Shillong, Oct. 11: The Shillong Half Marathon for a greener tomorrow, as part of an endeavour to promote eco-tourism in Meghalaya, will be organised on October 27 as a curtain raiser to the Shillong Autumn Festival, 2012.
The event will be organised by the Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) in collaboration with the state government. It comprises a half marathon and a cycling race for a distance of 13 miles, while the green walkathon and junior run is for five miles only.
These events will begin at 7am from Madan Iew Rynghep (Fire Brigade ground), Nongthymmai, and culminate at the Polo parking lot.
MTDF member Raphael Warjri said the pit stops (fluid stations) along the route shall have posters and messages to highlight the various aspects of the degenerated environment. These include air pollution, garbage management, polluted rivers and water resources, random mining and quarrying, abuse and neglect of our heritage structures.
“Participants are encouraged to display costumes and fancy dresses or placards that highlight the issues of concern to create awareness for the degeneration of our environment. Total cash prizes of Rs 1 lakh will be given to the winners of the three events in different categories,” he said.
There will be various prizes, certificates and medals. Prizes will also be given to the best costumes, placards and biggest contingent in the green walkathon.
The incentives include internationally formatted bibs to every participants and light snacks and refreshments at every pit stop all along the route.
“All the central and state government organisations, NGOs, educational institutions, traditional institutions, including the local dorbar shnong (village council) are requested to join hands in this annual affair to foster peace and harmony,” Warjri added.