The Rotary Club of Shillong is back with this year’s Rotary Sohra Marathon at Sohra, which will be held on August 25. The vision of the marathon is to establish a sustainable community-centric annual event that encourages healthy lifestyle among the participants and also promote the culture of running.
Sohra is the second wettest place in the world after Mawsynram. The Sohra Marathon was first organised in 2015 and thereafter in 2016 under the aegis of Run Meghalaya.
Kailash Varma, the chairman of the Rotary Sohra Marathon Committee said that the objective is to promote tourism by making it an annual event, apart from promoting healthy lifestyle and physical fitness. The chairman also expects good participation from across the Northeast and the country. Some runners from Kenya are also likely to take part.
The marathon will comprise a full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), 10km run and a 5km fun run. There will be seven age categories. There will be more than 15 water stations along the route characterised by hilly (both uphill and downhill) to relatively flatter land towards the end of the race, Varma added.
The marathon will be run on an internationally certified course, measured by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. Modern chip timing systems would be used to record the timings.
Certificates of completion would be given to participants finishing the race in their respective categories.
As a part of its long-term vision, Rotary Club of Shillong will also initiate social projects related to education and sport in Sohra and its surrounding villages, including a run for the children of Saitsohpen.