2018 Silk Road Ultramarathon Announces Winners

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 13:39

Winners of the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert, famed for being one of hottest places on earth, have been announced.

Iranian athletes Akbar Naqdi, Hossein-Ali Shikh-Langi and Italian runner Alberto Tagliabue were ranked first to third respectively, in the section “Integral 250 km”, according to http://worldrunningacademy.com.

Samuele Perez from Italy and Isobel Grace Tanaka and Kate Macintosh both from New Zealand slipped from first to third in the section “Lite 150 km”.

According to the organizers, the “Integral 250 km” comprised stages of 35/45 km per day with a long section of 70 km, and the “Lite 150 km” was composed of 6 stages of 20/30 km per day with a long section of 40 km.

Some 20 runners from Italy, Germany, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and Iran competed in the ultramarathon that started from Mahan Air’s campsite in Malekabad village of Shahdad District in Kerman province and passed through Shafiabad castle, valley of Dolphins, Gandom Beryan, Rudshour, Howz-e Nader caravanserai and came to an end in Zavar village.

The race took place in total safety considerations, with medical and nursing staff present at checkpoints about every 10 kilometers path and tented camps.

“Undoubtedly, holding such events makes the region more popular,” Mehr quoted Kerman province’s tourism chief Gholamreza Farrokhi as saying on September 23.

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