SHILLONG: The Assam Rifles organized the third edition of the half marathon on Sunday at the headquarters of the Directorate General, Assam Rifles, in the Laitkor area of Shillong to promote the 'Fit India Movement', officials said. The run was open to all adults over 18 years old, both men and women, which displayed the spirit of unity in diversity and promoted national unity. An official said that the event, which was conducted against the backdrop of the scenic and majestic hills of East Khasi District at Laitkor, was a major success, as witnessed by the massive and enthusiastic participation of serving personnel and families of Assam Rifles, 101 Area, Eastern Air Command, CRPF, CISF, SSB, and Meghalaya Police. "Adding a cutting edge to the competition, seasoned cross country runners from all over the country took part in the physical and virtual modes of the mega event and presented a challenge to the runners of the Armed Forces and CAPFs," according to an official release.
The run was divided into two categories of 21 km and 10 km, each having its own age group. A total of 747 people participated in the 21 km half marathon, 694 in the 10 km run, in both physical and virtual mode. The Governor of Meghalaya, Phagu Chauhan, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and appreciated the enthusiasm and spirit of the participants and the spectators.
Chauhan handed over the prizes to the winners of the 21 km category. The runners in the 21 Km category in the various age groups included 290 in the 18 to 30, 199 in the 30 to 40, 123 in the 40 to 50, and 135 in the over 50 years category, the official statement mentioned. (IANS)