Thought to send you a short message just to say how
much i enjoyed the race this year. Hovsgol is such a special place
and to join up with everyone at
This place can't
be for real. There must be some trick. Heaven and some of the nicest
people were here.
race, a wonderful honeymoon week, a wonderful party-week. The mother-in-law
came too and I still had a fantastic time. I leave Mongolia with a
Mongolian wife, some fantastic memories, and an irresistible urge
to come and run again as soon as possible. I just hope that everyone
else returns too.
More than 100
marathons I have done, but this one is one of the most exciting. After
Antarctic, Macchu Pichu, Sibiris, Mount Everest I would say, this
Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset marathon is a five star marathon according
to the landscape, organisation, volunteers and the Mongolian friendships.
Many thanks to all.
A stunning 100km
run! The same can be said for the organization of our week in Mongolia.
Especially enjoyed the contact with the Mongolian people and their
Coming back after
2002 to do my first 100km run in this pristine part of the world exceeded
by far my already very high expectations due to the great efforts
by the Organizers, the Mongolian horsemen and the old and new friends
I was privileged to meet.
A fantastic experience
in a wonderful land with wonderful people - both the Mongolians and
companions from all corners of the planet that came with us. The trip
exceeded all my expectations; the beauty, the support, the other runners
and even my own performance in the 100km. I will come back one day!
Thanks to everyone.
back!" Why? To repeat one of the most beautiful and exciting
weeks in my life as a runner. Thanks! Zvonimir Grobenski
Wow! I am so glad
I finally made this trip. It was a wonderful week with zillions of
Thanks to everyone for one of the best times
in my life (so far)!
Thanks for providing
the chance of enjoying this wonderful country. Great organisation,
fun people, nature pure and an outstanding run!
What a wonderful
week. One of the most well organised events we have seen. The camp
and the race were run without a hitch. The horsemen were wonderful.
Thank you all for such spirit and organization. Thanks for your commitment
to this beautiful environment and thanks for sharing this magical
place with us. Best wishes for Sunrise to Sunset 2003.
I have made three
trips to Hovsgol since 1998 and it seems I can never have enough of
it. This unspoiled piece of nature is becoming rarer and rarer in
this fast developing world and I sincerely wish everybody will do
their best to protect this area.
(race and all!!). We all had a brilliant time and hope to do it all
over again soon. Thanks a million to all who made this possible.
The Mongolia Sunrise
to Sunset has been a very memorable experience for me. It was the
perfect mix of pampering and roughing it. The race route was exquisitely
beautiful. Cheers to the organizers for an outstanding job.
Thank you for
a remarkable experience. Your philosophy and personalities merge perfectly
with this wonderful place.
Should be on everybody's race calendar. Brilliant experience and bizarrest
I experience ultrarunning
as meditation. Every race teaches me about my beliefs...how they limit
me...how they give me freedom. The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset taught
me about spaciousness. The wild beauty of the place, the warm spirit
of the people, and the sense of community amongst the participants
will entice me back. If you are called to this place...do not hesitate.
As a second time
participant, I am so happy that this event keeps its magical atmosphere.
While running, you truly feel and discover the incredibly powerful
dimension of the Nature, Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset is much more than
a race, it is a lifetime experience.
I'm only 13 years
old and I thought it was fantastic. The whole country is fresh, fresh
with beauty. The air clear, absolutely 0 pollution. Wild flowers litter
the fields with about 5 per square foot. Great fishing and trekking.
This trip is one of a kind. The people are great, not one grump. I
myself have made many friends (adults). It is the most marvelous and
exquisite running adventure ever.
are just fantastic. The country and especially Hovsgol National Park
are just marvelous. Running in such a wild environment with beautiful
scenery is one of the greatest things I have experienced.
the second time as it was the first - I will never ever tire of the
scenery, the warmth of the Mongolians and the herds of yaks showing
the way down the trail. I will come back next year.
Consider it to
be a stunning experience for your mind, body and soul. In a pristine
environment you will find the time to get an inside look into life
in this remote area of the world and to practice all kinds of leisure
activities. The range of possibilities goes from enjoying life next
to the beautiful lake to the challenging 100km race. The choice is
yours and the winners are all that decided to come.
- like the early days of the Marathon des Sables. Picturesque beauty
over 100 kilometers of runable trails. One of Asia's best ultramarathons/marathons.
Having run dozens
of trail marathons and ultramarathons, I think I know what makes a
good event. Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset gets it right. The organizers
combine a beautiful wilderness setting with a proper balance of comforts.
The race combines a challenging course with a well-manned and well-marked
trail. The participants all seem to have a great time and the organizers
throw the wildest awards ceremony anywhere.
This was my first
marathon and I wouldn't have picked a better one to start out with!
Spectacular views at the top of every difficult pass made up for any
pain. But the race was only one small part of the whole Mongolian
adventure. Words as pictures can't possibly describe the stunning
landscape. You have to experience it yourself.
Thanks for bringing
us to one of the last great wildernesses and running us through some
of its most gorgeous spots. It's a fantastic place with lovely people.
Restores the urban soul.
We've all spend
the last few days raving about how beautiful the course is. It's certainly
the most spectacular and pristine wilderness area I've ever visited.
A bonus with this even is the feeling that I'm contributing something
to help preserve the Park environment. For me it was more than just
another run, it's a lovely place to visit and a great holiday too.
Mongolia is a
magical and pristine country. It is host to the most spectacular ultramarathon
I can imagine. Wild reindeer running in front of you is the most inspiring
and amazing thing nearing the end of a 100km race! This is a proud
country of strong people. Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset gives one opportunity
to run in this pristine wilderness, and to give something to the communities
that host it.
Best trip of my
life! Great fun in an undiscovered venue.
I recommend the
event to anyone with a sense of adventure who is willing to test themselves.
The organization is excellent - everything happens just when it should.
Be brave and take the challenge!
A kilometer jogger
10 months ago becomes the 100 km ultra runner. This is the reason
why I come here. When the race gets going tougher, the tougher goes
on with the race. Thank you for giving me the great chance to compete
the greater race 'Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset' in one of the greatest
I wanted to say
thank you for putting together such a wonderful race. I was honored
to share the experience with such a great group of people in a country
that has become very dear to me. The event touched all of our lives.
The preparation, the setting, the camaraderie and the courage of so
many I will never forget.
And some quotes from Hovsgol locals:
Photos by Armin Schirmaier