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Blade runner Major D.P. Singh, Bhaichung Bhutia, former Indian hockey captain Bharat Chhetri and hundreds participate in Darjeeling marathon
DARJEELING, : Hundreds participated in the 8th edition of Darjeeling Hill Marathon organized by Darjeeling police.
Held with the theme "Run for Unity", the marathon had six events with men’s and women’s category in 21km half marathon, 10km run and a police-only 10km run.
Brand ambassador Major D.P. Singh said, "I am happy to be part of this marathon and it was done on a special day of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I see disability as a blessing for me as after getting losing my leg after in the war, I started running and creating different records."
Major Singh is a Kargil War veteran along with a blade runner and solo disabled skydiver.
"Darjeeling is a place with vibrancy, passion and sportsman spirit. We feel rejuvenated when we come to such places. Sport is one thing that keeps all of us united," said Singh.
Also making appearances today were former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia and former Indian hockey captain Bharat Chhetri.
"This marathon is making a name of one of the top marathons in the country. With the support of locals it can become better," said Bhutia.
The marathon which started from and ended at Chowrasta had cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 for the 21 km category. The prizes for the 10 km categories were Rs. 25,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000.
Anish Thapa stood first in the men’s category of 21 km run, while Savita Pal was fastest among the women.
"I have been taking part in this marathon for many years and this is the fourth time that I have won, and it feels good," said Thapa.
On the other hand, Savita Pal was participating in Darjeeling marathon for the first time. “I am really elated for the win. I am presently preparing for the nationals."
Darjeeling SP Santosh Nimbalkar expressed gratitude to the hills citizens for participating in the annual event and said that the police were promoting different sports like football and volleyball as well.
With Bollywood singer Jubin Nautiyal's performance cancelled, local bands like Mantra and Parichay entertained the gathering with their songs.