HIMALAYAN 100 MILE STAGE RACE: DARJEELING, INDIA
October 24 – 28, 2016
The 26th Himalayan Run & Trek International Annual Events (Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race) went off successfully during October 24 – 28, 2016 in Darjeeling area, the North-East Himalayan ranges. Adventurers from 14 countries including Germany, UK, Austria, USA, Argentina, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada etc. took part in this novel event. The Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race has been distinguished as one of the world’s most challenging and toughest endurance events with ‘AAA’ rating.
Local Govt. tourism official flagged off the race while admiring the efforts made by Mr. C S Pandey, Race Director in encouraging the runners from all over the world to see the unparalleled beauty of the Himalaya and promoting such an event which is very unique.
Mr. David Fontaine from France won the 26th International Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race with an overall time of 18 Hrs. 08 Min. got the privilege to receive the Sant Nagpal Baba Memorial Gold Award with the first prize. Among males, the second and third position won by Mr. Stuart Cox (Australia) with a time of 19 Hrs. 07 Min. and Mr. Jas Sanghera, (UK) with a time of 19 Hrs. 51 Min. respectively. Among the females, the first position won by Ms. Anna Petrakos (Australia) with a time of 22 Hrs. 46 Min., the second position won by Ms. Fiona McIntosh (South Africa) with a time of 25 Hrs. 05 Min. and Ms. Annette Petzold (Germany) with a time of 26 Hrs. 35 Min. declared the third winner.
The youngest participant is Ms. Bianca Spinelli from Argentina (14 Years). The oldest participant is Ms. Noema Williams from New Zealand (70 Years) while award for environmental mission was presented to Ms. Maria Alvarado from Spain. In this race, female participants gave tough competition to male participants. This event is also described as most beautiful race in the world and most challenging, endurance race in the world.
Deputy Director, Local Government was the chief guest of award ceremony. He highly appreciated the efforts, enthusiasm and energy of Mr. C.S.Pandey in the field of adventure tourism mentioning that the team who has organized this beautiful race for 26 years, for all that credit goes to Mr. C S Pandey who is organizing this race with only single team and it is only possible by the sincere, dedicated and specialized efforts of Mr. C S Pandey. He also thanked all participants on behalf of local govt. and conveyed his special thanks to Shri C S Pandey for promoting adventure tourism in Darjeeling region worldwide.
The course traversed vast tea gardens, isolated jungles and small villages. Participants also got opportunity to have the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (four out of five highest peaks in the world). According to the runners, the race trail is most beautiful and exciting. It also offers a rare and once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the cold breezes that hover around the rhododendron forests which holds more than four thousand types of flowering plants and three hundred varieties of rare ferns.
Simultaneously the 22nd Everest Challenge Marathon also took place on the third day of the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race.
Mr. C. S. Pandey & Ms. Mansi Pandey were the Race Director and Asst. Race Director of the events. According to C S Pandey, “eco-friendly adventure sport is the best way to enhance ones’ spirits and brighten life. Becoming one with nature is the most satiating experience one can have, as it helps to keep the body and mind in perfect condition.” The central ambition behind this eco adventure sport mission is to preserve the environment and thousands year old local heritage of Indian Himalaya for future generation.
MT. EVEREST CHALLENGE MARATHON
OCTOBER 26, 2016, DARJEELING, INDIA
The 22nd International Annual Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon was successfully held on October 26, 2016 at Darjeeling. It started at Sandakphu National Park with the participants from 14 countries (Germany, UK, Austria, USA, Argentina, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada) negotiated the trails from Sandakphu to Rimbik via Phalut. The trail course varies from 12,000 ft to 6,350 ft.
Mr. David Fontaine from France won the first position with a time of 5 Hrs. 32 Min. The second position went to Mr. Stuart Cox from Australia with 5 Hrs. 51 Min. and the third position went to Mr. Jas Sanghera from UK with 6 Hrs. 45 Min. Among females, Ms. Anna Petrakos from Australia was the first woman to finish the marathon with an overall time of 6 Hrs. 56 Min. Second position went to Ms. Fiona McIntosh (South Africa) with 7 Hrs. 22 Min. and the third women to finish was Ms.Helena Knightley from UK with a time of 8 Hrs. 28 Min. Walkers got a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the serene and magnificent beauty of trail at own pace.
Participants seemed to agree with Runners World magazine in describing the Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon as the “World’s Most Beautiful Marathon”. Mr.C.S.Pandey was the Race Director.
The course traversed isolated jungles and small villages and participants got an opportunity to have the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (four out of five highest peaks in the world). The event was held simultaneously with the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race.
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