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Event: Gobi Challenge
Date: 16 - 20 April 2014
Venue: Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China
Organizer: Xtraventure Training and Events Limited (XTE)                                 For Dunhuang tours, click here   
 
Event Details
1. Overview
1.1 Location
The Gobi is a large desert region in Asia. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia. The race is based at the city of Dunhuang (敦煌). It was an important border post on the Silk Road and for the administration of the Chinese colonies in the Western Territories. The Dunhuang region was the site of very important Buddhist monastic complexes, the most famous of which was at the Mogao Grottoes, where today one can see a treasure trove of Buddhist art covering a span of more than a millennium.
 
1.2 The Race
The Gobi Challenge is a 3-day foot race, free style (walking or running), and with food self-sufficiency over a distance of about 100 km (62 miles). Each participant must carry his/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other equipment.
 
2. Category
  • Youth (Under 21)
  • Open (21 or Above)
  • Senior (Over 35)
  • Master (Over 45)
  (calculation of age based on 16 April 2014)
  There are Men’s and Women’s sub-categories in each main category.
 
3. Itinerary
  • 16 April: Arrive in Dunhuang.  Transfer to The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel.
                 Gear check and final race briefing.  Stay overnight at the Hotel.
  • 17 April: Transfer to the Start Point (about 2 hours)
                 Race Stage 1, with food self-sufficiency
  • 18 April: Race Stage 2, with food self-sufficiency
  • 19 April: Race Stage 3, with food self-sufficiency
                 Back to The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel, prize presentation ceremony
  • 20 April: Transfer to the airport / return flight
Start Time and Distance for each Stage:
Stage
Date
Distance
Start Time
Time Limit
1
17 April
35km
10:00
10 hrs
2
18 April
45km
08:00
13 hrs
3
19 April
20km
08:00
8 hrs
 
   
4. Race Accommodation
    i. Hotel on 16 April
       Location: The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
        Address: Dunyuet Road, Dunhuang City 736200 Gansu, China
        Tel.: (86-937) 8882088
        Click here for more information about The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
 
    ii. Camping on 17 & 18 April during the Race
        Location: Race Campsites in Gobi Desert
        Tents will be provided by organizer. 6-8 persons per tent.
 
   iii. Hotel on 19 April
        Location: The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
       Click here for more information about The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
 
5. Registration Fee
Registration Fee: HK$4,500; or RMB3,700; or US$580 per person
Registration Deposit is HK$1,000 or RMB900 or US$100 and should be paid with registration form.
The balance is due 30 days before the race.
 
    Registration fee includes:
  • Transfers on arrival / departure from Dunhuang City;
  • Breakfast on 17 and 20 April morning;
  • Hotel accommodation at The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel on 16 and 19 April (twin-sharing room);
  • Prize presentation banquet on 19 April night;
  • Water for the duration of the race and hot water at camps;
  • Technical support;
  • Medical assistance;
  • Ground support;
  • Gobi Challenge souvenir T-shirt;
  • Finisher Medal.
 
    Registration fee does not include:
  • Return flight tickets to Dunhuang;
  • Cost of the visas (if necessary);
  • Customs taxes or other taxes if any;
  • Accommodation if you wish to arrive before the race or stay longer after the race and other personal costs;
  • Race food;
  • Personal racing equipment.
 
6. Travel to Dunhuang
Departing from Hong Kong (reference schedule):
15 April: HKG – Shanghai (Pudong) MU506 (20:25 – 22:30)
16 April: Shanghai (Pudong) – Dunhuang MU2215 (07:50 – 13:50)
20 April: Dunhuang – Shanghai (Pudong) MU2216 (14:40 – 21:00)
21 April: Shanghai (Pudong) – HKG Any MU flight
Price: Lower Class Fare - HKD1,640 + Tax about HKD1,200 per person
 
Note: All participants must arrive at The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel before 5:00 pm on 16 April.
 
7. Meeting Instruction
Location: The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Address: Dunyuet Road, Dunhuang City 736200 Gansu, China
Tel.: (86-937) 8882088
Meeting Time: 5:00 pm on 16 April 2014
Click here for more information about the Hotel
 
Transport to the Meeting Location:
The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel is 3 km from the city and 15 km from the airport.
Bus No. 3 goes from the city to the Hotel.
Taxi from city is about RMB10 and from airport is about RMB40.
 
8. Enquiry
Event Tour Agent:
Silk Road Travel Management Ltd (Licence no.: 352017)
Tel.: (+852) 2736 8828
Fax: (+852) 2736 8000
Email: wingchan@the-silk-road.com
Address: 16/F Chinachem Century Tower, 178 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
 
For local tours in Dunhuang, please contact Silk Road Travel Management Ltd . 


* Event details are provided by Xtraventure Training and Events Limited (XTE)
** Race equipment list will be advised by the organizer upon successful enrollment

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