The much-anticipated 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon 2023, recognized by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), is all set to take place on September 30, 2023.
On September 25, 2023, a comprehensive ground inspection of the entire route and logistical preparations for the 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon were conducted.
This operation was overseen by a team of key individuals, including Isawanda Laloo, IAS, Director of Sports and Chairman of the Organizing Committee; John F Kharshiing, Working President of MSOA and Co-Chairman, H Nayak, IAS, SDO of Sohra Civil Subdivision; and Finely L Pariat, OC and Organizing Secretary for the 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon 2023.
This effort also involved the participation of various departments, such as the Police and Health, along with their representatives. Also the route from Laitsohpliah to Sohra, extending up to Mawsmai, will be temporarily closed to the public from 6 AM to 9 AM on September 30, 2023.
Organized jointly by the Meghalaya Athletics Association and the Meghalaya State Olympic Association, in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Meghalaya, the Sohra half marathon event promises to be a thrilling experience for athletes and running enthusiasts alike.
The Marathon boasts a total prize purse of Rs 11.7 lakh, making it not only a test of endurance but also an attractive prospect for enthusiastic runners looking to showcase their talent.
A striking number of 3547 enthusiastic participants including 6 international athletes have registered for the mega event this year.
The event has various categories to cater to participants of all skill levels and ages like Elite Open 21K Run; Meghalayan Open 21K Run; Meghalayan Open 10K Run; 10K Run for people between 45-55 Years, and, Veteran Above 55 years.
The marathon’s route, starting at the C.P. School in Sohra and winding through the picturesque path from Mawkdok to Sohra, allows runners to soak in the lush greenery and mesmerizing waterfalls of Meghalaya.
Elijah Kipruto Kemei, an enthusiastic participant, all the way from Kenya, is taking part in the Sohra Marathon for the second time. He traveled all the way from Kenya to share his excitement and aspirations for the event. He said, ‘I want to improve my performance and, ultimately, win the event. The course is fantastic, and the organizers have been excellent. The hospitality we’ve experienced here in Meghalaya has been outstanding.’
Isawanda Laloo, IAS, Director, Sports & Youth Affairs, said, “The 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon 2023, apart from drawing athletes from different parts of the country and even the world, is set to be a catalyst for the growth of tourism and livelihood opportunities. Meghalaya is well-positioned for being a favored international destination for sports and adventure tourism.”
She added, “Through this event, we aspire to cultivate a culture of athleticism and sportsmanship among our youth. In just its second edition, our Sohra International Half-Marathon has already earned recognition among international athletes, and we look forward to nurturing and expanding it in the years ahead.”
The marathon’s route, known for its challenging yet rewarding terrain, offers the runners a unique opportunity to test their mettle while enjoying the scenic beauty of Meghalaya. It also provides a platform for local athletes to showcase their talent on a national stage.