New Delhi : 04 June 09 :Army Adventure Wing, Directorate General of Military Training, for the first time, fielded four members team in Everest Marathon, the world’s highest, prestigious and renowned International High Altitude Adventure Sports event. The Marathon is organized by Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon Committee every year to commemorate the first ascent to Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. It is conducted as per the Olympic regulations and demands a very high level of physical and mental fitness of the participants. The four member’s Indian team were selected after rigorous training and selection trial organized by Army Adventure Wing in the similar terrain, altitude and weather conditions prevailing at Everest Base Camp.
The marathon, starting from Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 18,000 ft and culminated at Namche Bazar (11,500 ft) traversing through glacial moraine in the Highland Sherpa trails of Khumbu Valley covering a distance of 42.2 KMs. A total of 52 participants from 12 countries is., India, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, USA and UK participated in the event in Foreign Category.
The Indian Army participants brought laurels and glory to the country by winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th position in Foreign Category. Individual position of the Indian Army participants in Foreign Category are LNk Shyam Kesho, ASI Pune, 1st, LNk Om Kumar, 63 Engr Regt, 2nd, Gnr Thoti Ganapathi, 114 Med Regt 3rd and, Sep Rajesh Kumar of 18 Mech Inf 6th .