Celebrating Fitness, Tourism, and Cross-Border Bonds: Meghalaya’s Mawlynnong Run Safari

SHILLONG: 18 September 2023 (PTI Source)

In a jubilant display of athleticism and camaraderie, the Mawlynnong Run Safari's second edition unfolded on September 16 in the scenic locale of Mawlynnong, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. This remarkable marathon, orchestrated by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India (Northeast Division), in collaboration with Meghalaya Tourism & Sportive, attracted an enthusiastic gathering of runners.

A vibrant tapestry of more than 210 runners adorned the event, taking on the challenge of distances spanning 25 km, 10 km, and 5 km. Among the participants were individuals from various walks of life, including members of the Yuva Tourism Club, students, doctors, engineers, and homemakers. A heartwarming sight was young Master Wanmenaki Jeremiah Nongrum, a spirited 5-year-old, who joined the race alongside his mother, symbolizing the event's inclusive spirit.

The marathon's success shone brightly with a total of over 60 spirited participants coming together to celebrate fitness, unity, and the joy of running.

However, this event transcended mere athleticism. It served as a bridge for fostering cross-border relations, notably strengthening the connection between India and Bangladesh. The marathon placed a strong emphasis on people-to-people interactions, promoting mutual understanding and harmony.

A significant highlight of the event was the endorsement of the Ministry of Tourism's initiative to develop Border Area Tourism and Rural/Village Tourism. Participants from diverse Indian states, including Jammu, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, and Manipur, wholeheartedly embraced the marathon, contributing to its resounding success and realizing the event's vision of unity through the combined spirit of sports and tourism.