The organizers of the Mustang Trail. The inaugural race was tiny with 13 competitors and proved an extremely enjoyable success with a unique mixture of manageable running distances at high altitudes, wonderful varied landscapes, rich Buddhist culture (the race checkpoints include Monasteries and caves). The second event attracted 25 competitors with serious runners from USA, Italy and Nepal along side strong Nepali athletes.
The 2018 event will meet in Kathmandu on April 15th.
- 2015 article in the Guardian, UK: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2015/may/14/nepal-a-trail-runners-paradise-earthquake-running-tourism
- 2014 race report – Roger Henke: rogerhenke.com/2014/05/18/2014-mustang-trail-race-wrap-up/
- 2014 race report – Andy Wellman: sanjuanmountainrunning.com/mustang-trail-race/
- 2014 race report – Guardian UK: theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2014/may/22/mustang-trail-race-nepalese-himalayas
You can see a selection of images which tell the story here: http://gallery.trailrunningnepal.org/
I feared disappointment -Mustang is undoubtedly a hyped destination …. But I was blown away by the landscape, the villages, the trails, and the company. Apparently Mustang is much more powerful than any hype effect. – Roger Henke, NL, (Race number 19, 2014)
[The organisers] … put together an event, a shared experience and adventure, that felt as if it was simultaneously pieced together on the spot moment to moment, and yet also instilled the faith that absolutely nothing had been overlooked. Perfection was impossible to achieve here, and was never promised, but in that way there was no pressure for the experience to unfold any other way than exactly as it did – perfectly. – Andy Wellman, USA (Race number , 2014)
“The Mustang Trail Race has left an indelible mark on me. Everything good about trail running: cultural exploration, adventure, challenging oneself, and the camaraderie that comes from multi-day races, was present in huge quantities. Similarly to a great book, or amazing album, I could bore my friends to death by begging them to experience the Mustang Trail Race for themselves.” – Matt Moroz, UK
Some images from the inaugural 2013 race, April 2013.