162 athletes participate in 72 km Khardngla Challenge marathon

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/9/2018 12:24:16 AM

LEH, Sep 8: Covering a distance of 72 km long run from Khardogla village to Leh town in record time, Shabir Hussain of Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) clinched the world’s highest Khardongla Challenge 7th edition of Ladakh Marathon on Friday.
As many as 162 runners from different parts of the country and beyond participated in the marathon. The event was organized by a local Tour Operator Rimo Expeditions in collaboration with state Tourism Department, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) and Bisleri (manufacturers of mineral water) which is recognised by Association of International Marathon and Distant Races.
“He (Shabir) covered the distance in 06:50:38 hrs followed by Tsering Narbu also from LSRC who covered the same distance in 06: 51: 15 hrs. Karma Zopa stood third with a timing of 07:06: 42 hrs,” said Tsering Angchuk, an eyewitness.
The marathon was earlier flagged off by Deputy Superintendent of Police (HQ), Suraj Singh, from the Khardong village in the wee hours on Friday.
The recent snowfall on the upper reaches of Khardong pass caused some difficulty to the runners but still they covered the entire distance in good timing without any problem.
While thanking his co organizers, Tsewang Matop, managing director of Rimo Expedition, was overwhelmed by the success of the marathon. He said that it was started with an aim to provide an opportunity to the youth of Ladakh who are gifted with a strong stamina by Almighty God.
He also referred to earlier marathon runners of the region including Jigmit Dolma who stood third in Mumbai marathon.



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