Marathon Man Amar Subba shares Nepal run experience

Gangtok, 09 Jun:

Marathon Man of Sikkim, Amar Subba, has expressed his happiness on successfully completing the recently concluded Spiritual Run and Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal.

It may be mentioned here that Marathon Man participated in a 300 km long Spiritual Run from Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, to Everest Base Camp held from 14-28 May. He also participated in the world’s highest marathon, Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, from Mount Everest base camp on 29 May. He bagged a silver medal in half marathon of 21 km with the timing of 2 hours 33 minutes and 15 seconds.

“It was a proud moment for me to be a part of the Spiritual Run. During the whole run I also prayed for the peace and welfare of Sikkim and its people. It was also a rare opportunity for me to explore beautiful high altitude places of Nepal,” said Mr Subba today in a press conference.

There were only four runners in the Spiritual Run, Mr Subba and three others from Nepal.

The 48-year-old Marathon Man also expressed his happiness and satisfaction on winning a silver medal in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

“It was the toughest marathon of my life. The main problem I faced was the lack of oxygen but I was committed to bring glory to Sikkim and when I finished the marathon in second place I forgot all my pains,” he said.

The marathon started from Everest Base Camp [5,364 m] and covered the route of Gorakshep [5,140 m], Lobuche Pass [5,110 m], Dughla Pass [4,620 m], Dingboche [4,530 m], Pheriche Pass [4,270 m], Tengboche [3,867 m] and ended at Namche Bazaar [3,440 m].

The marathon was organised to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May, 1953.

He thanked the organisers for inviting him to the event and all well wishers for their support.

Mr Subba is now practicing for the upcoming 24 Hours Stadium Challenge to be held on 28 July in Bangalore. Earlier, he participated in 12 Hours challenge of this event in 2014 and stood third after covering a distance of 96 KMs.

“I will now immediately start preparation in different altitudes in and outside the State. My morale is high with my recent performances in Nepal and it will also help me for my upcoming event,” he said.