave lasting imprints in your heart and soul.
This year’s races are;
24th May - 01st June - 7th Bhutan - The Last Secret
06th Sept - 14th Sept - 3rd Albania - The Hidden Treasure
29th Nov - 07th Dec - 8th Cambodia - The Ancient Khmer Path
For more information on Global Limits races visit their website at; http://www.global-limits.com/home.html