Ladakh hosts World’s highest, India’s first Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon
Leh: In a history making attempt, the Union Territory of Ladakh hosted first Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon Monday, wherein nearly 80 athletes are participating from across the country as well as foreign countries.
The runners who had registered to take part in the 21 kilometers Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon were enthralled by the adventurous event.
Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh in collaboration with LAHDC Leh organised India’s first and world’s highest frozen lake marathon on Frozen Pangong Lake.
The first of its kind, marathon is an attempt to make the Guinness World Record for the world’s highest frozen lake marathon.
India’s first frozen Lake Marathon is being held at a height of 13,862 feet. The starting point of the 21km marathon was at Lukung which will culminate at Maan village.
In the 4 day long marathon, 75 athletes would be running for 21 km on the frozen water of Pangong Tso.
Among the 75 participants, 50 are from outside Ladakh UT, including four international athletes. Several local athletes have represented the region at marathons in other cities are also participating in the history making marathon.
The marathon was called the Last Run to highlight the issue of climate change. Additionally, Indian Army and ITBP were roped for implementation for the event.
The theme of the marathon was “The last Run: a leap towards saving our glaciers”.
This was a golden opportunity to etch the name in the Guinness World Records. It certainly was the next-level marathon ever at such an altitude.
Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh and LAHDC Leh had made all the arrangements for the safe and smooth conduct of the marathon.
They encouragingly took a holistic approach and ensured necessary arrangements for the participants.
People across the district visited to witness the first ever Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon, and cheered for the participants.
Chairman/CEC, Adv. Tashi Gyalson had unveiled the official kit and accessories in presence of Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh (ASFL) founder.
He also during the event extended his good wishes to all the participants for the upcoming event.
The CEC also appreciated the efforts of the Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh for this mega event.
The marathon is now also registered in the Guinness Book of World Record.
Meanwhile, CEC Leh Tashi Gyalson congratulated everyone for making it to the world record. Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is now officially registered in the Guinness Book of World Record, he said, in presence of DC Leh.
“Congratulations we have made it to the world record. Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is now officially registered in the Guinness Book of World Record. An Event inspired from PM @narendramodi Vibrant Border Village Programme,” CEC Leh wrote on his social media Twitter handle.