Welcome To Shangri-La Marathon

Welcome to Shangri-La Marathon. The premier ultramarathon event that celebrates the fable lands of Shangri-La and the majestic Meili Snow Mountains, or Kawagarbo Mountains as it is known by local residents and pilgrims, part of the grand Himalayan Mountain range. Created with the help of the same organizers from Yunnan • Qiubei Marathon and the Great Wall of China Marathon.

As runners and volunteers who love the great outdoors, our goal is to help develop a series of incredible adventure destination marathons. The first race is the inaugural Yunnan • Qiubei Marathon taking place in the enchanting Puzhehei lands of the Yunnan province in China. Shangri-La Marathon is the next event and will be the first to feature long distance ultramarathons.

There is something truly magical about these mountains and lands. When in their presence you can’t help but be in awe of the pristine beauty and scale. This race is about creating a one of a kind experience for adventure runners that can only be witnessed by running the trails around the mountains.

We hope you appreciate and enjoy the beauty our planet has to offer, there is nothing quite like being in the moment as your running through natures incredible beauty. We want you to experience it first hand through the Shangri-La Marathon.

Register now to secure your spot and get ready for an incredible journey. We look forward to seeing you at the race!

Race Day is April 25, 2015 - Register Today!


Our mission is to create a great destination marathon event that provides runners with the opportunity to experience exotic and enchanting locations while running a race. Experience locations, sights and sounds that would not normally be seen by your average traveler. Making for a magical experience that will generate incredible lifetime memories.

We are a small global sports adventure organization that is all about the location, the race, and the runners. Our goal is to make this race experience as seamless as possible so runners can focus on what they do best, run. Seeing the smile on runners face as they cross the finish line, that is our mission.


Take some time to explore the Shangri-La Marathon website to learn more about this amazing destination race. We’ve prepared detailed Race Information, Frequently Asked Questions, Schedules, Checklists, and more to give you the full spectrum. Then discover a little more about why this race is extra special in 2015.

Here’s a few photos to give you a sneak preview of the unspoiled beauty that you’ll experience while running this race.

Early Bird Entry Only $295.00 Until September 1st!


The Shangri-La Marathon is not for weak. It is an ultramarathon, with a challenging all trail course that can only be traversed on foot. A course that will have runners treading over dirt, rocks, boulders, tree roots, narrow bridges, dangerous steep cliffs, with trails taking runners along rushing rivers with waterfalls, through lush green rain forests that open up to small meadows surrounded with local wild flowers and peaks that provide breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains.

Runners will navigate multiple climbs and descents with elevations ranging up to 3,774 meters (12,380 feet) on the lower mountain peaks to around 2,025 meters (6,645 feet) in valleys of the Meili Snow Mountains. All while breathing some of the cleanest air in the world. Literally a breathtaking race event that must be experienced by adventure runners and enthusiasts.

We want everyone to experience this race, but you’ve gotta be ready for it, this race will push your limits, so start training today and condition yourself both physically and mentally. Then get ready for the run of your life.

Register now to secure your spot and get ready for an incredible journey. Then tell your friends and family, book your travels to Shangri-La, start training and we will see you at the race in April!

Happy Running!

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Shangri-La Marathon - The Lost Horizon

Saturday May 21th, 2016

Get ready for a great adventure, a challenging race, a rewarding journey in a magical land, register for the Shangri-La Marathon today and discover The Lost Horizon. Available races:

  • 100K Ultramarathon
  • 50K Ultramarathon
  • 42K Full Marathon
  • 21K Half Marathon

Limited Race Entry!


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