Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sikkim athlete announces 500 km run to promote AIDS awareness REBYNA RANA

GANGTOK, 29 July: In order to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS, 24-year-old Shanti Ram Nepal is all set to run a distance of 500 kilometers across the state starting on 25 August 2014.
Hailing from Tumin-Lingee, East Sikkim, Mr. Nepal started running in 2000 and also opened a club for athletes called “Daring Bulls Club” at Paljor Stadium in 2010.
Speaking to NOW!, he informed that he intends to beat the record of another Sikkimese athlete, Amar “The Marathon Man” Subba, who ran 450 km across Sikkim in 2009 to enter his name in the Limca Book of Records.
“Amar Subba completed 450 kms in seven days but I hope to cover 500 kms in 5 days,” Mr. Nepal said.
He informed that he ran 113 kms from Gangtok to Siliguri last year on 31 May to enter his name in the Guinness Book of World Records but was not successful. “I have been waiting for an opportunity to set a record and enter the Guinness Book of World Records,” he stated.
The athlete also expressed his dissatisfaction over the lack of support from the state government for such efforts.
Mr. Nepal will begin his run from MG Marg here covering Mangan via Phodong, then Mangan to Makha via Dikchu, on to Gyalshing via Yangyang-Ravangla, to Melli via Jorethang, and onwards to Gangtok via Singtam-Ranipool.
The five-day run is being sponsored by the Sikkim State AIDS Control Society.

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