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Horses watching the runners at the shore of Lake Hovsgol.

Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S)

11-Aug-2021 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  

Entry From $1900 USD

22nd Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset set to take place on August 11, 2021

  • The 22nd edition of the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S) charity ultra-trail run is planned for August 11, 2021. The race week will be from August 7-14.
  • Secure your spot and register now – pay once the race is fully confirmed in the spring of 2021. Registrations are open on www.ms2s.org!
  • MS2S, one of Asia’s first ultra-trail runs, offers an unforgettable running experience in the untouched Mongolian nature. All proceeds are used to fund environmental projects in Hovsgol National Park.

After the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S) 42km and 100km ultra trail run was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, the organizers now plan a comeback of the traditional trail race: The 22nd edition of MS2S is set to take place on August 11, 2021. MS2S, a member of the International Trail Running Association ITRA, is more than just a spectacular ultra-trail run – the participants enjoy a full week in the Mongolian wilderness.

The race week is scheduled from August 7-14. Registrations are already open on www.ms2s.org – runners and their friends and families can now register and secure their spot – the race is limited to 100 participants. Payments will be required only once the travel situation in Mongolia is back to normal and the event is 100% confirmed.

Once in a lifetime experience
MS2S, held annually since 1999, is a unique charity run in one of the most untouched and wild parts of Mother Earth. Mongolian horsemen serve as race marshals. Herds of yaks and wild horses watch the runners passing by. The majestic Lake Hovsgol provides for the perfect setting.

The days before and after the race are as impressive as the race itself: The participants sleep in traditional Mongolian Gers in a picturesque camp at the lakeshore in the North of Mongolia, not far from the Siberian border. They get in touch with the nomadic population, explore the gorgeous area on horseback, and enjoy activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and daily yoga sessions.

That is what running in Mongolia looks like – check out this MS2S video: https://youtu.be/0Q2xGV83-tI

MS2S is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful trail runs on the planet, and the race course will not be changed in 2021: Lakeside trails, windblown lowlands, craggy mountain passes, mossy fairy-tale forests and meadows full of wildflowers.

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.

Run to protect the wilderness
Race director Nicolas Musy: “MS2S offers a week of exploration and adventure – it is an eye-opening experience.” 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.

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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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