Assam Rifles organises half marathon
Dimapur, Feb. 20 (EMN): Assam Rifles organised a half marathon as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”celebrations and to promote “Fit India Movement” at the Headquarters of Directorate General Assam Rifles, Laitkor Garrison, Shillong on Sunday.
The Half Marathon was flagged off by Lt. Gen. K C Panchanathan, AVSM, 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, a press release informed.
The run was divided into three categories of 21 km, 10 km and 2.5 km with its own age groups. Ninety-seven people participated in the 21 km half marathon, 245 in the 10 km run and 332 in 2.5 km ‘Run for Fun’.
Group Capt. Saikat stood first in the over 51 years, 21 km category, while Col. E J Simeon stood second and Lt. Gen. P C Nair, AVSM, YSM, DG Assam Rifles along with Commander Venkatesh (retd.) won the joint third prize.
In the 41 to 50 age category of 21 km, Rifleman Bharat Bhushan, Rifleman Devender and Sub /SKT Bishan Singh won the first, second and third prizes respectively. Rifleman S U Visle, Rifleman Kosting Dhar and Rifleman Francis Zimik won the first, second and third prize in the 31 to 40 age group.
The event saw the participation of children barely five years old, who successfully completed the 2.5 km category.
The half marathon commemorated 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, achievements, it said.