Why Munnar

Marathons are held all over the world and are attended by millions of people. Then, why participate in Munnar Marathon?

The idyllic town of Munnar nestled in the mighty Western Ghats, has been a favourite holiday destination for world travellers for decades. The effects of Munnar’s colonial past are still visible till this day in this picturesque little town in Kerala, made evident by the hectares of lush green tea that covers entire hillsides, the century-old hanging bridge over the Mudirapuzhayar river, the gothic-styled CSI church built in 1910 by the British tea planters and the Second World War memorial.

Located within the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, Munnar is situated in the midst of many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and, is in fact a corridor for wildlife movement. This network of protected areas is known for several threatened and endemic species of wildlife species including Nilgiri marten, Nilgiri tahr, grizzled giant squirrel, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, elephant, gaur, Nilgiri langur, sambar deer, and the preternatural Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years.

What is a carbon neutral marathon?

Ignoring the paradigm shift of climate is a luxury that none of us can afford and as the most prolific species in this planet, we have to seek new alternatives to existing practices. Conducting a marathon falls within the same bracket. We will pursue sustainable alternatives wherever possible; for e.g. mementos, certificates, runners’ kit, etc. from recycled materials. We will draft and implement waste and water management plans. For the unavoidable carbon expenses such as travel, powering the marathon office, stationery used, etc. we will pursue carbon offset schemes. This edition of Munnar Marathon is about being a responsible runner. Carbon expenditure of Munnar Marathon 2020 will be monitored by Biodiversity Research & Conservation Society (BRCS), Munnar.


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