Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Marathon Man returns with bronze medal from 12-Hour Stadium Run

GANGTOK, 11 Aug: Amar Subba is back in Sikkim with a bronze medal from the 12-Hour Stadium Run held at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on 03 August. The 45-year-old Marathon Man of Sikkim was the only runner from the North-Eastern region to be invited to this Extreme Endurance Challenge.
Mr Subba ran 96 kilometers [240 rounds of the 400 meters lap stadium] in 12 hours. He was just few kilometers short from the winner who ran 106 KMs in 12 hours and runners-up who ran 104 KMs in 12 hours. He was also awarded with a cash prize of Rs 20,000.
Thirty-three runners from different parts of the country participated in this 12-Hour Stadium Run from 6 AM to 6 PM, which was organized by Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon.
Addressing a press conference today, Mr Subba shared that he was confident about finishing in the top 10 before the marathon began but making it to the top three was his ultimate goal.
“So after a tiring run when I heard the announcement that I stood on the third place I could not hold my tears back,” he shared. He further added that the support from spectators in the stadium filled him with new energy and motivation.
"This event was new source of inspiration and a new experience for me", added the Marathon Man.
After running for 8 hours, he was on the 6th position and then he moved forward to the 4th position by the end of 11 hours. He increased his pace to end the last hour of the marathon on the 3rd position, informed Mr Subba.
He thanked his coach Daniel Viaj from Mumbai and all the people of Sikkim and the neighboring hills who supported and encouraged him for this event. “With my work I want to encourage young people. Being a 45-year-old man if I can achieve such feats they can do much better,” he added. He stressed on the importance of practice, dedication and will power to be able to do anything.
There are many talents in the hills who can perform much better especially in long distance running, stated Mr Subba further adding that this field is a good career option for the young.
Now, one of his students, 20-year-old Buddha Singh Limboo of Khechopalri is all set to take part in the Hyderabad Marathon to be held on 24 August. Accompanied by Mr Subba, the young athlete will be leaving on 19 August for the competition.

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