Races were held in various parts of Meghalaya on account of National Unity Day today.
In Eastern West Khasi Hills, an 8km race was held in Mairang. It was flagged off by A Nongbri, the Additional Deputy Commissioner in the presence of other officials. There were 57 participants. The top three places in the men’s category were bagged by Shainingstar Marwein, Rahjopkordor Lyngdoh and Mebansainborlang Pathaw, while those in the women’s category were claimed by Ibashongkun Kurbah, Laaihun Hoojon and Nerisa Nongrum. First, second and third-placed finishers were awarded Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 respectively. There was also a consolation prize of Rs 500 for those who came fourth through 11th.
In Nongpoh, a 10km race was open to all Ri-Bhoi residents 14 years and above. It began at Jyntru and ended at the NSCA Indoor Hall. There were 72 runners in all who took part.
Skhemlang Suba crossed the line in a time of 34 minutes, 3 seconds, a little over a minute ahead of the second-placed Monas Bongrung (35:05), who was, in turn, a minute and a half in front of the third-placed Lapynkhraw Thabah (36:36). In the women’s event, Khymdeit took first place with a time of 48:45, which was more than three minutes ahead of Julina Bongrung (51:55) in second. Iarlinda Mukhim (1:00:15) came third.
The winners each received Rs 5,000 as prize money, with Rs 3,000 going to each of the second-placed finishers and Rs 2,000 to those who came third. There were also special prizes for the oldest participants – Helmanshon Makri (men) and Mialda Khymdeit (women) – who finished the race in 72 and 75 minutes respectively. The race was organised by the office of the District Sports Officer in collaboration with the district administration. It was flagged off by Extra Assistant Commissioner Walden Massar. Ri-Bhoi District Sports Association Secretary Dipshon Ryntathiang was also present on the occasion.
North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) also organised a race of its own, which was held on the Shillong campus. L Nongkhlaw, the Rangbah Shnong of Mawlai Mawkynroh, was the chief guest. The event was organized by the office of the Dean of Students Welfare in association with the Sports Department and National Service Scheme Cell.