The ultimate endurance test is here! Arunachal Pradesh is ready to host a high-altitude marathon, the first of its kind in India to be held at 10,000 ft above sea level in Tawang.
The marathon is being jointly organised by the Indian Army and the Arunachal Pradesh government and will take place on October 1, 2023. The aim is to create a marathon map to boost tourism in the state, and a huge number of marathon enthusiasts from across the country are expected to participate.
All we know about the historic high-altitude marathon in India
It’s no-run-of-the mill event. It’s a run to push your boundaries and embrace the thrill of a lifetime.
Mark your calendar:
Date: October 1, 2023
Location: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Register at: https://t.co/MEXLlB4dtB
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Talking about the mega event, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “It’s a no-run-of-the-mill event. It’s a run to push your boundaries and embrace the thrill of a lifetime.” He had formally announced the marathon in June this year, adding that he had registered himself as the first participant already and aimed to make Arunachal Pradesh a ‘sports powerhouse.’
The high-altitude marathon in India comprises different races: 5 km, 10 km, half-marathon (21.097 km) and marathon (42.195 km), and is open to runners across all age groups from India and abroad. The races will not only test the stamina and strength of participants but also bring them closer to the pristine valleys and raw ruggedness of Tawang. The Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and all major Central Armed Police Forces such as ITBP and SSB will be fielding strong teams for the event, state reports.
Applicants can find out more about the races and register themselves here.
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