Young athlete Hamid creates history, runs non-stop 110 kms from Srinagar to Baltal

22-year-old Hamid Aziz, who hails from Downtown, managed to cover 110 kms distance in 10.45 hours which is a first by any sportsmen who has crossed over 100 kms on single day.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 23 2017 12:02AM | Updated Date: Oct 23 2017 12:02AM
Young athlete Hamid creates history, runs non-stop 110 kms from Srinagar to BaltalGK Photo

A young athlete created history in annals of Kashmir sports by running non-stop 110 km from Srinagar to Baltal on Sunday.

22-year-old Hamid Aziz, who hails from Downtown, managed to cover 110 kms distance in 10.45 hours which is a first by any sportsmen who has crossed over 100  kms on single day.

He had recently participated in 59th senior nationals in July this year in Andra Pradesh.

Hamid has already covered 60 kilometers run on a single day earlier with the Australian marathon runner Pat Farmer who concluded his Pan India marathon in Srinagar on March 27, 2017.

Besides, he has won the state championship on December 9, 2013.

Earlier in his college days, he won all the inter-college road races.

His acumen for long runs has promoted him to set out for his personal best of running over 100 kilometers which he has scheduled for October 22, 2017.

Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah flagged off 110 km marathon run at 7:15 am from Boulevard Srinagar which culminated at Baltal in Sonamarg at 6:30 pm.

The run is was organized by Department of Tourism Kashmir with an active support from Discover Kashmir travel magazine, Hotel Shahenshah Palace in Srinagar, Hotel Snowland Sonamarg, Hattrick Foods, Damna Adventures.

Twenty athletes accompanied Hamid till Sonamarg and one of the athletes covered non-stop 53 kilometers. Besides, three top cyclists of Kashmir also escorted Hamid.

Sky Running Federation provided technical support to the event while as physical teacher Umar Nabi and athlete Riyaz Wani monitored the race.

Earlier at the flag off ceremony Director Tourism said Kashmir has no dearth of talented sportspersons who need to be promoted.

“We are happy that a guy from downtown Srinagar has wished to run 110 ultra marathon run. He has been inspired by ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer.  The successful completion of this ultra marathon run is an amazing feat and it also encourage other youth to take sports seriously.”

Hamid also plans to run 450 km in spring 2018 from Srinagar to Leh in seven days and 1000 kilometers in 2019 to ultimately aim for Kashmir to Kanyakumari run in five years of time.

Sports Council Athletic Coach and Manager of Bakshi stadium Sheikh Tulal, Owner of Ghani Glider Sports Club were also present at the flag off ceremony.

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