Location: Goba Guest House, Leh
All the runners are here in Leh. Barring couple of volunteers and the medical crew everyone is now checked in. Spillover from Goba is staying at the Leh Chen 500 yards away.
Spent the morning lazing around Goba. One runner has discomfort in his ear so took him to the Leh Hospital to see an ENT. This is a Government Hospital and it was crowded. We registered him by completing a form for a princely sum of ₹ 5! They gave us token 32 around 10:30 am and he got to see the only ENT specialist around 1:30 pm. But the good thing is that these doctors look so experienced and they appear to have seen every kind of medical situation.
Lunch at the G Garden was Lebanese. Pretty good.
We had the first Official Meeting at 4 pm. Dr. Rajat Chauhan, the Race Director welcomed everybody and we all introduced ourselves. Runners are from 9 different countries (I need to double check). They have incredible profiles and look lean and lithe! Completely in awe.
The meeting lasted about 2.5 hours. Race Kits were handed out and we all signed the waiver forms 😐
They have much better Course Maps this year and a booklet explaining all the do’s and don’t’s. Big improvement.
I have been assigned to crew for Chris Yeo from Singapore. I spent a half hour on the side chatting up with him. Looks wiry tough and very cheerful.
Some of us who were here last year spent some extra time catching up. Group pictures were taken in the Official Shirt of 2015 La Ultra.
Turned in at 9 pm because I want to get back into routine if I can. Ankit, one of the official photographers has been paired as my roomie. He was here last year and at the Garhwal Runs in Dehradun. Shared some laughs and memories with him.
Planning our first acclimatisation walk/run in the morning tomorrow.
Note: Internet access is very patchy and I’m struggling to upload pictures. This report is from yesterday and I’m hoping to get it uploaded now. Seek your patience. My personal Airtel phone is also not getting connected to Internet so I have very little options.