SHILLONG, May 14: August 25 next will see the convergence of long distance runners at Sohra where the Rotary Sohra Marathon will be held.
The aim of the marathon is to promote a culture of fitness and to encourage untapped talented athletes of the state to adopt running as a career, as was said by State Sports and Youth Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh on Monday.
Christened “An AdventuRe in the Rain”, the marathon promises participants an experience of running in Sohra which holds the record for receiving the maximum rainfall in a single day.
The four-category run will start and end at end at Saitsohpen and while the full marathon (42.2km) will run through a scenic course with uphill and downhill stretches, the organizers are hoping for an extra downpour to make the run more fun.
A half marathon (21.1km) and a 10km run for beginners will be on a fairly flat route while a 5km fun run is aimed at encouraging families and newcomers to the sport.
“It is only befitting that Shillong which is known as the rock capital of India will also be known as the sports capital with the events in the years ahead,” Lyngdoh said while announcing the marathon.