On December 13, Guwahati witnessed the first-ever Trail Running race in the region. Organised on the Monkey Temple Trail situated in Hengerabari Hills near Partiksha Hospital, VIP Road.
The race was well received by the running enthusiasts from around Guwahati, many from different parts of Assam, and even some from the neighbouring states of Meghalaya and Manipur.
The Trail run started in front of the Garmin store at VIP Road and went up the hill before finishing behind Pratiksha hospital. The race was flagged off by Nabaneet Mahanta, APS, and Deputy Commissioner of Police- West Guwahati. Additionally, a well-known marathoner and adventurer Major General (Retd) Dr AVK Mohan also graced the occasion and gave away the prizes. Bubul Khnikar, a well-known face among the long-distance runners of the region, was the race director.
A Trail run can be on any unpaved surface; it can be rocky, muddy, icy, hilly, uphill, or downhill. Trail running is mostly done on hiking or walking paths and is more like the ‘off-road’ version of ‘regular running’ and is an effective full-body workout. More muscles are used than when we run on flat surfaces. It also improves your balance. It’s more technical and unpredictable, hence more fun.
A total of 85 participants took part in the run out of which 21 were women and 64 were men. The winners in the women’s category are Dakahi Kyndiat from Meghalaya followed by Suna Pradhan from Assam and then Dipa Moni from Assam as well. Among men the top positions were clinched by Bipul Satnami from Assam followed by Kresstrajune Pathaw from Meghalaya and finally Innus Ali from Assam.
With the abundance of hills spread all around Guwahati as well as the entirety of Northeast, we have plenty of scope to develop this sport. Trail running as a competitive sport has been around for some time in India and is mostly concentrated around the hilly areas.
The running course is an approximately 5 km long trail that went up and down the hill. The trail consists of naturally occurring obstacles and on many sections, there were rocky, uneven, slippery, and steep slopes, trees, and thorny bushes as well.
The run was organised as part of the opening of the first exclusive Garmin store in Guwahati (Opposite Doordarshan Colony, Borbari, VIP Road). Garmin makes various types of world-renowned GPS navigation enabled sports, fitness, and outdoor activity products.
The race is being managed by Trailnexus.in, a trail sports event platform focused on mountain biking and trail running. Spokehub, Pedal for a Change, and Whacky Talky are the organisations behind the event.