The Bagan Temple Marathon starts and finishes at the Htilominlo Temple, built in 1211 and known for it's fine plaster carvings. The first part of the route is the same for all three distances, and the route converges again at the approximately 13km for half-marathoners and 35km for the marathon runners. It will be held on Saturday 27th November 2021.
The Beginning. The first 8km are shared by all runners. The first 5km are run on dirt roads through the plains of Bagan towards Old Bagan. Runners will be treated to magnificent views of thousand-year-old temples and pagodas. After a short 1km stretch on asphalt through Old Bagan, runners are back on dirt roads for a while. 10km runners continue through Old Bagan until the 8km mark, at which point they turn back to Htilominlo Temple and the finish line. As the marathon and half-marathon runners reach the 11km mark and its water station, they'll pass the Dhammayazika Pagoda. At this point, the full- and half-marathon runners separate: marathon runners will turn right whereas the half-marathon participants go left.
Half-Marathon runners. They will continue 1km on an asphalt road until they take another left onto dirt tracks which lead into the small village of West Pwazaw. After passing the village, roughly 2km later, the route converges again with the full marathon course.
Marathon runners. They will turn right after the Dhammayazika Pagoda at the 11km mark. They carry on towards New Bagan, but instead of entering New Bagan, runners continue onto a sandy path and enter what feels like a different realm. They will see ox carts laden with grain plodding on the sandy track, wave to farmers tending their rice and peanut fields, and be prepared to high-five gaggles of children decked out in their festive clothing waiting to say hello. It feels like time has been standing still in this remote corner of the world. At 22km, runners enter the beautiful Nyaungdo village. The surface is now back to being a dirt road and the course continues onto a dam with a view to the right of a stunning mountain-top pagoda, Tuyin Taung Pagoda. Palm-fringed fields lie below to the left and the spires of Bagan's temples shimmering in the distance. From 26-30km, runners continue on an asphalt road which is not closed off to traffic, so remember to keep to the left. The route then continues onto a dirt road and through the fields until another village is reached. The course takes you through East Pwazaw village where the residents are likely to be outside their homes cheering you on! This small village, with its palm-leaf roots and warm residents, will undoubtedly give you a boost of energy to carry on.
The marathon and half-marathon routes meet. A dirt trail connects the marathon route to West Pwazaw village, where the marathon course meets the half-marathon course. After West Pwazaw village, the course continues through the plains of Bagan and runners are again rewarded with views of the historic temples. After this point, the surface becomes asphalt for about 1km before reverting back to dirt tracks again. The final stretch is a mix of dirt and asphalt surfaces before the long-awaited finish line is in sight back at Htilominlo Temple.
Arrive at Nyaung U Airport near Bagan and make your way to the hotel for check-in.
Transportation from the airport is not provided, but taxis are plenty-full, and the distance is not long. At the hotel your local guide will assist with the check-in and give information about the coming days. We have the afternoon free to become acquainted with the magnificent landscape of Bagan at our own pace.
In the late afternoon we will meet for a sunset excursion to one of the temples and enjoy a magical moment revealing in the stunning beauty of the area as the sun casts its dusky glow over the gilded plains.
Back at the hotel the rest of afternoon is free to relax and prepare for tomorrow's race. In the evening we carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel or a nearby restaurant.
Today is the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel, we hop on a coach to Htilominlo Temple where the marathon, half-marathon and 10km start and end.
Running amid the pagoda-studded landscape, we'll experience Bagan in all its former glory. After the race, we'll enjoy some snacks on the steps of the iconic Htilominlo Temple.
Buses will take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel.
Today is free to relax, enjoy and explore at your own pace. Whether you want to relax at the hotel with a cold drink or rent a bike and explore more of Bagan is up to you. If your legs can carry you why not pay a visit to Ananda Temple, w whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. With its four standing Buddhas and adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals, this temple is one of Bagan's most significant. Close by is also the Thatbinnyu Temple dating from 1144, also known as the temple of omniscience. Or why not pay a visit to one of the local villages or follow the running course to the majestic Dhammayangyi Temple for a closer look.
The evening is dedicated to celebrating our achievements of yesterday. A festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead up to an unforgettable evening.
After breakfast, make your way to the airport. Transportation to the airport is not included.
Prices of tour packages are listed in Sin$
Below are a list of items that are included and excluded in the tour package:
Runner @ $ 1,780
Non-runner/Companion @ $ 1,380
Runner @ $ 2,260
Thank you very much for choosing to travel with us to the Bagan Temple Marathon.
Registration is via a hard copy form.
Drop us a line at the link below, and make a request for the registration form, and more information on optional tours in Bagan.