Kashmir News Trust #KNT
The ninth edition of the 72-kilometer-long Himalayan Khardungla Marathon, also celebrated as Himalayan Day, the world’s highest Ultra Marathon came to a close on Friday.
The finish point of the Marathon was the Leh Main Market while it kicked off from Khardung village. The Marathon was jointly organized by Himalayan, the premium mineral water brand from Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) and Ladakh Marathon to support the cause of protecting local communities affected by melting Himalayan glaciers.
The Marathon was run on the route from Khardung village and back to Leh City with nearly 200 participants. Deemed one of the most challenging marathons globally, The Khardung la Marathon also happens to be one of the world’s highest races starting at 17,618 feet.
Nawaz Hussain emerged as the winner of the challenge by touching the finish line in 6 hours 47 minutes and 20 seconds followed by Jigmet Stobdan who touched the finish line in 6 hours 56 minutes and 35 seconds while the second runner up Tsewang Kundan reached the finish line seconds apart at 6 hours 56 minutes and 39 seconds. The three winners were felicitated by Tashi Gyalson, Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh and the Ladakh Marathon team at the Leh Main city.
Commenting on the success, Vikram Grover, MD, NourishCo Beverages Ltd, the liquid beverage arm of TCPL states, “We are delighted with the success of the Himalayan Khardungla Challenge 2022 and are honored to be affiliated with a cause that supports our source, the Himalayas.”
Speaking on the success of the Himalayan Ladakh Marathon, Chewang Motup Goba, Founder & Race Director, Ladakh Marathon said, “The Khardungla Marathon has seen tremendous success this year, thanks to the collective support of brand Himalayan, police, volunteers, military forces, and healthcare professionals.” (KNT)