Kashmir has no dearth of talented sportspersons: Dir Tourism
SRINAGAR: Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah flagged off this first of its kind 110 km ultra marathon run from Hotel Shahansha Boulevard Srinagar which culminated at Baltal in Sonamarg at around 6:30 pm on Sunday.
Athlete Hamid Aziz one of Valley’s top athletes managed cover a distance of 110 kms non-stop in 10.45 hours which has happed first time that any person crossed over 100 km on single day.
The run was organised by Department of Tourism Kashmir.
Around 20 athletes are also accompanying Hamid who ran minimum of 30 km in intervals till Sonamarg. One of the athletes covered non-stop 53 kilometers. Besides, three cyclists of the Kashmir Valley also escorted Hamid Aziz.
Earlier at the flag ceremony Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said Kashmir has no dearth of talented sports persons who need to be promoted.
“We are happy that a guy from downtown Srinagar has wished to run 110 ultra marathon run. He has been inspired by ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer. The successful completion of this ultra marathon run is an amazing feat and it also encourage other youth to take sports seriously.”
Hamid also plans to run 450 km in spring 2018 from Srinagar to Leh in seven days and 1000 kilometers in 2019 to ultimately aim for Kashmir to Kanyakumari run in five years of time.
22-year-old Hamid who is from downtown had recently participated in 59th Senior National in July this year in Andra Pradesh.
Hamid has already covered 60 kilometers run on a single day earlier with the Australian marathon runner Pat Farmer who concluded his Pan India great marathon in Srinagar on March 27, 2017.
Besides, he has won the state championship on December 9, 2013.
Earlier in his college, he won all the inter-college road races and retained the title till he studied is under gradation in 2013, 2014, 2015.
The latest achievement to him has been the participation of the India Expedition Adventure Race which was held in Srinagar, Sonamarg and Leh.