Guwahati: Climate change is no more a future event; it is real and happening right now. Raising awareness about the ills of this man-made phenomenon, Bhutan concluded Snowman Calibration Run 2019, a 300-km marathon which was at an altitude of over 5,000 metres on Thursday.
The first person to complete the marathon was Sangay Wangchuk, a soldier of the Royal Bhutan Army from Khebisa in Dagana district of Bhutan.
Wangchuk has maintained pace through the marathon as even on the second day, he was the first runner to reach the pit stop. Even during the selection race, he won.
The father of two, Wangchuk has won several full marathons in the country and represented Bhutan six times internationally. He is a physical course instructor at the Military Training Centre in Tencholing and a member of Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation.
The ultra-marathon follows the famed Snowman Trek which has been completed by fewer people than Everest. Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek as one of the most difficult treks of the world.
The run offers perfect snapshots of the effects of climate change — which are evident in the region with the rapidly melting glaciers. This beautiful and fragile land perfectly shows the far-reaching and irreversible impacts of climate change and is a stark reminder of all that needs to be done to combat it.