A marathon on the frozen Pangong Lake will be held on February 20
19.02.2024 India Ladakh   15
A marathon on the frozen Pangong Lake will be held on February 20

A unique and distinctive marathon, shedding light on the impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers in Ladakh will be organized on February 20 on the frozen Pangong Lake close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

The event will be the second of its kind and will be held at an altitude of almost 4,350m above sea level, showcasing the unique challenges of running on a frozen lake.

Organized by the Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh (ASFL) in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and Ladakh Administration, this marathon stands out for its commitment to sustainability.

Telling more about it , organizers added that the event will be held using an environmentally sustainable approach, ensuring that no plastic water bottles or waste-generating products are used during the event. In their message, the organizers elaborated on the power of sport to unite people of different races and religions, especially in tackling larger issues such as the climate crisis.

The Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon, a unique initiative, year is deliberately limited to 50 runners of all abilities. Around the world, marathons on frozen lakes, such as the Icebug Frozen Lake Marathon in Norway, have become recognized as exciting adventure events. Running in winter comes with its own set of challenges, but running on a frozen lake will add an extra thrill to adventure seekers from across the country and the world.

A delegation led by Chamba Tsetan, founder of the Ladakh Adventure Sports Federation, met with Vice Ladakh Governor Brig B.D. Mishra (Retd) to discuss the upcoming marathon. Officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's highest half marathon on a frozen lake, the event aims to promote winter tourism in Changthang and promote sustainable development on a global scale.

This year's marathon will include both a full and half marathon on the frozen Pangong Lake, preceded by proper acclimatization in Leh. Safety measures will include a medical team and hot water points at 5km intervals accompanied by an ambulance throughout the event.

Participants are advised to bring first aid supplies with them essentials such as headlamps, warm jackets and raincoats to withstand challenging conditions. The marathon serves not only as an adventure, but also as a platform to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the fragile Himalayan ecosystem, promoting the spirit of sustainable development and global cooperation.

Source: timesofindia

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