Sunday 6 January 2019

Ajay Singh Sethi

Founder IRC & Race Director Chambal Challenge

“I don’t know where you are but if you are a runner I know we are destined to meet, no matter the distance between us. For when I look in your direction I see a reflection of my soul staring back at me.”

Inshape Runner's Club
"They called us insane for traversing the road less travelled. We called ourselves Insanely Inspired. It's apparent we listened to the whispers of our heritage and karmic destiny."​

IRC was established in 1996 to promote running culture which today has become a movement with 1000's of people running and 100's participating and completing in national and international marathons and ultra marathons. IRC probably is the oldest not for profit running club that runs free of cost training programs for distance running. IRC host various running events throughout the year.

Our events are well conceptualized, professionally organised and have social significance. Our events capture and trigger participants imagination and create a experience that lingers on long after the event is over.

Chambal Challange: Is it for me?
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” Christopher McDougall

Discover the "Raramuri" within you.

The Tarahumara (a tribe that lives in north western Mexico) called themselves 'Raramuri', means "runners on foot" or "the light footed one". With widely dispersed settlements, these people developed a tradition of long-distance running up to 200 miles (320 km) in one session, over a period of two days through their homeland of rough canyon country, for inter-village communication, transportation, and hunting.

There are Raramuris who can still run 400+ km in a single session. Chambal Challenge gives an individual a chance to explore and get in touch with a Raramuri that exists within each one of us.

Why Chambal Challange?

“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.”

If a regular half marathon or a marathon is about going the distance than Chambal Challenge is about ‘Going Beyond’. There is something transcendental, something spiritual about going the distance and going beyond using only your body as an instrument. Chambal Challenge appeals to this going beyond and exploring what’s hidden within you.

Logo Represents Actual Course Elevation.

Each Ultra Marathon claims to be the toughest. And each is, in its own way. Chambal Challenge is different and probably the only Ultra Marathon in the country where challenge is not just the distance but the rugged terrain and distinct topography. This Ultra combines road run, uphill, downhill and trail running into one long run where every few kilometers changes in the terrain and the landscape requires the best from a runner in terms of strategy as well as skill.

Chambal Challenge is an Ultra Marathon that gives you an opportunity to ‘GO BEYOND’.  You can choose between a 63K, 50K or a 33K as an individual or participate as a 5 member Corporate Team into the ’50K Corporate Challenge’. A first of it’s kind in India that allows each employee to run a 10K in a relay format.

Raramuri Speak

Chambal Challenge ’18 prepared me up to one of the most difficult races of my career – La Ultra 111.
Gagan Deep Meena
Looking forward to the good vibes at CC’19.
Having run the Comrades Marathon this year, I can assert with confidence that Chambal Challenge is as close as it can get to having an international racing experience on home ground.
Nitin Saini
Chambal Challenge is one running event I am so looking forward to. Running with my closest buddies, the community and camaraderie. It’s not a race. It’s a festival!
Nidhi Kasaliwal
This course helped me push my personal limits and get to the next level. Absorbing in the beauty of Chambal’s astounding wilderness and the support of an expert crew made Chambal Challenge one of the most memorable running experiences I have ever had.
MS Chauhan
One of the neatest race executions I have witnessed. From registrations, to the awards gala, Chambal 2018 was a treat, with perfection perfected and keen attention to detail. Looking forward to an epic race in 2019!
Narendra Awasthi
The route was scenic and beautiful. Constantly changing landscape and the beauty of the course kept me going and challenge got the best out of me. While Chambal Challenge 2018 was a life time experience I am looking forward to better my performance in 2019.
Deepa Yadav

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