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2019 Pakistan High Altitude Marathon: 154 World Runners Compete; National Athletes Dominate
ISLAMABAD: It was a momentous occasion in Pakistan, as 154 ecstatic long distance runners from across the world, participated in the Khunjarab Highest Altitude Road Marathon.
A total of 154 athletes including 39 International runners from 17 countries participated in the race, which was held in three categories: Ultra marathon (50 km), Marathon (42 km) and Half-marathon (21 km).
Having commenced from the top of magnificent Khunjarab pass, and while descending down the famous Karakoram Highway, the race ended in Sust, a small town in the majestic pass.
This highest ever marathon held at an elevation of 4693 meters above sea-level, featured a unique blend of young and old, local and foreign, male and female long distance runners, sweating out on the 8th wonder of the world.
The athletes from Pakistan clinched all the top positions as follows:
- 50 Km Race – Muhammad Siyar from Pak Army clinched the 1st position; whereas, Aslam Khan from GB Scouts remained runner up. Third on the podium was Muhammad Iqbal.
- 42 km Race – Army Athletics Team dominated the race and bagged the first three coveted positions. Umair Haider secured 1st position, whereas, Muhammad Faheem and Sohail Tanveer won the second and third spots respectively.
- 21 Km Race – Mirza Aslam Baig remained first; whereas, Abdul Muheet and Musawwar ur Rehman won the second and third positions respectively.
The race was organized by WSFP – Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan, PAF – Pakistan Air Force in association with international marathon Travel Company, Z Adventures and Serena Hotels.
Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan and Air Marshal Aasim Zaheer, President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan were also present at the occasion.
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