Assam Rifles conduct inaugural Half Marathon in Shillong, DG also participates
Shillong: The Assam Rifles organized the inaugural Half Marathon as part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations on Sunday (February 20) at the Headquarters of Directorate General Assam Rifles, Laitkor Garrison, Shillong in Meghalaya.
The Half Marathon was flagged off by Lt Gen KC Panchanathan, GOC 101 Area and saw an enthusiastic participation of more than 678 serving personnel and families of Assam Rifles, 101 Area, 58 GTC, ARC, Eastern Air Command and CRPF.
The run was divided in three categories of 21 km, 10 km and 2.5 km each having its own age groups.
97 people participated in 21 km half Marathon, 245 in the 10 km run and 332 in 2.5 km Run for Fun.
Gp Capt Saikat stood first in the over 51 years, 21 km category while Col EJ Simeon stood second and Lt Gen PC Nair, DG Assam Rifles won the joint third prize with Commander Venkatesh (retd).
The other winners of the 21 km category as per age group included Rifleman Bharat Bhushan, Rifleman Devender and Sub /SKT Bishan Singh winning the first, second and second prizes in the 41 to 50 age category.
Rifleman SU Visle, Rifleman Kosting Dhar and Rifleman Francis Zimik won the first, second and third prize in the 31 to 40 age group.
Rifleman Marvin, Rifleman Rajesh Singh and Rifleman Anil Gurung stood first, second and third in the 18 to 30 age group category of 21 km.
The fervour and spirit of the marathon was boosted further with the participation of ladies and children in all categories. Children barely 5 years old participated and successfully completed the 2.5 km category showing their enthusiasm and resolve.
The Assam Rifles, popularly known as the ‘Sentinels of the North East’, has committed itself towards peace and development of the North East.
It has carried out numerous activities promoting 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' and 'Fit India Movement' in the past. This not only brings cohesiveness in the region but also plays a pivotal role towards Nation Building and Unity, thereby making it a 'Force that Binds the North East'.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)