IAF flags off ‘Glory Run’ to commemorate Kargil victory
Dimapur, Sep. 21 (EMN): A team of 25 air warriors on Saturday embarked on a unique expedition called ‘Kargil to Kohima (K2K)-Glory Run’ to commemorate the 20th year of Kargil victory.
Organised by Indian Air Force, the ultra-marathon was flagged off at Kargil War Memorial, Drass (J&K) on September 21 and will culminate at Kohima War Cemetery on November 6, informed an update from the Ministry of Defence.
“Kohima and Kargil are the two forward-most outposts of India in the East and in the North where two of the fiercest battles were fought in 1944 and 1999 respectively,” read the press release.
The team will cover a distance of more than 4500 km in 45 days by running an average of 100 km per day. “The team will be following Drass-Leh-Manali Highway where average elevation is 13,000 feet with its highest elevation being 17480 ft at Tanglang-La mountain pass. The team will be crossing many small streams of ice-cold water from snow-capped mountains, which demands audacious attitude to negotiate the treacherous mountainous terrain.
“Some of the passes in Ladakh region are Namiki-La (12198 ft), Fout-La (13510 ft), Tanglang-La (17480 ft), Lachung-La (16613 ft), Baralancha-La (16040 ft) and Rohtang (13129 ft). The team will undertake this adventurous expedition involving camping and living outdoors, managing and surviving in snow, rain and extreme climate through varied terrain of Ladakh, HP (Himachal Pradesh), Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Nagaland,” the update informed.
The expedition was flagged off by Air Vice Marshal PM Sinha AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding J&K.