Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu participates in marathon
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday took part in ‘Run for Nature’, a marathon race organized as part of the ongoing Tawang festival at Tawang, which started from Tawang Monastery.
Khandu welcomed the participants of the marathon and flagged off the race for ‘veteran’ and ‘senior girls’ category while himself taking part in the ‘senior boys’ category. The ‘junior girls’ and ‘junior boys’ categories were flagged off by a senior member.
The Chief Minister ran the five-kilometer distance together with the other participants of the marathon.
About 500 participants from all over the district took part in the race that culminated at Tawang War Memorial, an official communiqué informed.
The participants were received by Brigadier Zubin Bhatnagar, Commander of 190 Mountain Brigade at the brigade campus.
Earlier Khandu in his speech thanked the Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi for organizing the event. He said due to Centre’s emphasis on health, there has been tremendous awareness on fitness all over the country.
Speaking on the theme for marathon, the Chief Minister exhorted all to save nature and protect environment. He urged the people to nurture nature to have a better future.
The winner of each category walked away with Rs 25,000. The runner up, second runner up with Rs 15,000 and Rs 7,000 respectively. Five consolation prizes of Rs 2000 for each category were also awarded, the communiqué added.