100 runners and 70 cyclists take part in Serenity Ride & Run 2021

Summit Report

GANGTOK, 22 Nov:

To promote health and fitness through sporting activities among the youth, the first Serenity Ride & Run 2021 was held in a grand manner on Sunday. The Serenity Run 2021, a high-altitude endurance full marathon of 42 km, and the Serenity Ride, a mountain biking competition, received a grand applause from the participants.

The competition was flagged off from Tashi View Point, Gangtok and ended at a height of 12,400 ft at popular tourist spot, Tsomgo Lake.

The event is being organised by a Gangtok-based a rehabilitation and drug treatment centre, Serenity Home with technical support from Hill Bike and Pedal Chain. A total of 100 long distance runners and 70 cyclists participated in the event. The event was flagged off by national boxing coach and Dronacharya Awardee, Sandhya Gurung.

In her address, Ms Gurung appreciated the initiative for providing a big platform for athletes and to encourage youngsters of the State to take up sports and healthy way of living. She encouraged the organisers to continue such events and expressed her hope that such activities would benefit sports and athletes in the near future.

Serenity Home founder, Udai C Rai shared his plans to take the event to the national and international level in future. He expressed that the main objective of the initiative is to inculcate the spirit of competition amongst the youth by providing them a new platform and also to test the physical endurance of athletes from the region. He further expressed his hope that such an event would also highlight the potential and talent of local athletes and encourage youth towards sports and fitness.

The organisers presented cash prizes to top three participants in marathon and cycling, while all participants received medals and certificates for completing their races.

In men’s cycling event, Riyant Rai finished in first position with a timing of 2 hours 59 minutes and 69 seconds, while Phuntshok Sherpa [3:01:25] and Adrian Khawas [3:07:51] stood on the second and third positions respectively.

Likewise, Phurba Deki Sherpa came first with a timing of 4 hours 34 minutes and 52 seconds in women’s cycling event leaving Lhamu Doma Bhutia [5:28:36] in second and Jamu Bhutia [6:00:09] in third positions respectively.

In men's marathon, Suraj Raj Subba came first with a timing of 3 hours 48 minutes and 17 seconds, while Rohit Harijan [4:02:26] and Jayanta Das [4:08:52] finished on second and third positions respectively. Similarly, Anjali Subba stood first with a timing of 4 hours 28 minutes and 50 seconds in women’s marathon and Phurba Tamang [4:55:14] and Bharati Gurung [6:01:00] came second and third respectively.