First ever Tuffman Ultramarathon held in Andamans
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PORT BLAIR, FEB 12: A&N Island witnessed the first ever ultra marathon conducted by Tuffman in association with Chakraborty hospitals. It started at 2 am for 80 km and at 5 am for 20, 30 and 50 km runners. Runners were around 50 in number from different parts of India and some NRIs. There were also about 10 locals, including Mr Girish Arora, the president of chamber of commerce, who did his first 20km run and Dr Sudip Chakraborty who completed 50km. The good presence of local volunteers along with drum beating, made the whole atmosphere, a festive one and not to forget the presence of police personel through out the route, which allayed any sense of insecurity especially for women runners early in the morning.
Once the sun came up, it became really hot and humid as the loops of marina park and Corbyn’s Cove facing eastward, the sun was right on the face. So the runners really had it tough. Egged on by volunteers and fellow runners, they completed the run. Of all the runs, this ultra seemed real tough because of humidity. Multiple hydration points along with dry fruits, ice sponges, ice bags for cooling the head and foot, really did the trick. No runner had any major injury.
The MD of Tuffman company Mr Sanjay Mangla has conveyed his gratitude to A&N administration for successful conduct of the event. He intends to make it an annual event. He hoped that such events will not only boost tourism but also spread health awareness among locals.