Synopsis: Ladakh has listed its name in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting the world's highest frozen lake marathon. The marathon was 21 km long and organized in the sub-zero temperature of Pangong Tso at an altitude of 13,862 ft
Pangong Tso, located at an altitude of 13,862 feet, was the site of Ladakh's first-ever 21-kilometer trail running competition, which took place in subzero weather. This has resulted in the establishment of a new Guinness World Record for the highest frozen lake half marathon that has ever been completed.
Ladakh is a beautiful place in the northernmost part of India where you will get the beauty blended in perfect proportion. The region is known for its stark and rugged beauty, with high mountain ranges, deep valleys, and vast expanses of barren land. A few months back, Ladakh took a noble initiative toward a sustainable future by constructing roads from plastic waste. Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake where the marathon was held is a part of eastern Ladakh and West Tibet region situated at an elevation of 4,225 m (13,862 ft).
The marathon lasted for four hours and began in Lukung and ended in the town of Maan reportedly did not result in any injuries to any of the 75 runners who participated. Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, who serves as the Leh District Development Commissioner, shared this information with us.
The name "Final Run" was given to the half marathon in order to bring attention to the issue of climate change and to remind people of the need to preserve the Himalayas. Suse continued by saying that the first-ever Pangong Frozen Lake Half Marathon has now been officially registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. This was a revelation of more information concerning this topic.
He went on to say that the goal of this marathon was not only to raise environmental awareness among the stakeholders through sports, but also to promote sustainable winter tourism in the border villages of eastern Ladakh and give locals more ways to make money, especially during the winter months. This was one of the goals of the marathon.
The marathon was started by the Chief Executive Councillor of LAHDC (Leh), Tashi Gyalson. Along the route of the marathon, there were five energy stations set up, as well as medical teams, energy drinks, oxygen assistance, and mobile ambulances.
According to the reports, all of the participants went through a medical checkup and an acclimatization process that lasted a total of six days before the race. This was done according to the standard operating procedures that the district administration had decided on. They were also allowed to run, but only after they had put on safety gear in order to prevent themselves from falling on the ice.