TURA, Nov 08: The 41st annual 100 Hundred Drums Wangala festival kicked off today with the first ever 10 km Eco Marathon at the Asanang playground early this morning in West Garo Hills.
The highlight for the first day was the ‘Slow Food Fest’ which saw various traditional Garo dishes being cooked and served as part of the ‘Masterchef’ event along with the marathon.
Competition to the event will earnestly begin tomorrow with tourism minister, Metbah Lyngdoh expected to be in attendance.
Today’s marathon was organized by the 100 Drums Wangala Committee with support from the Tura Runners Club (TRC) and District Sports Office (WGH). The event was co-sponsored by ICFAI University and Tura Urban Co-operative Bank Limited.
Dipul Marak, the CEM of GHADC inaugurated the industrial exhibition on the sides of the event. The exhibition will run all three days of the festival. Impressed by the various products, the CEM urged local entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and exhibit their products at the festival. He felt the festival provided an opportunity at entrepreneurship to locals.
The day also saw an inter-locality tug-of-war which was by the Rongkhon Sports Association while the MLP Battalion, Goeragre emerged runners up. The marathon was won by Batsrang A Sangma from Tebrongre in WGH in the Men’s category while Jamsingstar Ramsiej and Stilin Jyrwa from Mawkarwat, South West Khasi Hills coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Dateibankynmaw Marwein, Bandasharai Marwein from Mawkyrwat and Unity Sna from Mupliang were the winners in the women’s competition. Greden W Marak (67) was the oldest participant among men while the honour went to Dorothy Marak (50) amongst women.
Meanwhile various Wangala troupes continued their practice sessions in preparations for the main events coming tomorrow onwards.