From a Correspondent
Tura, Nov 12: More than 500 runners participated in the Turathon Hill Challenge today held at the beautiful route along the tiol Highway – 44 E from Jengjal in West Garo Hills to Megagre in East Garo Hills.
Organised by Tura Runner Club (TRC), the marathon had three different categories – 7 km glory run, 21 km half marathon and 42 km full marathon. It is for the first time that a full marathon was held in Garo hills, which had participation from different parts of the country including Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal.
Bijoy Deka of Assam won the full marathon and received Rs. 1 lakh as the prize money.
He completed the 42 km stretch in 2 hours and 38 minutes, Felex from Kenya stood second, while Tlanding Wahlang of Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi stood second. The differences between the winners were barely 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The second and third winners received Rs 70,000 and Rs. 50, 000 respectively.
The consolation prize in the 42 km category was awarded to Peter Wangi and Kresstarjune Pathaw from South West Khasi Hills.
Meghalaya sports and youth affairs minister Zenith Sangma attended the presentation ceremony and gave away the prizes to the winners. He lauded the effort of the organisers, who have been organising the run for the past three years.