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Horses watching the runners at the shore of Lake Hovsgol.

Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S)

07-Aug-2019 Hovsgol National Park, Mongolia

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Trail Race Race Terrain
100KM / 62Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Magical trail run in the Mongolian mountains

The 2019 MS2S race week will take place from August 3-9, the race is scheduled for August 7. Registrations are now open: www.ms2s.org!

Mongolia – 20 years of the most remote and beautiful ultra-trail running, 20 years of charity for Hovsgol National Park and its population: The anniversary Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S) 42km and 100km trail run took place in early August at the shores of mighty Lake Hovsgol in Northern Mongolia. Runners from no less than 15 countries took part in this exceptional challenge and witnessed first-hand why MS2S is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful trail runs on the planet: Lakeside trails, windblown lowlands, craggy mountain passes, mossy fairy-tale forests and meadows full of wildflowers. The runners pass by wild yaks and horses. Mongolian horsemen serve as race marshals. Jun Matsumoto from Japan claimed the 100km victory in 12:37 hours. Among the ladies, Austrian Cornelia Oswald was the fastest (16:04 hours) to overcome the very challenging ultra-distance with an accumulated elevation gain/loss of 3.375m.

Check out the video of the 20-year-anniversary edition of Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset here

Register now for 2019!
Registrations for the 2019 edition of MS2S – a proud member of the International Trail Running Association ITRA – are now open on www.ms2s.org. This unique Mongolian adventure will take place in the week of August 3-9, 2019. In the days before and after the race day (August 7), the participants stay at a picturesque camp at the gorgeous Lake Hovsgol, sleep in traditional Mongolian “Gers”, enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, fishing and daily yoga sessions. They also get in touch with the local population and get a glimpse into their unique nomadic lifestyle. The race itself is as challenging as it is beautiful: The accumulated elevation gain/loss in the marathon distance is more than 2.200 meters, in the 100km ultra run it is 3.375 meters. Still, everybody with a strong spirit and good training can complete the race. The cut-off time – for both 42km and 100km – is 18 hours.

Race director Nicolas Musy: “MS2S is more than just a race. MS2S offers a full week in one of the world’s most pristine and untouched areas, a week of exploration and adventure – it is an eye-opening experience.” Early-bird travel packages are available until end of February 2019. The race is limited to 100 runners.

Check out the trailer for MS2S 2019 here

Run to protect the nature
With the proceeds of the event, the organizers support charity initiatives in the National Park. “The Hovsgol Lake area is a paradise on earth. Our goal is to keep the National Park as clean as it is, and to support the inhabitants so they can continue their unique way of life – and be proud of it”, says Musy. Through the ecoLeap foundation, garbage trucks are bought, park rangers hired, eco-friendly garbage bags provided. The MS2S organizers also raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection trough TV ads and educational projects. 

“It was an outstanding event - not to be missed. I have often been asked to name the race that I enjoyed most. My previous hesitations to name my favorite event are now replaced by a certitude: Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset.”

Henri Girault - World Record Holder for the Greatest Number of completed 100km races (600+)

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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BobtheBagger

02:44 29-12-15

A MUST DO race ..... I was entered for the 100km but injured myself in training a few weeks before, so had to settle for the marathon instead. The race is run in the most beautiful area imaginable, a lovely approach by boat up Lake Hovsgol then a few days to acclimatise by the lakeside, staying in comfortable (and warm) gers.
The friendliest people (locals and the race organisers) ensured a well organised race through remote mountains, mostly on good trails waymarked with eco friendly paint. If you like running in wild, remote places then get yor entry in quick...../

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