1st Int’l Karakoram Marathon: Pakistani Men & Foreign Women Dominate

Karakoram Marathon
The Marathon runners at the starting point

NALTAR, GILGIT: A historic moment when over 150 charged up athletes from all over the world ran a marathon in the picturesque valley of Naltar, Pakistan.

This one of its kind high-altitude Karakoram marathon took place at an elevation of 11,300 ft above sea-level, featuring a unique blend of young and old, local and foreign, male and female long distance runners, sweating out on the winding road linking Naltar with the eighth wonder of the world, the Karakoram Highway.

A Total of 150 athletes including 35 International runners from 24 countries participated in the 42 kilometer race. Apart from this, a half-marathon of 21km was also arranged for the amateur category.

In 42 Km Race, Aslam Khan from Ghizar, Gilgit clinched the 1st position in 3:43:59. Whereas the local sensation Ishaq Khan remained runner up. Third on the podium was Ubaid Ur Rehman, hailing from Gilgit.

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In the female category, the foreigners dominated the race and won the first three coveted positions. Caroline Drew from U.K was the first to complete the race in 4:44:10; while Canadian Heather Lee got the second position. The Hungarian Edit Kiss finished third in the race.

In the 21 Km race, Shahid Ali got the first position; whereas, Adnan Khan and Nazar Shah won the second and third spots respectively. In the same category for females, Nadia Rahim outpaced her rivals while Kokab Sarwar and Sobia Ali trailed behind at second and third position.

Karakoram Marathon
Group photograph of the Chief Guest, Marathon runners and the organizers

The event was organized by Pakistan Air Force in collaboration with international marathon Travel Company, Z Adventures, and Serena Hotels.

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