January 1st-31st, 2021
THE CHOSEN ONE
- home to many endangered & threatened species -
About Golden Peak Half marathon
Golden Peak Half Marathon is a 21.1k road run through the hills of Ponmudi, a hill station, part
of Western Ghats mountain ranges that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea and it is located at 55.2km north-east of Trivandrum City and very importantly home to over 500 plant and animal species.
We are offering two categories this year, Virtual Half marathon and Virtual 10K Run; which is scheduled to be during the period January 1st to January 31st ,2021. For this time considering the prevailing pandemic conditions ours competition will be virtual. Our volunteer driven and non-profit event is organized and hosted by ITEN runners club Trivandrum, Kerala. Golden Peak Half Marathon is the only Half marathon in South India with an elevation gain of 1000m, meandering through the thick tropical forest with its unique flora and fauna. It has a beautiful start that sets the plot and a thrilling sequences in the middle as you progress through the 22 stunning hair pin bends and the breath taking climax when you reach the peak at the Upper Sanatorium.
Conserving your energy as you climb over 100m in the initial 5 kms to reach Kallar which is the
gateway to the Golden Peak. The first slow movements of your composition is like sizing up for a strong partner. As you cross Kallar, the base checkpoint, the course becomes toughest with steady gradient. Be alert to the altitude change, as you can raise your strides & cadence without running out of steam. The course runs through forests, rapids near the road, scenic view of mystic mountains and many more. As you crosses upper check post the 19 km mark, get ready for the finale. The final 2.1 kms takes you through breath taking scenery and you will start getting the glimpses of the Golden Peak shining bright in the sun as the name resembles. As you cross the finish line you will be greeted with, the sights and the smells; the breeze and the rapids; the volunteers and cheering squads; It will be an experience that stays with you forever.
Come challenge yourself and experience the Heaven on earth.
ITEN is an amateur running club based out of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India with the mission to "Rejoice running". Our motto is to "Catch them old" to match the vision to handhold people towards reliving their childhood days when running was associated with fun and exhilaration.
The name itself is derived from Iten ("Home of Champions"), which is a town in Elgeyo-Marakwet County in the Republic of Kenya. An otherwise uneventful place in the beautiful African continent, Iten is unique in the fact that it has produced world-class long distance runners over several decades by now. For the people of Iten, running is a lifestyle, passion and destiny.
ITEN running club embodies the spirit of the champions from Iten to promote long-distance running as a lifestyle choice. Among ITEN members, you will find road racers passionate about 5k/10k/Half-Marathon/Marathon events, trail runners zeroing in on ultra running trails across the world and IRON MEN champs. Even though ITEN promotes running primarily, it also supports Cycling and Swimming activities as cross training options. Members of the ITEN community passionately connect from across the globe while spreading the word on the amazing lifestyle benefits of running regularly. Once an ITEN, always an ITEN!
Despite suddenly finding yourself investing in costly running watches and other accessories which are unlikely to impress your spouse, as a member of this community you get few benefits. It includes the sudden aversion towards the tendency to smoke, skipping that "one for the road" drink, craving for more sleep (say goodbye to insomnia), becoming the statistician who you never imagined you to be, increased awareness of environment, a lean mean physique and networking with an equally (if not more) crazy lot of people from all walks of life, across the world.