Ladakh celebrates historic Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon Guinness World Record
Leh: The Union Territory of Ladakh Tuesday celebrated the historic record as first Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon was registered in Guinness World Record on February 20.
During the event, an Ice-Hockey exhibition match was played between the Lalok and Chushul team.
In Pangong Tso colourful cultural performances by the villagers and the childrens from the nearby villages were witnessed.
Various stalls highlighting the region’s specialty in terms of cuisine, handloom and handicraft products were also displayed during the celebrations.
The exotic Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon was officially registered in the Guinness Book of World Record as the World’s Highest Frozen Lake Half Marathon, setting a new achievement for UT Ladakh.
Councillor Skurbuchan, Lhundup Dorjey; Councillor Upper Leh Stanzin Tsepag; Nominated Councillor, Konchok Tsephel; Chairperson BDC Durbuk; Senior Army, BRO, ITBP officers/officials along with sub-divisional level officers/officials of various departments and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
India’s first and the World’s Highest Frozen Lake Half Marathon at Frozen Pangong Lake, which witnessed the participation of around 75 runners from across the world was organized by LAHDC Leh in collaboration with Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh (ASFL).
The 21.9 km half marathon commenced from Lukung village and concluded at Maan village.
Elated over Ladakh scripting a historic moment by setting a Guinness World Record, chief guest CEC LAHDC Leh, Adv Tashi Gyalson, lauded the collective effort of the entire organising team, including ASFL, UT and District Administration with its various departments like UTDRF, Health, PHE, PWD and Forest.
He also expressed gratitude for the support from the Army, ITBP, BRO, LMGA along with the PRI members, youth associations and villagers from the surrounding villages of Pangong, such as Phobrang, Lukung, Spangmik, Maan, Merak, and entire Durbuk sub-division in making the event a grand success.
He added that the Hill Council and ASFL share similar goals concerning the environment and the Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon showcases a sustainable and responsible marathon, promoting winter tourism in the already world-famous tourist destination, boosting the local homestays along with zero-waste concept with the objective to provide round-the-year stable livelihood in the rural border villages.
He assured that the Hill Council will promote the Pangong Marathon responsibly within the carrying capacity of the surroundings, making it one of the most attractive and sought-out international events and also assured to support all endeavours to promote rural tourism by strengthening homestays and enhancing livelihood opportunities.
Addressing the gathering, Executive Councillor, RDD, Tashi Namgyal shared that the Hill Council had always deliberated on extending the potential of the tourism sector by promoting it as a year long tourist destination.
He added that the initiation of Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is an attempt to promote the scope of tourism in the eastern border villages of Ladakh beyond the limited summer season of tourism.
DC Leh, Shrikant Suse added that the Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon, organised as a part of the Vibrant Village Programme of GoI, aims to promote sustainable winter tourism in the border villages to accelerate the pace of development.
He added that the Pangong Marathon was also initiated to share the ecologically sensitive concerns of Ladakh to a larger audience through the medium of sports.
Further, DC Leh appreciated and expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of all the stakeholders involved in successfully organising the Pangong Marathon.
He also hoped that the issues and concerns of the border villages of the district will be alleviated and it will develop holistically.
Earlier, in his welcome address, ASFL founder, Chamba Tsetan highlighted the objective of conceptualizing and organising the Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon.
Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon makes it to Guinness Book of World Record
He termed the marathon runners, participating from different states of India and the countries of the world, as the ambassadors of sustainable tourism being promoted in Ladakh.
Councillor Chushul Konchok Stanzin delivered the vote of thanks.
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