SHILLONG, Jan 12: Anish Thapa from Shillong won the fifth edition of Amway Darjeeling Police Marathon 2018 in Men’s category on Friday which was organized by Darjeeling Police and Amway India.
The marathon was held in Darjeeling in collaboration with GTA, to celebrate the 155th Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The objective behind organizing the Amway Darjeeling Police marathon was to spread awareness about health and fitness amongst people in Darjeeling and North Bengal. The sporting event was also dedicated to establish peace and harmony between people of Hills and plains.
While Anish took the first position, Mikiyas Yemata from Ehiopia and Hari Singh from Hyderabad secured the second and third position respectively in Men’s Category.
In women’s category Kanchi Maya Kozo from Nepal won the half marathon while Monika Chaudhary from Lucknow and Seema from New Delhi came in second and third position respectively
Anju Bobby George, noted athlete, flagged off the Amway Darjeeling Police Marathon at Sukhika Pokhri 7.30 am. Chandra Chakraborty, Regional Manager, Eastern Region, Amway India, Siddh Nath Gupta, ADG – North Bengal, Manoj Kumar Verma, IG – Darjeeling, Ajay Kr. Nand, IG- CIF, Dr. Humayun Kabir, DIG – Darjeeling, Akhilesh Chaturvedi, SP- Darjeeling and Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police (Operations), Darjeeling were also present on the occasion. Darjeeling Police also felicitated 10 sports personalities from the hills, including former Indian Hockey team captain Bhrat Chetri.
Speaking on the occasion Akhilesh Chaturvedi, SP- Darjeeling Darjeeling Police, said, “Amway Darjeeling Police Marathon has become immensely popular among sports and fitness enthusiasts. We hope this marathon will become an international marathon in the years to come.”
Chandra Chakraborty, Regional Manager, East, Amway India, said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Darjeeling Marathon for the fifth year in a row. The event has become bigger with each passing year. We hope that this marathon will inspire more people to live and adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
The fifth edition of the Amway Darjeeling Police Marathon was a Half Marathon covering a stretch of 21 kilometers for professional runners as well as sports lovers and fitness enthusiasts in both men as well as women categories.
The top rankers in all the categories were rewarded with a cash prize, a medal and a certificate. There was a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh for the winner; Rs. 75,000 for the first runner-up and Rs 50,000 for second runners up. In addition, there were more prizes as well as special gift hampers sponsored by Amway India for the top finishers.