An invitation to the country’s first snow marathon for city runners Punjab News Pipa News

An invitation to the country’s first snow marathon for city runners Punjab News

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Ludhiana – After the grand success of the first edition of ‘Snow Marathon Lahaul’, its second edition is being organized on 12 March 2023 at Atal Surang North Portal, District Lahaul and Sisu near Spiti. Organized in collaboration with district Lahaul and Spiti administration and REACH India, the event will have 42 km full marathon, 21 km half marathon, 10 km and 5 km marathon for men and women. This event is recognized by Fit India Movement, Government of India.

Organizer Gaurav Shimar said that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh will participate in the Sukhu Marathon and encourage the runners. India is among the ten snow marathons in the world where this adventure sport is held. Actually this event takes place in arctic circle, north polar places like Siberia, Antarctica etc. Last year on March 26, 2022, for the first time in the country, Lahaul and Spiti of Himachal Pradesh had the honor of holding the highest snow marathon of about 10 thousand feet, which is being organized this year as well.

A team of doctors and paramedics from Fortis based in Mohali will provide medical protection to all the runners with two state-of-the-art life support ambulances the day before and during the event to avoid any injury or untoward incident.

According to Rajesh Chand, executive head of the event, the Snow Marathon also receives significant support from organizations like the Seesu Skiing and Snowboarding Society, who work tirelessly to ensure its success.

According to Col. Arun Natarajan, chief consultant of the Snow Marathon, who is also an airman in the Indian Army, the Snow Marathon represents the next level of running in India after marathons, ultraruns, ironman events.

Rajeev Kumar, CEO of REACH India, the organizer of the marathon, said that this year the event is focused on animal welfare, with benefits going to Manali Streets, a charity working to save stray animals in Manali.

According to Sumit Khimta, Deputy Commissioner of Lahaul and Spiti, the district administration is confident that the event can take an international form in the near future. Col. Jodh Singh Dhillon, former president of the Winter Games Federation of India and a two-time recipient of the Seva Medal, is overseeing the event.

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