Cusco to Host "The Chaski Challenge," Peru's Most Important Mountain Race

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Posted: August 19, 2016
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Lima, August 12

On August 20 Cusco will host "The Chaski Challenge" Andes Race for the second consecutive year, event regarded as the most important mountain competition and the one with highest projection in Peru. The sports event will be held in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas.

Competition pays tribute to our old ultra-runners, the Chaskis, who traveled long distances throughout the Empire including current countries: Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, carrying food or messages for the Inka through the Inka Roads Network.

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The event will feature following distances: 80K, 80 K Relay (2) and 30K. It will take place at altitudes of over 3000 masl, with 3 passes at 4700, 4400 and 4500 masl. The 80K race departs from Huaran, whereas the 30K race departs from Huacahuasi, and they both finish in Ollantaytambo.

"The Chaski Challenge" Andes Race participants will include our country's main trail runners, such as Emerson Trujillo, Stalin Carrasco, Manuelito Figueroa, among others, as well as Nicolas Miranda from abroad, who just broke the record climbing the Huascaran up and down in 11 hours.

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With 66 foreign runners from 21 countries, the race with the highest number of foreigners in Peru, competition has already exceeded the first edition's number of participants (92) in 2015, and this year registration closed with a total of 250 runners.

“The Chaski Challenge” Andes Race is the first mountain race to earn the Marca Peru (Peru Brand) status and endorsed by the Peruvian Athletics Federation, affiliated to the ITRA (International Trail Running Association), once again promising a great competition in Peru.

Source: Agencia Andina.