About the Bhutan International Marathon

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The Bhutan International Marathon was created in 2012 by the Bhutan Olympic Committee

The Bhutan International Marathon was created in 2012 by the Bhutan Olympic Committee, with the goal of creating the most beautifully scenic and culturally inspiring marathon experience in the world – through the magical Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

Marathon: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Start Time:  8:00 AM

  • Finish line and parking at Punakha Dzong
  • Start line in the Gasa Dzongkhag
  • National Registration Fee: 1000 Nu
  • International Registration Fee: $150 US
  • Runners must report at the Damchen Parking Lot: 5:30am
  • Race starts at 8:00 AM

Half Marathon: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Start Time:  8:00 AM

  • Finish line and parking at Punakha Dzong
  • The Half Marathon course is the second half of the marathon course.
  • National Registration Fee: 800 Nu
  • International Registration Fee: $110 US
  • Runners must report at the Damchen Parking Lot: 6:00am
  • Race starts at 8:00 AM
  • BIM Rules and Regulations 2016

Participants Receive

  • Pre-race briefing in Punakha
  • Festive race start with officials from the Gasa Dzongkhag
  • Transportation from the finish line at the Dzong to the start of the race
  • Transport of any personal items from the start line to the finish line
  • Technical running shirt with BIM logo
  • Special gift for all finishers
  • Special awards given to top competitors
  • Awards Celebration with Traditional Entertainment
  • Aid stations, medical support
  • There will be a raffle prize drawing at the Awards Ceremony with a chance for ALL participants to win prizes!

Event Schedule

Friday, March 2, 2018 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

  • Packet Pick Up and race check-in inside Damchen Resort in Khuruthang. PLEASE BRING A PICTURE ID TO CHECK IN. 
  • You will receive your race number at this time which will need to be pinned to the front of your running shirt.
  • If you have not yet paid your registration fee, you can do so at the Packet Pick Up.
  • Mandatory Pre-race Briefing will be right after Packet Pick Up at 2:00 PM  inside Damchen Resort in Khuruthang.

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 AM

Full Marathon runners must report to the Damchen Resort Parking Lot and be on the bus by 5:30 AM on race morning in order to catch the bus to the start line of your event.

Half Marathon runners must report to the Damchen Resort Parking Lot and be on the bus by 6:00 AM on race morning in order to catch the bus to the start line of your event.

  • 8:00 AM. Half Marathon Race Start
  • 8:00 AM. Marathon Race Start
  • 1:30 PM. All runners must reach the Pho Chhu suspension bridge.
  • 3:00 PM. Race cutoff time.
  • 5:00 PM. Awards Celebration in Punakha. Our awards ceremony and celebration dinner will be the evening of the race, March 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM in the Punakha Dzong area. The specific location will be announced at the pre-race briefing.

Awards & Prizes

Full Marathon Cash Purse

  • 1st Male & Female Nu.40,000 (Each) *with round trip ticket to BKK sponsored by Bhutan Airlines
  • 2nd Male & Female Nu. 30,000 (Each)
  • 3rd Male & Female Nu.20,000 (Each)
  • 4th Male & Female Nu.10,000 (Each)
  • 5th Male & Female Nu. 5000 (Each)

Half Marathon Cash Purse

  • 1st Male & Female Nu.20,000 (Each)*with Gift Voucher Sponsored by Uma Resorts
  • 2nd Male & Female Nu.15,000 (Each)
  • 3rd Male & Female Nu.10,000 (Each)
  • 4th Male & Female Nu.5000 (Each)
  • 5th Male & Female Nu.3000 (Each)

Special Awards

  • Top 5 Open Men
  • Top 5 Open Women
  • Special awards given for first Bhutanese woman in both the marathon and half marathon
  • Top 3 Masters Men (masters is designated as 50+ for this event)
  • Top 3 Masters Women (masters is designated as 50+ for this event)
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Bhutan International Marathon T-shirt for all Participants
  • Raffle prize drawing at the Awards Ceremony for all participants

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