Indian Navy Runners Sweep Podium in the Fourth Himalayan Running Festival
Indian Naval Team consisting one Officer, six sailors and one defence civilian participated in various running events from 15 to 23 June 2019 including the Hell Race, as a part of Fourth Himalayan Running Festival.
The high altitude running competition comprised gruelling events such as Vertical Kilometre, a one of its kind and first in India event having elevation of 1,000 metres in less than five kilometre distance and High 5s, where runners are expected to complete five full marathons in five consecutive days running at an average altitude of over 4,000 metres.
Runners from the Indian Navy swept the podium in the High 5s event with Sanjay Kumar, EA(P)3 setting a new record by clocking 28 hours, 45 mins and 12 secs while Lt Cdr Yogesh Tiwari of INS Tabar and Kapil Kumar PO PTI of INS Trishul also broke the previous record and came second and third respectively.
The runners bravely crossed high altitude passes over a course of five days that include Rohtang Pass (13,050 Ft), Baralachala Pass (16,085 Ft), Nakela Pass (16,175 Ft), Lachungla Pass (16,580 Ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,500 Ft) while braving sub-zero temperatures and freezing winds during this event aptly named 'Hell Race'.