Gangtok, July 30
Marathon Man of Sikkim, Amar Subba has expressed happiness and satisfaction on his performance in the recently held 24 Hours Stadium Run to be held on 20 and 21 July at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. Even after sustaining ankle injuries during the run, he covered the distance of 134.3 KMs in 24 hours and finished this ultra-marathon on 24th position in the open category.
The run, which was organised by NEB Sports, Bengaluru, was started at 6 PM on 20 July and continued till 6 PM of 21 July. It has to be mentioned here that he stood on the third position by covering 151.7 KMs in 24 hours in the last edition of the 24 Hours Stadium Run held at Mumbai last year.
Speaking to media persons today, 50-years-old Mr Subba expressed his happiness and satisfaction on completing the Stadium Run despite of sustaining ankle injuries after running 8 hours. He mentioned that a total of 67 ultra runners from in and outside the State had participated in the event and 19 were disqualified on not covering the qualifying distance. He mentioned that a runner has to cover the distance of atleast 125 KMs in 24 hours to get qualify in the event.
It is informed that Mr Subba sustained ankle injuries after completing the run of 8 hours and then treated by a physiotherapist. “Although it was very painful for me to resume my run but I decided not to give up and after taking advice from physiotherapist I again started running,” he said.
He mentioned that the association of the International Association of Ultrarunners [IAU] for the first time in this event had took it to the international-level and had the participation of many experienced international runners in the event. “It was a learning experience for me to run with international runners and it motivated me to perform better in the future competitions. However, I am very happy and satisfied that I did not give up despite of my injuries,” he expressed.
Mr Subba informed that IAU has now decided to take selected ultra runners from events of NEB Sports in the international level competition. He informed that any runner who will complete atleast 100 KMs in hours, 120 KMs in 12 hours and 220 KMs in 24 hours will be selected for the international events.