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Numaligarh Marathon draws overwhelming response from participants

The runs for the different categories were flagged off by MD, NRL, Mr. S.K. Barua, Ms. Sneh Lata Kumar, Independent Director, NRL and Mr. B.J Phukan Director (Technical) NRL from the aforesaid three locations.

By PPFI Team

Febuary 11, 2018

The 3rd edition of Numaligarh Marathon 2018, the flagship sporting event of Numaligarh Refinery Limited was held on 11th Feb 2018 at Numaligarh Township. Conceived to promote the mantra of  ‘ Run to Keep fit’, the Marathon drew overwhelming participation of 3700 participants from the neighbourhood of the Refinery, NRL employees and their families, sports enthusiasts from across the State and the country. International runners from Kenya, Nepal also participated.

The competition was held in three categories- 21.1 km. (Half Marathon), 10 km. (Endurance Run) and 5 km. (Dream Run) amongst men and women. The runs for the different categories were flagged off by MD, NRL, Mr. S.K. Barua from the Community Centre, NRL Township; Ms. Sneh Lata Kumar, Independent Director, NRL and Mr. B.J Phukan Director (Technical) NRL from the aforesaid three locations respectively.  

Participants of Numaligarh Marathon 2018 organised by NRL on 11th Feb 2018.

Results in a gist are as follows:
Men 21.1 KM
1st Prize : James Ndii Nyawira, Kenya : Clocking time : 1:13:26
2nd Prize : Tirtha Pun, Shillong, Meghalaya : Clocking time : 1:15:40
Women 21.1 KM
1st Prize : Cecilih Wangui Warutumo, Kenya : Clocking time : 1:39:13
Men 10 KM
1st Prize : Stilin Jyrwa,, Meghalaya : Clocking time : 32:32
Women 10 KM
1st Prize : Dateibankynmaw Marwein, Shillong : Clocking time : 40:25
Men 5 KM
1st Prize : Joymongal Urang, Golaghat, Assam : Clocking time : 23:22:10
Women 5 KM
1st Prize : Sima Begum, Golaghat, Assam : Clocking time : 31:57:10
Prizes were distributed at the concluding function held at DPS Numaligarh playground . MD, NRL, Mr. S.K. Barua shared that he was overwhelmed by the huge turnout for the event and announced that the next edition of Numaligarh Marathon will have a full Marathon of 42 KM.  Director Technical NRL Mr. Bhaskar Phukan thanked the participants for their support in taking the Marathon to the level that it has attained within 3 years and underscored the fact that it has been able to foster and enhance the sense of goodwill and camaraderie in the neighbourhood. 

NRL MD, Mr. S.K. Barua releasing balloons to mark Numaligarh Marathon 2018
Independent Director NRL Ms. Sneh Lata Kumar expressed her delight to be part of the event that promoted a collective feeling amongst NRL and its stakeholders along with promoting the motto of ‘Run to keep fit. Well known sports personalities like Arjuna Awardee and Asian Games Gold medalist Bhogeswar Barua and World Arm Wrestling Champion Joby Mathews graced the event and exhorted the importance of sports and physical fitness in their speeches at the concluding function held in DPS Numaligarh play ground. 
Bhogeswar Baruah shared the struggles that he had to undergo and underscored the importance of dedication and perseverance that helped  him surmount challenges. 24 time world champion in arm wrestling Joby Mathews from Kochi, Kerela encouraged the young participants with motivational words based on his life experiences. Despite being 60% orthopedically challenged by birth, I have been able to achieve much in life and therefore am of the firm belief that no challenge can cow you down if you have the will and dedication to achieve , he said.

Winner of 21.1 KM category, Numaligarh Marathon - James Ndii Nyawari of Kenya receiving his prize from MD NRL Mr. S.K .Barua
SAKSHAM propagated at Numaligarh Marathon 2018
The platform of Numaligarh Marathon 2018  was also utilised  to propagate the message of SAKSHAM (Sanrakshan kshamata Mahotsav) - 2018 an awareness campaign driven by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas on conservation of Petroleum products of the country during 16th Jan to 15th Feb'17. A dedicated Energy Conservation Team from NRL participated in Numaligarh Marathon to reach out to the masses and spread the message on importance of Energy conservation.

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