Over 2,300 participate in first-ever high-altitude Tawang Marathon
PTI, Oct 1, 2023, 11:45 AM IST
Tawang Marathon (Source: X / @KirenRijiju)
It was a busy morning on the streets of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday as over 2,300 people of different ages and from various regions brought the town alive by joining the first edition of a marathon here.
Dignitaries joined the participants in the Tawang Marathon with Chief Minister Pema Khandu himself completing the 5-km circuit.
The event, held at more than 10,000 ft above mean sea level, is the first-ever high-altitude marathon in the northeastern region.
It was jointly organised by the Indian Army and the Arunachal Pradesh government in consultation with and support from CYRUNS Sport LLP, a professional sports event management firm.
#WATCH | Arunachal Pradesh: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu flag off the first Tawang Marathon from High Altitude Stadium, Tawang pic.twitter.com/SoOgmJVp1G
— ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2023
Organisers said 2,463 people, including 543 females, had registered for the event, with 2,343 participants, of which 511 were females, running the marathon.
Thick fog and low temperature did not deter the enthusiasm of the participants as well as the local people, who showed up in large numbers to cheer for them.
Among the participants, 858 were from the armed forces with the Indian Army fielding the largest squad of 803 personnel, the organisers said.
There were 452 participants from outside the state, they said.
Tawang Marathon is one of the most exciting marathons organized at the altitude of over 10,000 feet!
Indian Army with Govt of Arunachal Pradesh under the guidance of CM @PemaKhanduBJP Ji made #TawangMarathon very exciting! I am delighted to see so many top runners from all over! pic.twitter.com/TjRIadpey9
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 1, 2023
Besides Khandu, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Pradesh Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mama Nathung and top officials of the army were present at the Tawang Stadium, which served as both the start and finish lines.
The event comprised the ‘Prestigious’ full Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.0975 km) and 10 or 5 km races.
The Marathon was formally announced by CM Khandu in June this year and he had registered himself as the first participant.
#WATCH | Arunachal Pradesh: On the Tawang marathon, India’s first high-altitude marathon, Lieutenant General Manish Erry, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Gajraj Corps says, “This marathon which we have organised jointly with the state govt, had a motive, to bring northeast… pic.twitter.com/BrGneR597Z
— ANI (@ANI) October 1, 2023
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